Romeo and Chrysalids

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The play, Romeo and Juliet has many deaths, which are usually suicides because they have lost someone they love. The novel, The Chrysalids by John Wyndham also has people risking their lives or even suicide because they will or are not able to live without the person they love. However, the short story, “No Renewal” shows that Douglas doesn’t appreciate his new lifestyle because he already made his old lifestyle part of his identity. All these texts suggest that when one loses someone or something that is part of one’s identity, one may willingly welcome death. When a character in Romeo and Juliet loses someone they love dearly and has made them a part of their identity, they willingly welcome death and leave their true identity. This happens to Romeo twice throughout Shakespeare’s play. The first instance is when Romeo tells Benvolio: “Tut, I have lost myself, I am not here, this is not Romeo, He some other where” (Line 1.1.205-206). This was later on revealed that he loses himself because Rosaline sworn to be chaste. The second time this happens to Romeo is when Prince’s declaration of banishment is told to Romeo by the Friar. He immediately responds “Ha, banishment, be merciful, say ‘death’” (Line 3.3.13). This indicated that he is better off welcoming death than be away from Juliet. He also threatens the Friar with a dagger, telling Friar Lawrence to try to solve this “problem”. There are two situations where Juliet doesn’t want to live. The first one is when Juliet misinterprets Nurse’s news that Romeo slew himself after murdering Tybalt. She then also says: “I am not I if there be such an “I” (Line 3.2.54). This means that Juliet will want to lose her identity if nurse agrees with Juliet’s misinterpretations. The second situation occurs when Juliet comes running to the Friar to solve her problem in Act 4, Scene 1. In this scene she says that unless Friar did something to get her back to Romeo, she will kill herself and showed Friar Lawrence a dagger (Line...
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