The tragic story that unfolds in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is known all over the world. Although Shakespeare was not a teenager when he wrote the story, he seems to have a good understanding of the adolescent brain, and how it is constantly growing and developing. Nowadays, there are many studies that have been done to find out how the teenage brain works, but Romeo and Juliet shows that Shakespeare was ahead of his time in his knowledge of how teenagers think and act. There are many examples within the play that show how Romeo and Juliet’s developing adolescent brains could have caused them to be more impulsive, have heightened emotions, and engage in more risky behavior.
Romeo and Juliet is a well-known play written by William Shakespeare. Even though it is famous for being a love story, Shakespeare demonstrates that rebellion is closely tied together either it through the characters: Juliet, Romeo and Tybalt. By defying their families, authority and society's expectations, they set in motion the events in this tragedy.
As a result, if Juliet wasn’t pressured into meeting Paris and having a future relationship, many conflicts wouldn't of happened later on in the play. The nurse stated “A man, young lady! Such a man, As all the world- why he's a man of wax” (1.3.76-77). The nurse means by “he’s a man of wax”, in this quote she is stating that he is enticing and has a lot of wealth. From this statement, Juliet is compelled into having a likeness with Paris even if she is young age (1.3.13-16). Yet, the nurse interrupts the love scene during the masquerade between Romeo and Juliet, “Madam, your mother craves a word with you” (1.5.110). From this comment it has shown that the nurse interfered in that circumstance, to make sure Juliet is staying on target with Paris, since he is a well suited nobleman. The nurse has a quick presumption that Romeo does know that Juliet is the daughter of the Capulet house. The nurse told Romeo, “Her mother is the lady of the house, a good lady, wise and virtuous.” (1.5.113-114). By this, Romeo realizes his only love is for the Capulet’s only child, which is his only enemy.“His name is Romeo, and a Montague, the only son of your great enemy” and Juliet exclaims, “My love has only sprung from my only hate!” (1.5.135-137). This has clearly shown that the nurse relays this messages between the two lovers, not realizing the consequences it might cause. Later on that night, Romeo
Immaturity can spread throughout things and people creating problems for the present and future. Similarly, Romeo and Juliet not only shows the development of love, but the loss of maturity that leads to tragedy. People develop maturity, but the amount of immaturity makes the process go backwards. From Romeo and Juliet’s fast evolving relationship to the hate between the two families, and the lack of thought in different characters is recurrent throughout the story. Therefore,the theme of Romeo and Juliet evolves around the idea of immaturity.
Age plays a significant role on decision-making not only in Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet but also in modern times. In the play, Romeo and Juliet are only young teenagers which influences on making childish and no-thought decisions. This is shown In Act 2 where Romeo is depressed because Rosaline, who he had confessed his love to has rejected him, and refuses to crash the Capulet’s party. It’s not until his friends Mercutio and Benvolio force him to go when he lays his eyes upon Juliet and proceeds to forget about his love and fall in love with Juliet instead. Even though they have not spoken more than 1000 words and are supposed to be enemies, they decide to marry in secret. Instead of thinking of the consequences and putting
Juliet’s innocence is proven through the use of dialogue that showcasing her immaturity and obedience. The Nurse believes that Juliet is not fully grown to be married as she said “She’s not fourteen” (18). Her age has proven that she’s not mature enough to become a wife and indeed that she won’t be able to act or talk like an adult. And because at such young age, 13, it’s obvious to the maid of house Capulet to act innocent, especially in her response during the conversation about her marriage. Juliet replied to her mom obediently “I’ll look to like, if looking liking move” (Shakespeare 21) about the man that she’s going to marry without hesitation. She don’t even considered whether that man would be a good selection or not. Normally, as a child, Juliet makes the decision without much thinking, as she assumed that whatever choice her mom made would be great. Juliet’s immaturity and obedience that
Romeo and Juliet, the story where two forbidden lovers take their own lives for the sake of love. Within this story Shakespeare shows multiple kinds of love that everyone experiences in life, and within this essay i will be talking about two. The two main types of love i noticed in Shakespeare’s story “Romeo and Juliet”, were Unrequited love and obviously, the main focus, romantic love. These two types of loves have their share of differences but surprisingly they have their similarities as well.
