Romeo and Juliet Essay

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Many people today, make careless decisions based on their impulsive and rash emotions which usually leads to disaster. In the play Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, Romeo Montague was a great example of this. His rash emotions and decisions caused him suffering and ultimately his own destruction. The fact that Romeo is overly dramatic, impulsive, and stubborn proves that he is nowhere near being admirable nor is he heroic. Throughout the play, Romeo exemplifies many instances of where his emotions take over. It is shown at the beginning of the play that, Romeo is portrayed as someone who is overly dramatic, as he has been sulking over a girl who does not love him back.“Well, in that hit you miss. She’ll not be hit with Cupid’s arrow.” (Act I, ii, 208-209) was one of the first examples where the dramatic side of Romeo is shown. In this scene, Romeo claims to be “in love” with Rosaline, a girl who has sworn off to be a nun. Romeo tells his friend Benvolio, that he’s in love with her and refuses to love anyone else, but she does not love him back. Benvolio then tells him that Rosaline is not worth it, and that Romeo should “examine other beauties” this only leads to more of Romeo’s dramatic complaining as he then says “Thou canst not teach me to forget.” (Act I, ii, 237) meaning, it’s impossible for him to simply forget about Rosaline, as she is too beautiful. Romeo is over reacting as he barely knows who Rosaline is, and yet he is pledging to never love anyone else. Later in the play, Romeo gets exiled and is sent to Mantua because he stabbed Tybalt Capulet. When, Friar Laurence reveals the news to Romeo he starts weeping and crying like a little girl “Tis torture, and not mercy. Heaven is here, where Juliet lives.” (Act III, iii, 29-30) This irritates Friar Laurence, as Romeo is acting dramatic and is ungrateful that he was not killed but instead, his life

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