Thoughtless Actions Are the Cause of Death in Romeo and Juliet

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Francis Chan

Thoughtless actions are the cause of tragedy in Romeo and Juliet. Do you agree?

In Shakespeare's play, Romeo and Juliet, the tragedy of the two lovers is driven mainly by the thoughtless actions of others. This thoughtlessness is displayed by many of the characters throughout the play; Capulet, Montague and the clergy alike. As well, these flaws in judgements are expressed through a wide variety of themes such as violence and love. The role of violence is evident within the play. Thoughtless violence is undoubtedly one of the driving factors behind the tragic outcome of the play. The first instance of its impact is demonstrated during the violent riot between the Capulets and Montages during Act I Scene I. The series of insults that are exchanged between Sampson, Gregory and Abram exemplify the thoughtless actions of the two households; Sampson and Gregory, not considering the consequences of beginning a quarrel, try to provoke the Montagues. Both old Capulet and Montague attempt to join the fray, another example of unthinking violence. A second example of thoughtless violence is shown when Tybalt tries to persuade Capulet that Romeo should be ejected from the feast. He expresses his intents by saying; "Now by the stock and honour of my kin, / To strike him dead I hold it not a sin (Act I, Scene IV, Line 57-58)". Tybalt then unknowingly predicts the outcome of this encounter with Romeo, stating in his soliloquy that; "I will withdraw, but this intrusion shall, / Now seeming sweet, convert to bitt'rest gall. (Act I, Scene V, Line 90-91)" This proves true in the fatal encounter between Mercutio and Tybalt. Benvolio claims prior to the fight that; "The day is hot, the Capels are abroad, / And if we meet we shall not scape a brawl, / For now, these hot days, is the mad blood stirring (Act III, Scene I, Line 2-4)." This shows Benvolio's thoughts, which imply that he believes that it is during these days that people do not...
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