Romeo and Juliet are that couple always standing in the middle of the hallway, locked in a tight embrace, mesmerized by each other and blind to the rest of the world. They’re so passionate and hopelessly attracted to each other that their minds can’t comprehend the hordes of people scrambling around them rushing off to class. Crowds push and shove them into corners and lockers, but the couple’s eyes’ are still locked on each other. This causes a massive collision right in the middle of the busiest hallway in school. Teenagers sprawled on the ground slowly rise up, giving the couple irritated glares, brush off their pants and hurry down the hall. Romeo and Juliet’s unrelenting adoration for each other causes tragic and terrible consequences, due to their rash decisions and ignorance to the world around them. In Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare demonstrates to the reader how love leads to irrational decisions because of its blinding nature. The author does this by using light vs dark imagery, as light is hate and darkness is love. Light blinds Romeo and Juliet from making reasonable decisions, but darkness further increases their love for one another. Through the use of the themes of light vs dark, Shakespeare is able to transform hate into love, which occurs due to the pressures of family and romantic love. As someone falls in love, they’re taking a step into unknown, treacherous territory. The outcomes of this strong emotion are endless and mysterious. In Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare clearly portrays his message of how love is dangerous and how it caused the horrendous outcomes of Romeo and Juliet’s short-lived romance. Hours after Romeo and Juliet meet each other for the first time, they proclaim their love for each other from the balcony of the Capulet mansion. When Romeo sneaks onto Capulet property to confess his passion for Juliet, he describes how his longing to talk to Juliet overcomes his fear of being punished for trespassing. “For stony limits cannot hold love out,/ and what love can do, that dares love attempt:/ therefore thy kinsmen are no stop to me” (2.2.67-70). Romeo demonstrates how their newborn affection for each other has taken an alarming and rapid turn for the worst, as there’s nothing Romeo won’t do for Juliet. The couple has only exchanged a few words with each other before they settle on getting married as soon as possible. Love is shown as being an underlying force that drives irrational decisions for both Romeo and Juliet. In addition, another scene where love controls the character’s emotions is when Juliet’s father, Capulet, gives Juliet the choice of marrying Paris or being disowned, Juliet feels that the only way out of her predicament is to fake her own death. As she is drinking the poison, she proclaims: “Romeo, Romeo, Romeo! Here’s drink-I drink to thee” (4.4.58). Juliet takes drastic measures in order to “solve” her predicament, which leads to Romeo’s suicide due to a miscommunication. Love drives both Romeo and Juliet to make desperate decisions, the couple is blinded by their intense devotion to each other. Both Romeo and Juliet are used by Shakespeare in order to prove how love can lead to reckless
and devastating choices, only driven by the need for the lovers to be in the company of each other. But, this irrational train of thought is further fueled by the pressures from both Romeo and Juliet’s love for their families.
The saying, “Strict parents make sneaky children” perfectly describes Romeo and Juliet’s predicament. Both characters strive to rebel against their parents, as they’ve been sheltered from reality their entire lives. The Capulet and Montague families adore their children and have strived to raise children that can proudly carry on the family name, even if it means arranging a marriage to ensure their offspring marry into the right house. Though the two households despise each other, they are similar with that they are very strict in the notion that the opposite...
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