Romeo and Juilet Essay

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Love and violence are words that usually do not connect with each other. Violence is usually associated with hate, and love is usually associated with happiness. However, in Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, the seemingly opposing concepts of love and violence become fused together as one main theme. From the beginning, the love between Romeo and Juliet is linked with ideas of death. Just as Romeo first sees Juliet, he almost gets himself killed by Tybalt because he crashed the feast. From this scene on, love seems to push both Romeo and Juliet closer to violence and further from a happy ending for either of them. Romeo and Juliet are filled with thoughts of suicide and a willingness to experience it. For example, both Romeo (Act 3 Scene 3) and Juliet (Act 4 Scene 1) threatened to kill themselves with a knife in front of Friar Lawrence at points in the story where they thought that they could not be with each other. These scenes follow soon after Friar Lawrence’s warning, “These violent delights have violent ends” (Act 2 Scene 6). All of this foreshadows the tragic double suicide that ends the play. This unexpectedly violent ending happened as a result of their love for each other. From this play, it seems natural that love and violence are tied together in very powerful ways that we as people are not always aware of. Good Intentions What makes a person truly good? Is it what he wants to do, or is it what he ends up doing? This is what I wonder about Friar Lawrence by the end of the play. Is he a good person because he wanted to help Romeo and Juliet be together? Or is he not a good person because his plan is what led to the tragic ending of the double suicide of Romeo and Juliet? Friar Lawrence’s plan was for Juliet to drink a sleeping potion that will make her appear to be dead and then Romeo will go retrieve her in the Capulet tomb and live happily

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