A Brief Analysis of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare Essay

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I will be focussing on act 5. I think that in Shakespeare's play “Romeo and Juliet” , the characters were irrational and did not think of the consequences of their actions as most characters chose to think with their heart over their heart or passion versus reason. My first quote that I feel proves this is in Act V, Scene 1, Line 24 when Romeo says “Is it even so? Then I defy you stars!” Romeo says this after Balthasar (a servant) proclaims that Juliet has died (when in actuality she is in a deep sleep). Romeo says this to express that he is openly defying the destiny that making his life so miserable. Romeo believes fate (which plays a big role in this play) is trying to separate him from Juliet; his one true love. Romeo tries to oppose his fate by killing himself and living with Juliet in death (said in line 34). The irony in all of this is that as Romeo was trying to defy his fate, he actually brought it upon himself. The overwhelming amount of sorrow Romeo felt after hearing about Juliet death caused him to make the rash, impulsive decision of killing himself which ultimately lead to the double suicide (the catastrophe). Romeo’s childish, impulsive, extreme nature that was shown throughout the play frequently, ended up being his tragic flaw. If Romeo had not reacted in such an irrational manner, he could have went to the Friar Lawrence's place beforehand and asked him how Juliet’s death had occurred. By doing this Romeo would have found out the truth and things could…