Romeo External Conflicts

"Thus with a kiss I die"

Introduction/Thesis/Theme

Romeo and Juliet is a tale of two lovers that have to hid their love because their families are enemies. One of many themes that were in the play of Romeo and Juliet was that people should not make important decisions based on their emotion at the moment. Throughout the play my theme is shown in different acts as in act one, two, three, and five.

Act 1, Scene 5

"Then move not while my prayer's effect I take. Thus from my lips, by thine my is purged." [page 1016, lines 117-118] Romeo is speaking to Juliet about how he prayed so it is okay to kiss. This is wrong because Romeo just met Juliet a few minutes ago, and now they are already kissing. They are rushing the relationship by not knowing anything about each other.

Act 2, Scene 3

" When and where, and how we met, we wooed and made exchange of vow, I'll tell thee as we pass; but this I pray, that thou consent to marry us today." [page 1030, lines 66-69] Romeo is telling Friar Lawrence that he wants him to marry Romeo and Juliet today. Romeo has only known Juliet for a day and already says he wants to spend the rest of his life with her. The problem is, Romeo knows almost nothing about the personality of Juliet and therefore should not make a commitment to her.

Act 3, Scene 1

"Alive in triumph, and Mercutio slain? Away to heaven respective lenity, and fire-eyed fury be my conduct now!...Either thou or I, or both, must go with him." [page 1048, lines 129-136] Romeo is talking to Tybalt because he wants to challenge Tybalt to a duel because he killed Mercutio. Instead of thinking about the situation, Romeo decides to rush after Tybalt and challenge him to a duel which is very reckless behavior, and he was not thinking of the consequences.

Act 5, Scene 3

" Death, that hath sucked the honey of thy breath, Hath no power yet upon thy beauty." [page 1094, lines 95-96] Even though Romeo sees that Juliet still looks alive, he doesn't think that she might be sick and in a coma. Instead, he kills himself with poison so he can be with Juliet.