Date of publication: 2017-08-23 10:26
The accidents that contribute to the double suicides spring from, according to Ryan, 8775 institutional pressures that split and isolate the lovers, leaving them prey to such chance adversities 8776 (Ryan, 89.)
Juliet 8767 s thematic conflict is best illustrated when she dares to disobey her parents. Her apparent willfulness compels her father to threaten the very security she is dependent upon.
If the Capulets and Montagues cannot come to terms, they will continue to be arch-enemies passing on the role to generations. The violence acted out over a long forgotten grudge will continue to bring grief to the community of Verona.
Romeo believes he has all the facts when he hears of Juliet 8767 s death. He makes a conscious decision to kill himself, exemplified by the purchase of poison from the apothecary: 8775 ... Romeo 8767 s best speech is perhaps the one he delivers in the tomb with it he gives dignity, meaning, and finality to the one act he plans and executes, however unwisely, without the help of his friends 8776 (Bryant lxxii).
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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.
Both Tybalt and Mercutio play a major role in Romeo’s downfall. They refuse to settle for peace. They deliberately use inflammatory words and spoil for a fight.
In Act 6, scene 6, the buffoonish Samson begins a brawl between the Montagues and Capulets by flicking his thumbnail from behind his upper teeth, an insulting gesture known as biting the thumb. He engages in this juvenile and vulgar display because he wants to get into a fight with the Montagues but doesn&rsquo t want to be accused of starting the fight by making an explicit insult. Because of his timidity, he settles for being annoying rather than challenging. The thumb-biting, as an essentially meaningless gesture, represents the foolishness of the entire Capulet/Montague feud and the stupidity of violence in general.
After Tybalt kills Mercutio, Romeo decides that he must defend his honour and no longer shows control and restraint. He imagines that his love has weakened him. He worries that Juliet’s “beauty hath made me effeminate” and is determined to change this. He says let “fire-eyed fury be my conduct now” and resorts to the patriarchal, feudal sense of loyalty and honour. Only when it is too late, he realizes how foolish he has been. Dubbed, “fortune’s fool”, he realises that the feud has claimed him as another victim. Sadly, Romeo also panics when he sees Juliet in the casket.
Mercutio 8767 s tendency to reduce love to male sexual aggression does nothing to reassure Romeo, 8775 if love be rough with you, be rough with love/Price love for pricking, and you beat love down 8776 .
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).