Alfredo Sugawara Period 4/5
Mrs. Kim Honors English
Who was responsible for the death of Romeo and Juliet?
Romeo and Juliet is a play written about two ill-fated lovers, longing for what they cannot have. This longing ends with the two ardent adolescents dying a tragic yet poetic death. Many are to blame when in comes to the death of Romeo and Juliet, but one who bore the most blame and cast the most stones, was Romeo. Everything that Romeo did after his sweet Rosaline broke his heart, led to the death of the young lovers. He was also very impatient and impulsive by nature, this aspect, quality, if you will, of Romeo helped seal the very fate of the couple. Most importantly, Romeo lacked the qualities of a true man. To put bluntly he was a pusillanimous young man.
Romeo was a young man who recently fell out of love and got his heart shattered by a girl named Rosaline. The story doesn't say much about her, but we can assume that she probably did not care much for Romeo as he did her. Now instead of grieving like a normal person would in a time such as this, Romeo goes to a ball to somewhat stalk his ex. There lies his first mistake, for if he had not gone, both, Romeo and Juliet would have lived to see more than 20 years of their lives. After he goes to the ball, they fall in love, a physical, shallow love, but a love nonetheless. Just days before Romeo was uttering words about Rosaline such as "She hath, and in that sparing makes huge waste, for beauty starved with her severity cuts beauty off from all posterity. She is too fair, too wise, wisely too fair, to merit bliss by making me despair" and now says that he is in love with Juliet just after a few moment together.
This is where Romeo's impulsive nature comes into play. I see this love that he shares with Juliet, not as a healthy one, but a dark one, fueled with mixed feelings of lust towards Juliet, bitterness towards Rosaline, and need to have someone to have with him. His impulsiveness also made him stalk Juliet, which wedded them, made him kill Tybalt, which banished him. He also assumed Juliet was dead, which made him drink poison, which made Juliet kill herself. In the fighting scene, Romeo's temper makes him jump as Tybalt and after Tybalt is slain, he cries "oh, I am...