Romeo And Juliet Essay Research Paper William

Romeo And Juliet Essay, Research Paper

William Shakespeare?s great tragedy Romeo and Juliet is a play which addresses

the ideas and dilemmas that have faced teenagers since it was written nearly 500

years ago. Three predicaments which are encountered in this play are teenage

suicide, rebelliousness, and love. Romeo and Juliet is the tale of two teenagers,

whose families are sworn enemies. Romeo and Juliet meet and fall in love. Upon

realizing that the objects of their affections are their families sworn enemies, they

decide to marry, without parental knowledge or consent. When Juliet?s father

announces that she is to marry another man, she fakes her death so that she can

remain faithful to her husband Romeo, without admitting her disobedience to her

parents. Romeo had at this point been banished from Verona for murdering Juliet?s

cousin. He returns immediately after receiving news that his wife is dead. He

commits suicide so that he does not have to live without his wife and lover, Juliet.

Juliet awakes from her slumber to find Romeo dying beside her, and quickly plunges

his dagger through her own chest. In my opinion this is the story of two teenagers,

who like many teenagers today, do not think things through and rush into love and a

web of deceit.

Love is something which teenagers seem to always be searching for and

falling in and out of. In the play, Romeo has been urged by his friends to ?crash?

Juliet?s families party so that he will get over Rosaline, whom he was pining over.

Basically, Romeo falls in love with Juliet on the rebound. This is Juliet?s first love,

and even today girls become slightly obsessed with their first loves. Juliet?s

obsession with Romeo is made evident not only in her soliloquy on the balcony, but

in her willingness to do anything to be with Romeo. In Juliet?s soliloquy, she

speaks of her love for Romeo, and her desire to be with him despite their families.

Romeo now infatuated with Juliet instead of Rosaline, is standing below her balcony

listening, and after hearing her words proposes marriage. Teenagers today do not

rush into marriage as quickly, but do rush into sexual relationships. This is proof

that teenagers in ?love? behave impulsively. Romeo and Juliet are evidently acting

impetuously, just as teenagers of today.

Romeo and Juliet are also doing what teenagers of today do best: rebelling.

Romeo and Juliet rebel against their families, the Montagues and Capulets,

discretely at first. Romeo never actually openly rebels. Juliet, on the other hand,

argues with her parents when confronted with her betrothal to Paris. She eventually

gives up the argument, and decides to further deceive her parents by faking her

death. Lying as well as arguing with parents is a form of rebellion. Romeo and

Juliet are aware when they wed that their families will eventually discover their

secret, just as teenagers today who secretly rebel know they will be found out.

Teenage suicide is another topic relevant to life today which is faced in the

play. Romeo and Juliet each commit suicide in the wake of the others death.

Romeo kills himself with poison, believing that Juliet has passed away, although she

is only in a deep slumber. Juliet, when she awakes, finds Romeo dying beside her

and attempts to drink the rest of his poison, but he has left none for her. Therefore,

Juliet takes his dagger and runs it through her chest. This is what we call today a

double suicide. Double suicides have become more reoccurent in recent years in

todays society. Double suicides are usually committed by young lovers, just as in

Romeo and Juliet.

In my opinion, this book should be read by all teenagers in the freshman year

of high school. It is a tragedy which shows exactly what teenagers should not do. I

believe it is better than other books because it discusses three topics pertinent to life



Romeo and Juliet by William shakespeare



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