Identity Crush In Romeo And Juliet

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Romeo and Juliet is a well known tragic love story, written by William Shakespeare. The Montagues and Capulets’ fighting causes the death of their own children, because their poor parenting and lack of involvement in the children’s lives leads to Juliet and Romeo to keep this secret. The children knew their families would never let them marry; otherwise, they would have revealed their relationship to their parents. Aside from the main pair, it appears that Romeo and his friend Mercutio, have a relationship that leads to tragedy as well, through the murder of Mercutio. In this situation, Tybalt’s taught hatred of the Montagues lead him to start the fight in the first place, and he and Mercutio suffered at the hand of the Montagues and Capulets…show more content…
Both appear to be polar opposites, as Mercutio more hyper and less serious, while Romeo is constantly upset or down about something. Like the tragedy of Juliet and Romeo’s love, the identity crush between Romeo and Mercutio leads to sorrow as well: “Help me into some house, Benvolio,/ Or I shall faint. A plague o’ both your houses!’/ They have made worms’ meat of me./ I have it, and soundly, too. Your houses!” (Shakespeare 3.1.110). Because of Romeo’s disinterest in fighting Tybalt, Juliet’s cousin, Mercutio gets into the fight instead. While trying to break up the fight between the two, Romeo decides to put himself between Tybalt and Mercutio, which causes Tybalt to seize the opportunity and kill Mercutio. Romeo, feeling intense grief and anger, avenges his friend by killing Tybalt, which leads to him being outlawed from Verona. Their relationship shows an identity crush, by which Romeo idolizes Mercutio, possibly for his less serious personality, proving that “the adolescent is focused not so much on pleasing the other person as on altering themselves, using the leader whom they admire as a model to shape their own womanly or manly growth” (Pickhardt). Romeo does not love Mercutio, but he may have tried to be more positive to be like him, and might have fought Tybalt to show he could be brave like Mercutio. Their relationship does not end well, and like the tragedy of Juliet and Romeo, the parents are once again, at fault. Tybalt would not have wanted to fight Romeo if he had not been raised to have such a hatred towards Montagues. The parents teachings of hatred to the younger generations caused this fighting, and death, to happen. Shakespeare purposely includes these scenarios to show how, time and time again, their parent’s careless behavior and lack of involvement in their children’s romantic relationships and friendships ended up in unintended consequences. If the parent had bothered to
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