Leah Rogge

People should not make rash decisions when dealing with love.

Romeo and Juliet, the two lovers many know well. Their end was tragic, but could there be a way these two could have lived happily ever after? The turning point of this love story happens when Romeo killed Juliets cousin Tybalt. "Romeo, away, be gone! The citizens are up, and Tybalt slain."(Shakespeare1048) If Romeo did not kill Tybalt to avenge his dear friend Mercutios death, Romeo may never had to leave Verona, and Tybalt would be alive and well. If only Romeo and Juliet did not make speedy decisions about their love for one another, our star crossed lovers may have had their happily ever after.



As Romeo finally goes to a party that he is dreading he starts speaking to the servant and himself about a beautiful young woman he has spotted across the room. " O, doth teach the torches to burn bright! It seems she hangs upon the cheek of night like a rich jewel..." (Shakespeare1013-14) Romeo made a very fast decision about his love for Juliet. He has never scene her, never heard her speak,but he already knows he loves her! Most importantly he has no clue she is a Capulet, which is the Montagues mortal enemy! What seems a wonderful incident, starts off the horrible tragedy of the two young lovers.


Romeo and Juliet finally see one another on Juliet's balcony. This is the second time they have talked together. Juliet brings up "If that thy bent of love be honorable, Thy purpose marriage,send me word tomorrow..." (Shakespeare1027) How could either of them be thinking of marriage already! Neither of them are thinking through the grave consequences they are putting themselves in. Marriage could harm their family's, friends, and their own lives. This is to soon for these young lovers to consider such a huge commitment, which they may not even be able to keep.


The end has come for our two lovebirds. "Some shall be proud, and some punished, For never was a story of more woe than this of Juliet and her Romeo."(Shakespeare1102) The Prince announces to the people of Verona, specifically towards the Capulet's and the Montague's, about the deaths of two beloved children. Would their fates be the same if they did not make such hasty decisions with their love? Romeo should have told his parents, as should Juliet, about their desire for one another. They should not have gotten married so soon, and they should have gotten to know each other better before they did decide on their choice for marriage. Now they will leave their friends, family's, and each other for their decisions that they are held responsible. And our star-crossed lovers end in a sorrowful ever after.