Characters in Romeo and Juliet by Williams Shakespeare Essay

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This is the excellent foppery of the world, that,

when we are sick in fortune,--often the surfeit

of our own behavior,--we make guilty of our

disasters the sun, the moon, and the stars: as

if we were villains by necessity; fools by

heavenly compulsion; knaves, thieves, and

treachers, by spherical predominance; drunkards,

liars, and adulterers, by an enforced obedience of

planetary influence; and all that we are evil in,

by a divine thrusting on. (I.II.442-449)

When this quote was spoken, Edmund was telling Gloucester about a letter that Edgar wrote about killing him to get his money, however, Edmund faked the letter, making Gloucester believe that Edgar was a villain. Upon hearing this, Gloucester said, These late eclipses in the sun and moon portend/ no good to us. (I.II.429-430) With this quote, Shakespeare is telling his audience that misery isn’t caused by “the sun, moon, and stars”. It is the cause of one’s own actions, but people believe that when they suffer, it isn’t their fault, and they blame others. That, according to Shakespeare, is the idiocy of the world. In Shakespeare’s plays, specifically King Lear and Romeo and Juliet, grieving is a common theme, and it makes a greater point about humanity. Shakespeare makes people suffer in his plays to show his audience that suffering in universal and often the product of one’s poor decisions.

Using the characters of Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare shows that one’s actions in love can make people suffer. Upon…