Date of publication: 2017-08-25 12:50
Romeo, infatuated with the fair Rosaline, pines away for the lady who does not return his interest. He is a romantic, predisposed to fall in love with the first sight of Juliet.
Mercutio is mortally wounded, and chastises the Montagues and Capulets for encouraging such violence before allowing Benvolio to lead him offstage. Benvolio soon returns with news that Mercutio has died. Romeo vows revenge on Tybalt, who soon reappears. Romeo and Tybalt duel, and Romeo kills Tybalt. He then flees quickly after Benvolio warns him that the Prince will come soon.
Romeo uses cause and effect problem solving techniques. As an example, in his first scene with Benvolio, he explains Rosaline 8767 s cold heart is the cause of his morose behavior he does not look beyond this to determine the real reason for his unhappiness that he has not yet found true love.
The feuding families
To a large extent, the feud is responsible for the tragic deaths. There is a lot of ill-feeling and hatred between the two clans and the feuding families creates a malignant context for the lovers, who are expected to marry within the social boundaries of the family. The play is about ‘The fearful passage of their death-mark’d love, And the continuance of their parents’ rage, which but their children’s end nought could remove.’
If certain objective characters had understood the cause of Romeo and Juliet 8767 s strange behavior, the tragedy may not have occurred. For example: 8775 For all his dictatorial ways, and the manifest advantages he sees in marrying his daughter to an aristocrat, Capulet would never knowingly force his daughter into bigamy 8776 (Bevington xxiii).
Blame: the focus on their irreconcilable differences reaches a climax during the street brawl between Tybalt and Mercutio and contributes directly with Romeo’s exile which sets in train the unfortunate chain of events.
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The thematic counterpoint to Romeo and Juliet 8767 s desire to be together is 8775 ability 8776 in this case their inability to engage in romance publicly.
The objective characters are concerned with engaging in battles of wits, wills, and physical strength much for the sake of a 8775 quarrel between the two families [Montagues and Capulets]... so ancient that the original motives are no longer even discussed. Inspired by the 8766 fiery 8767 Tybalt, factionalism pursues its mindless course despite the efforts of the Prince to end it 8776 (Bevington xxii).
The tragedy is a catalogue of errors originating in Friar Lawrence’s ill-hatched plan, which was the brainchild of a well-intentioned and prudent mentor.
Romeo and Juliet do not fall in with their families 8767 way of thinking:
Romeo and Juliet find a new discourse of romantic individualism... their union imperils the traditional relations between males that is founded upon the exchange of women, whether the violent exchange Gregory and Sampson crudely imagine or the normative exchange planned by Capulet and Paris. Juliet, as the daughter whose erotic willfulness activates her father 8767 s transformation from concerned to tyrannical parent, is the greater rebel. (Paster 769)
At Friar Lawrence 8767 s suggestion, Juliet agrees to the theory if she takes the potion to create a visage of death, her parents will plunge into a despair so great, that upon her awakening, they will smile upon her marriage to Romeo. Unfortunately, Romeo is not privy to this information, and believing her dead, kills himself.