Choices Changing The Future In Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet

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Choices Changing the Future in Romeo and Juliet In life everyone has to make important choices, and act upon those choices. Different decisions can have different outcomes, but what if the wrong choice is made? If the wrong choice is made the future can take a turn for the worst. In William Shakespeare’s famous play, Romeo and Juliet, the characters have a heavy weight on their shoulders to make the right decision. The choices we make and the actions we take determine our future, but will the characters of Romeo and Juliet make the right ones? In the third act of Romeo and Juliet, the Nurse, who practically raised Juliet herself, sides against Juliet in an important argument with her parents and loses Juliet’s trust. Completely betraying …show more content…

Early in the second act of this play, Romeo meets Juliet by accidentally ending up in her backyard. They are so suddenly smitten with each other that they decide to get married the next day. Romeo and Juliet’s families, the Montagues and the Capulets, hate each other and have had a bloody family rivalry. The young new lovers think they can avoid the huge dilemma of the family rivalry by risking their lives and keeping their relationship secret. Juliet is slightly apprehensive of this arrangement; “I have no joy of this contract tonight: it is too rash, too unadvis’d, too sudden, too like lightning, which doth cease to be ere one can say ‘It lightens.’” (II.ii.77). Juliet refers to their love as lightning, it is sudden, bright and breathtaking but then in an instant it is gone. She is worried that they are rushing into things and that they will end badly. Friar laurence is also apprehensive of this union, he is the friar that marries them and says this when Romeo asks him to wed them, “These violent delights have violent ends,” (II.vi.115). Shakespeare uses foreshadowing to display that Romeo and Juliet’s rushed decision to get married days after they meet will end badly for the couple and the friar. Romeo and Juliet’s marriage and the choice to keep it secret gravely affected their future and their lives

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