Romeo and Juliet

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Young love is powerful, but is it enough to influence the death of someone so young? William Shakespeare was an English poet and playwright, often referred to be the greatest English writer of time. He was the son of John and Mary Shakespeare and was born around April 23, 1564. Historians believe he was educated at the King’s New School in Stratford, and at 18 he married the 26 year old Anne Hathaway. Shakespeare had twins with Hathaway, but little was known after this period of his life, until his theatrical references and works. He loved writing, but started the profession as a need for money. His works were never originally published as they were intended only for the stage to be performed. Shakespeare’s most famous works are Romeo and Juliet and Julius Caesar. Romeo and Juliet is believed to have been written between 1591 and 1595, but was based on a poem, “Romeus and Juliet”, by Arthur Brooke. He changed the original plot and turned into a play, only meant to be performed by actors. Taking place in Verona, Italy, around the 16th century, it is centered on the two leading families of the city, the Montague’s and the Capulet’s. They are ancient enemies, but the hatred between the two is essentially meaningless. One night, a group of young men from the Montague family and their friends decide to sneak into a Capulet party. One of the members of this group is Romeo, the son of Lord Montague. He has snuck in with his friends and is having a nice time, until someone catches his eye. He has seen Juliet, daughter of Lord Capulet, and instantly fell in love with her at first glance. Later into the night, she sees him as well and nothing less happens to her, for she too is captivated by this unknown boy. As the party goes on, they meet each other and share a kiss, and when Juliet is home on her balcony into the early hours of the morning Romeo intrigues her once more, and they plan to get married the next afternoon. But that is the last of happy times, because as they proceeded with the marriage and its consummation, Romeo and Juliet’s cousin get in a fight, with Romeo’s unusual pugnacious side showing, and he kills him. Romeo is exiled and Juliet is planned to be wed in three days’ time. This sends everything into chaos, and to try and be together they foil a plan with the help of the nurse and fryer to let them escape together. But as that fails, both lovers end up dead within a matter of days and everyone is left devastated and confused by their sudden deaths. This all happened over the span of four days, within four days of meeting each other, these star-crossed lovers ended their lives, because they were so desperate to be together, and could not live without each other. For adults to be so irrational is one matter, but teenagers have no thought for the future; they cannot plan out as adults can. Not everything is bound to go as planned, and in such a fragile situation, a catastrophe is almost expected. Also, hormones are up and down at this age, every feeling is intensified. This leads to the irrational and absurd behavior of the two. Even though it is young love and not thought much of, all these factors lead it to be dangerous if not carefully watched. In the tragedy, Romeo and Juliet, young love is described as dangerous, addictive, and impetuous.

Young love is dangerous because it causes one to be violent, too quick to think, and crazy. Young love causes one to be violent. “Oh, I am slain! If thou be merciful,/Open the tomb. Lay me with Juliet.” (Shakespeare Romeo and Juliet 80-81 5.3). In this scene, Romeo is visiting Juliet’s tomb, after he received the news of her death. He hurriedly went back to Verona to confirm the news of her death. When he arrives, he sees Count Paris, Juliet’s husband-to-be, mourning his would-be wife. Little did either of them know that Juliet was indeed not dead, but very well alive, just in a heavy sleep. Paris sees Romeo and recognizes him as the killer if Tybalt, therefor...
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