Romeo And Juliet Essay

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In one day we make a vast array of decisions, some seem small and some seem large but they all impact our destiny. There are many tough choices that we must make in our lives. Which college to go to? Who to marry? How we want to exist. When making our decision we consider ourselves and the ones we love and try to do the right thing, however we are human and so sometimes we make the wrong choice. Sometimes we are pressured by irrational emotion, society, or the glimmer of gratitude and riches. Sometimes we make a choice that seems right but has disastrous results. Every character in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet goes down the wrong path at some point and leads us to the tragic end. This reflects back on one of the main themes of Romeo and Juliet; that despite our best intentions we don’t always know best.
Romeo killed Tybalt to avenge his friend Mercutio’s death and to defend the honor of his family but failed to consider the chain reaction of anguish this hasty decision would cause. After his cold sword took Tybalts last breath he exclaims “O, I am fortune's fool” Indicating that Romeo believed Tybalt’s death was written in the stars and he was just following fate so the murder was justifiable in that sense. Mercutio was Romeo’s best friend so his anger towards Tybalt is more than understandable but killing someone always makes things harder. The Prince banishes Romeo to Mantua, far away from the loving wall of Verona and this shakes up the lives of almost every character in the play. The repercussion from this decision reaches down to the very last scene of the play when we learn that Lady Montague, Romeo’s mother, has died, it is explained by Romeo’s father that “Grief of my sons exile hath stopped her breath (5.3.219)” if Romeo hadn’t killed Tybalt then he wouldn’t have been banished and maybe his mother would have still be alive and if Romeo hadn’t killed Tybalt then he would still be alive and together with his true love. Romeo thought he was doing the right thing by avenging his best friend’s murder, but really he was just killing himself.
Capulet, Juliet’s father, believes that Juliet should be married to the highborn and handsome Paris. Juliet is shut up in her room crying for days after her husband is exiled and her cousin Tybalt murdered. Capulet is a concerned father and wants his daughter to be happy again. He thinks she is just taking the death of Tybalt especially hard and is completely unaware of her daughter's affair. He believes that the key to her happiness is marriage to royal. Capulet has a talk with Paris and says “O’ Thursday let it be. - O’ Thursday tell her / She shall be married to this noble earl.- / Will you be ready? Do you like this haste?.../ For hark you, Tybalt being slain so late.” This plan seems absolutely perfect to him. He gets a noble son in law and his daughter gets the perfect husband to make her happy again. However this just upsets Juliet more but Capulet doesn’t understand Juliets...

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