A Pair of Star Crossed Lovers

The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet

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Romeo's Impulsive Nature and Juliet's Extreme Desperations put them in their Graves

Although Romeo and Juliet were merely teenagers and supposedly in love, they are to blame for their own deaths. Romeo acts on impulse which causes grief throughout the entire play, and Juliet goes to extreme lengths when she is desperate enough. Neither one of the couples ever came up with the idea of telling the truth to their parents, running away together, or waiting to get married. Some might argue that the deaths of these two teenagers is the fault of the adults who helped them hide their secrets and plot their schemes, but these adults - Friar Laurence and Nurse - can't be blamed, for it was their jobs to do what Romeo and Juliet ask of them. Even if Nurse and Friar Laurence could have stopped Romeo and Juliet from being together, if Romeo had followed the instructions given by Friar Laurence, then Romeo would have known that Juliet was faking her death. Romeo, once again, acted on his impulses, and wouldn't hear any reason from anyone. If he would have stopped to think before he acted (kind of like when he killed Tybalt), Friar Laurence's plan would have played out like it was supposed to.

Romeo's Passion

Romeo's passion is what makes the audience either love him or hate him. With every situation and conflict the audience sees Romeo handle, he always handles it passionately. In relationships, Romeo is deeply in love or devastatingly heart broken. When there is conflict, Romeo's response is to kill someone or kill himself. There is no in between with him - he is either on one side of the spectrum or the other. However, we must remember that Romeo is only a teenager, and up until his last few days, he has not shown a level of violence that would be concerning. The problem is not that Romeo is passionate; the problem is that Romeo never learns. When the audience first meets Romeo, he is a love sick puppy dog who truly believes that his heart is broken and that he will never heal. When Romeo leaves the play, he is still a love sick puppy dog with a broken heart. Romeo does not change, adapt, and grow from his mistakes. He can only see the day that is right in front of him because he is incapable of seeing how today might affect the future. Romeo's passion consumes him, leaving him to either be a romantic fool who loves a pretty face, or a violent maniac who would rather kill himself than deal with any issue that comes his way.
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