William Shakespeare 's Romeo And Juliet Essay

1243 Words Dec 22nd, 2014 5 Pages
The Unforgiving Force of Animosity

Animosity is a key theme which both directly and indirectly alters the paths of many of William Shakespeare’s works. Romeo and Juliet was written in 1595, and is set in Verona, Italy. It is about two star-crossed, young lovers who fall victim to a tragic end. They come from two long-feuding families: Romeo of the Montagues, and Juliet of the Capulets. The hatred between these families causes many acts of violence throughout the story, with dire results. In Romeo and Juliet, animosity is an unforgiving force which alters people’s judgment, lives on through generations, and negatively affects even those not directly involved, resulting in discord, injury and death.

Animosity can accentuate feelings of pride, and together, these can alter judgment and adversely affect the making of logical decisions. For example, when Tybalt approaches Mercutio about the whereabouts of Romeo, Mercutio takes a simple question as an insult to his pride, and, in response, escalates the conversation to a violent confrontation. After Tybalt asks for a word with one of the Montagues, Mercutio responds, “But one word with one of us? Couple it with / something, make it a word and a blow” (3.1.37-38). Although Tybalt approaches his enemy with distaste, he does not start with an immediate intention of a physical fight. Mercutio’s pride in himself and the Montagues is inflated by his hatred towards Tybalt and the Capulets, and results in him taking offense to this…

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