“Maturity is not by age, but the acceptance of your responsibilities” (Unknown). In William Shakespeare 's, The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, Romeo, who is a Montague and Juliet, who is a Capulet, met at a Capulet party. Romeo went to the party and met Juliet. They fell in love and got married the next day. Later that day, Romeo kills Juliet 's cousin, Tybalt. Tybalt killed Mercutio, a friend of Romeo, and Romeo was exiled. Then, Lord Capulet, Juliet 's father, decided she was going to marry County Paris, she freaks out and takes a potion which makes her seem dead for forty-two hours. Romeo hears of her “death” and buys a poison from the Apothecary and goes to the Capulet monument. Where he drinks the poison just as Juliet is waking, then
In modern day culture, women are rarely expected to get married at 14 and have children immediately. In The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros and Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, the characters Esperanza and Juliet struggle to break these expectations. Shakespeare and Cisneros utilize tone to convey that one is only able to realize one’s true identity after defying the expectations of others. Juliet and Esperanza’s caretakers and cultures have expectations for them that they do not follow, leading to the realization of their identity.
Almost everyone in the world wants to someday have children. Children are cute and people want to start a family. The idea of kids sounds great until you think of one thing, dealing with the teenage years. The teenage years are when the sweet, little child turns into the stubborn, little teenager who doesn’t listen, argues with everything and tries to do whatever they want, whenever they want. In Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, the two main characters and their friends are just those teenagers who in many ways, show characteristics of being the most rebellious teenagers around. Rebellious teenagers do what they want as they try to make their own decisions, regardless of what their parents
The novel “Catherine called Birdy” by Karen Cushman, is about a 14 year old girl named Catherine who records all her incidents in her journal. Catherine’s father arranges her to meet rich noble suitors, not wanting to be wed to someone she does not love she causes mischief with the suitors she meets. As in the romance story of Romeo and Juliet written by Shakespeare is about a young couple from different households whose love is forbidden due to their a deep ongoing family feud. The young couple is faced with many obstacles in order to be able to be together. Both novels share many similarities and differences in maturation/ coming of age, symbolism, and theme of fate.
The play, Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, can be described as confusing, well written, dramatic, emotional, sorrowful, ironic, and much more. Shakespeare's use of dramatic irony makes the play much more enjoyable and realistic. Dramatic irony is used throughout the whole entire play, especially in Acts III, IV and V. Each Act has dramatic irony concealed beneath Shakespeare's beautiful Old English language. Juliet spoke in a very complex way. Most of what Juliet told her family, could be taken in two completely different directions. She says something to impress her parents, but she is really telling them how she will stay faithful to Romeo. If William Shakespeare had not used dramatic irony in Romeo and Juliet, the play would completely transform into a classic, boring, and typical romance story.
In Romeo and Juliet, Juliet’s mother is Lady Capulet. Throughout the whole story, Lady Capulet wants Juliet to marry Paris. No matter how much Juliet argues and begs her mother to not make her get married, Lady Capulet does not listen. Some people may think that Lady Capulet is a good mom who just wants what is best for her daughter. Although I do not believe that this is true and I will be discussing my reasons throughout this essay. My perspective of Lady Capulet is that she isn’t a good mom at all and that she is a very obedient person.
The loyalty between family and friends can cause people to do things which can have an minimum or huge impact in their lives. In ‘Romeo and Juliet” by William shakespeare, it had lots of issues with loyalty, in which later in the book had caused the two main characters Romeo and Juliet their lives to change. An individual fails to realize the importance of loyalty their family or friends who made an impact on their life.
It is a controversial topic whether youth is capable of handling a mature love. Romeo and Juliet, written by William Shakespeare by 1595, epitomizes this common topic. The main characters of the play are two teenagers who fall in love at the first sight, however, the hatred between the families of the two leads to their death in the end. In the adaptation of Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo and Juliet in 1996, Romeo and Juliet are portrayed more mature than in that of Baz Luhrmann in 1968. This can be evident in three aspects: the styles of the acting of the actors, the reaction of Juliet after learning about the death of Tybalt, and the setting of certain scenes.