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Forbidden Love In Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet

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People often say that your True Love is someone you would die for. In Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, this phrase is taken literally. Romeo and Juliet is about two fate-intertwined teens in forbidden love. This rash love leads to the unavoidable deaths of these characters. Despite the shortcomings and foibles of each character, it is ultimately Romeo, with his rash decision-making, who is responsible for all the misfortune and deaths that occur, including Juliet's and his own. It is evident from the beginning of Shakespeare's classic story of "star-crossed lovers" that rash decision making would lead to the downfall of one of the protagonists of the story. In the beginning of the story, Romeo was depressed over his unrequited love for Rosaline. He wouldn't stop pursuing her, even when she said she wanted to become a nun. This caused Romeo to feel miserable and dejected. Romeo's depression almost prevented him from attending Lord Capulet's party, the very place where he would meet Juliet. He was hesitant to attend the party due to a dream in which he predicted his death.…show more content…
In Romeo and Juliet, it is Romeo’s foolish impulsivity that wreaks havoc on the Montagues and Capulets. Ultimately, this results in the deaths of the protagonists. However, while Romeo Montague seems to be at fault for his and Juliet’s deaths, some may argue that Juliet is to blame. This is a valid point because Juliet’s complicit plan led to the deaths of these two protagonists. Nonetheless, while Juliet may be at fault, Romeo’s impulsive actions and rash decisions are what cause both of their deaths. In Act 5, Scene 2, Romeo bribes the poor apothecary for poison, paying anything for an elixir that will kill him, and he ends up taking it. Juliet on the other hand, merely fakes her death. And of course, anyone who decides to marry someone they just met a few hours ago arguably has a fatal
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