Most teenagers fall in and out of love like day turns to night, Romeo and Juliet however, are different. Romeo and Juliet seem to think that they are each other’s one true love and are both prepared to do crazy things to protect it. Some say that they did these things because they’re teens and teens often do reckless things. In The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare the star-crossed lovers’ tale ultimately ends in death not only because teens often tend to value reward over risk but also because their families were feuding. The article “Teenage Brains” by David Dobbs also gives us insight on why teenagers like Romeo and Juliet tend to act the way they do. Because their families were feuding Romeo and Juliet were not allowed to fall in love peacefully. After Romeo and Juliet meet at the Capulet party they’ve already fallen in love without knowing who the other really is. When Juliet asks the Nurse who Romeo is and discovers he’s a Montague she proclaims that he is“ My only love sprung from my only hate”(1.5.38). And when Romeo realizes Juliet is a Capulet he says “ O dear account, my life is my foes debt” (1.5.18) both realize that they have fallen in love with their enemy. They know that their love can never be openly shown and they might never be able to be together. Luckily “ (teenagers) are quite possibly the most fully, crucially adaptive human beings around”(Dobbs 7). Romeo and Juliet being the adaptive teenagers they find a way to be together, though this love doesn’t come without risks. After marrying Juliet in secret Romeo, Benvolio and Mercutio come across Tybalt, Juliet’s hotheaded cousin. After a fight ensues between Mercutio and Tybalt, that ends in death Romeo feels he must do something to avenge Mercutio’s death. He tells Tybalt “Either thou or I, or both must go with him [Mercutio]”(3.1.90-91). Romeo fights and ends up killing him. Romeo is willing to act hastily because his peers were around. In a study done...
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