Romeo; External Conflict
PEOPLE SHOULDN'T BE SO SENSITIVE AND QUICK TO REACT
Act I, Scene II
Romeo and Benvolio have disagreed about love and Romeo is just too hopeless to find anyone but Rosaline. Benvolio thinks he can prove his cousin differently, and shows this when saying, "'There sups the fair Rosaline whom thou so lovest... go thither and compare her face to some I shall show, and I shall make thee think thy swan a crow.'" (1004, 90-94). Romeo is being oversensitive about Rosaline and saying that he will never find another girl like her, so Benvolio tries to convince him other wise.
Act III, Scene I
After Romeo marries Juliet, he is now related to Tybalt, but Tybalt has done a quite bad thing and killed one of Romeos best friends, Mercutio. Romeo, being the sensitive and quick to react person he is, doesn't take time to think and immediately goes after Tybalt, after hearing from Benvolio, "' O Romeo, Romeo, brave Mercutio's dead!... Here comes the furious Tybalt back again,' ' Alive in triumph, and Mercutio's slain?' .... [They fight. Tybalt falls.] 'Romeo, away, be gone! The citizens are up, and Tybalt slain.' .... 'O, I am fortune's fool!'" If Romeo had talked to Tybalt instead of charging and going to fighting, then he could realize that what Tybalt did was an accident.
Act V, Scene III
Paris and Romeo have both loved Juliet and both are mourning over her "death." When Romeo goes to see his love for the last time, he finds Paris in there, talking badly about him. Paris challenges Romeo to a fight (even if he is unaware of Romeo eavesdropping in the background) and Romeo first deny is but when Paris says, "' I do defy thy conjuration and apprehend thee for a felon here,'" Romeo get feisty and replies, "'Wilt thou provoke me? Then have at thee, boy!'" Because of this Paris is slain as proven when he cries out, "' O, I am slain! If thou be merciful, open the tomb, lay me with Juliet,' [dies]" This proves my theme because, even though Romeo had refused at first, all Paris had to do was say one thing and Romeo got angry, all because he was being overly sensitive towards him because Juliet was "dead". If Romeo had have thought before he chose to fight Paris, maybe a different out come would have happened.
Act III, Scene I
After Tybalt stabs Mercutio, he runs off and hides while Mercutio says to Romeo, "' A plague o' both your houses! Zounds, a dog, a rat, a mouse, a cat, to scratch a man to death! A braggart, a rogue, a villain, that fights by the book of arithmetic! Why the devil came you between us? I was hurt under your arm."' This is relevant to my theme because as I've said before, if Romeo hadn't have been so sensitive and quick to react, Mercutio wouldn't be dead, and neither would Tybalt or many others.