Apart from the adults’ decisions, even the perception of adult opposition harms Romeo and Juliet’s relationship. During their first night, Romeo says to Juliet that “Therefore thy kinsmen are no stop to me,” to which she responds that “If they see thee, they will murder thee” (2.2.69-70). Even though the adults don’t know about the relationship, Juliet is confident of their serious opposition. This perceived opposition necessitates the destructive secrecy that shrouds Romeo and Juliet’s relationship. For instance, I have already elaborated on the caustic effects of the arranged marriage. Juliet hides her marriage to Romeo because of her idea that they will disapprove, and thus, she is cornered into a marriage proposal to detrimental effects. Additionally, preceding the fight with Tybalt, Romeo attempts to placate him with “I see thou knowest me not… I do protest I never injured thee, but love thee better than thou canst devise till thou shalt know the reason of my love” (3.1.63-69). Romeo withholds his attachment to Juliet because of the perceived opposition to such a match. Yet, because Tybalt “knowest [Romeo] not” nor knows “the reason of [his] love,” the conflict still escalades into a lethal brawl. Had Tybalt known, he could have been infuriated but perhaps bound to honor his cousin’s legal husband. Therefore, it is the secrecy of the relationship that indirectly causes the fight with Tybalt, one of the divisive conflicts that pull Romeo and Juliet apart.
Proposition: Adult figures unravel Romeo and Juliet’s relationship. Audience: My peers in my writing seminar.
Goal: To persuade them to agree with my proposition.
P1S1 SAYS: Romeo’s parents want Benvolio to find out why Romeo is sad.
DOES: Summarize the plot.
EVALUATE: Achieves plot summary.
P1S2 SAYS: The Montague’s intervention has no continued effects.
DOES: Puts the plot summary in the context of the story.
EVALUATE: Kind of effective….
P1S3 SAYS: Adults are involved in Romeo’s relationship with Juliet, with detrimental effects.
DOES: Provide a contrasting example to an earlier one.
EVALUATE: There is definitely contrast.
P1S4 SAYS: Adults unravel Romeo and Juliet’s relationship.
DOES: State the proposition.
EVALUATE: Yes, this is the...