Consequences In William Shakespeare's 'Romeo And Juliet'

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To nearly everyone, it’s common sense to look both ways before crossing the road. They understand that there is little to gain from risking so much. Likewise, failing to consider the consequences of one’s actions leads to disaster. Whether it be disobeying a society’s rules, blindly seeking vengeance or improperly managing jealousy, people who don’t look before they leap are subject to a barrage of negative outcomes. Firstly, most societies have norms and rules that should be followed for the benefit of the members of said society. Whether they’re living in fair Verona or stranded in the Pacific, disregarding the governing society’s rules will spell disaster for those involved. In Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, the titular characters try to get together, even though their houses have been locked in ‘an ancient grudge’. In the setting of the story, it would be strange for a kinsman of of House Montague to even be conversing with a member of House Capulet, let alone get married. To the young lovers, these rules seemed restraining so they did not heed the norms set for them and got married in secret. They incautiously indulged in the blazing lust since their first meeting. Thus Friar Lawrence cautions an infatuated Romeo that, “These violent delights have violent ends” and to calm down and consider the consequences of his unconventional marriage (Shakespeare 2.6.9). In William Golding’s Lord of the Flies, two characters with polar ideologies clash as they try to claim power
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