Romeo And Juliet Actions Essay

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The Death Of Romeo And Juliet-Who’s Responsible?
Often, the main characters in a story are not the only ones responsible for their ultimate fates, and the final outcome of the plot. An example of a story where the main characters’ destinies are influenced by both their own actions and by the actions of other characters, is the Shakespeare play Romeo and Juliet. Romeo and Juliet is an example of a tragic love-story about two star-crossed lovers, who meet untimely deaths as a result of both their own choices and the actions of other people in their lives. In the play Romeo and Juliet, Romeo, Juliet, and Friar Lawrence are all responsible for the outcome of the play, and in turn, the deaths of Romeo and Juliet.
Romeo’s impulsive behaviour throughout
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He experiences difficulty identifying the right choices in many different situations, often acting impulsively. These impulsive actions ultimately lead to tragic consequences for himself, Juliet, and other characters in the play. For example, when Friar Lawrence says, “Wisely and slowly, they stumble that run fast.” he is warning Romeo that marrying Juliet is a big deal and a decision not to be rushed. However, Romeo’s rejection of the Friar’s advice showcases his impatience, and lack of concern for the consequence. Subsequently, the marriage between Romeo and Juliet begins the progression of events that ultimately leads to their deaths and the final outcome of the play. Another example of when Romeo’s impulsive behaviour contributes to the progression of the plot is when he fights Tybalt in Act 3, Scene 1. Rather than taking time to grieve his cousin Mercutio’s death, Romeo impulsively …show more content…
When Juliet meets Romeo at her parents’ ball, she could have refused Romeo’s request to kiss him not knowing who he is, but she doesn’t. Subsequently, “her only love sprung from her only hate, too early seen unknown, and known too late.” With this first kiss Juliet falls in love with Romeo, which in turn, seals her fate. Falling in love with a Montague is the worst possible thing Juliet could do because of the feud between her family and the Montagues. The kiss, and in turn, their love signals the beginning of a process which leads to both Romeo and Juliet’s tragic fate. Another example of when Juliet’s choices contribute to the outcome of the play is when she forces Friar Lawrence to help her stop her marriage to Paris. She threatens taking her own life if he does not help her escape this fate, but in turn, by following this plan, it seals her fate in a much more tragic way. This impulsive, rushed, and selfish decision leads to the ultimate tragic end of the play where Romeo kills himself, believing that his wife is truly dead, and Juliet then kills herself after waking from a spell to see that her husband is dead. Therefore, Juliet’s choices throughout the play contribute significantly to her ultimate fate, and that of Romeo, and the

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