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William Shakespeare 's Romeo And Juliet

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Throughout the long, tumultuous and famed play that greatly contributed to Shakespeare’s success, Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare features many characters that make less than mentally sound decisions. The titular characters, Romeo and Juliet, are often at the heart of this. The choices they make during the play reflect their inexperience and youth, and are often poorly thought out. While neither of them can really be described as mature, Romeo is far less levelheaded and dependable than Juliet. It is for these reasons that the belief that Juliet displayed more maturity than Romeo over the course of the play is justified: first, Juliet expresses a clear desire to take things slowly with Romeo, which stands in stark opposition of his brash impulsiveness. Second, Juliet is able to formulate a cohesive plan with Friar Laurence in order to reunite herself with Romeo, whereas Romeo once again acts recklessly when he was not informed (which was not Juliet’s error), and Juliet swallows her pride to appease her father and achieve this plan. Lastly, Romeo himself shows incredible immaturity and childishness in his decision to fight Tybalt, which does not involve avenging his friend Mercutio, but instead is because he wishes to regain the masculinity that has been softened by his spending time with Juliet. Because he fought for these petty reasons, Romeo was banished from Verona completely. These circumstances lead to both Romeo and Juliet’s deaths. One thing Juliet makes
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