How Did Shakespeare Make Decisions In Romeo And Juliet

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Throughout the great tragedy of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, many of the characters acted carelessly, without considering the consequences of their actions. Shakespeare used these characters to effectively emphasize the understanding of how important it is to act with caution and reasoning. The characters in the story often had not accurately analyzed decisions and issues that needed to be resolved, and would often make weak choices, ending in them meeting their fate, or greatly impacted the lives of their surrounding companions or family. Is it problematic to make resolutions without legitimate understanding of the hypothetical outcomes? Based on the words of William Shakespeare in Romeo and Juliet, he proves this point adequately.
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This is indeed one of the worst decisions Romeo makes during the play, for in the end, it was really fate which caused the “Star-Crossed Lovers” to first meet. If Romeo had taken the time to completely evaluate how precarious it was to attend a party hosted by the Montagues largest foe, he would’ve resisted going to the event, preventing the feud between him and Tybalt, and causing him to never meet Juliet, who was to be married to Paris. Poorly thought out decisions were made between Romeo and Juliet, when they fell in love without getting to know each other first. Romeo even explains the danger and agony of love when he says “Is love a tender thing? It is too rough/ Too rude, too boist’rous, and it pricks like a thorn”(I.iv.25-26). To make matters worse, Romeo is a Montague and Juliet is a Capulet! Their family has had a feud far before the setting of Romeo and Juliet had taken place. Juliet is upset at this as she says “O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo”(II.ii.36), she questions why Romeo must share the name of a Capulet. Juliet metaphorically explains how the name of an object does not change the characteristics of the object itself, when she says “That which we call a rose
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