English 9 period 6
March 10, 2015
Why young love is like death
In the play Romeo and Juliet, written by the great William Shakespeare, two “star crossed lovers” in the roman city of Verona take their lives for the sake of love. So they say, but many question if Romeo and Juliet were truly in “love”. Did they fall for each other for their looks or for their hearts? Each character had to make huge decisions through the story, that later caused more problems to bring them to their downfall. If I was put into Romeos shoes I would have taken a different path from suicide, anger, and drama. I have chosen three major decisions that Romeo made in the story that could have been handled completely differently.
The very first decision that Romeo made was the night that he meets Juliet, and devotes his love to her. So many red flags were raised when Romeo met Juliet on the dance floor and forcefully kisses her. The first red flag was Romeos first attempt to woo Juliet. Romeo tries to win Juliet over by twisting the words that she throws back at him in refusing his kiss, as Juliet does the same.
JULIET Ay, pilgrim, lips that they must use in prayer.
ROMEO O then, dear saint, let lips do what hands do.
They pray: grant thou, lest faith turn to despair.
JULIET Saints do not move, though grant for prayers’ sake.
ROMEO Then move not while my prayer’s effect I take.
He kisses her. (I.iv.111-117)
Even though Juliet knew not to fall for Romeos words, she couldn’t resist the temptation. This act of desperation that Romeo shows proves how much of an immature teenager he is, and how he is easily moved by his emotions. Romeo shouldn’t have kissed Juliet after meeting her for only 20 seconds, Romeo should have waited to dance with Juliet and not kiss her. The second mistake that Romeo made, which was on the same night of the party, was sneaking into the Capulet’s courtyard to see Juliet. As the two lovers find each other, they enter into a