Violence In Romeo And Juliet

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In the thrilling classic written by William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet told the story of two lovers that wound up dying because of a critical communication mistake. The gist of the tale was that the Capulets and the Montagues held a long-standing hatred of one another that ultimately caused Romeo and Juliet to hide their marriage due to fear of rejection, disapproval, and denial. The main characters of the story included: Romeo, Juliet, the nurse, Benvolio, Tybalt, Capulet, Lady Capulet, Montague, Lady Montague, Rosaline, Paris, and Friar Lawrence. The purpose of the play seemed to be that violence is not the answer. As noted in the play, the deaths of the family’s young could have been avoided by forgiving one another with love and compassion. …show more content…
As Friar Lawrence pointed out, he bounced back too quickly from his love with Rosaline, and then almost immediately after she rejected him, he wanted to marry Juliet. The only reason Friar Lawrence even agreed to marry Romeo and Juliet was because he wanted a truce between their two families, and he believed that the marriage between them would provide just that. Romeo came off as an annoying, love-sick boy that didn’t really know the definition of love. Juliet came off slightly more faithful, as she was never interested in a guy before Romeo. Also, as her mother pointed out when she tried to convince her to marry Paris, in that day and age it was common to marry off even earlier than Juliet was. However, it was dramatic and over the top that Juliet killed herself over Romeo and vice versa. Death happened a lot in that day and age, and it just came off as a very unrealistic depiction of what their reaction would have been. I do find it ironic, however, that the greatest love story in history ends in two suicides.

As a whole, Romeo and Juliet was certainly a work of art that everyone who appreciates theatre should experience at some point in their life. The aesthetic distance seems to disappear as one gets into the storyline. From the balcony where one roots for Romeo to woo his second love, to when he drinks the poison one feels sadness and anger; this play clearly does an excellent job of playing on the audience’s

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