Romeo And Juliet Morals

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Many characters in the play “The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet” did not reason before they did anything. Due to this, many of the characters risked things that they cherished for lesser rewards. Also, things in the story like the feud between the Montagues and the Capulets had a very pricey cost to end it. The teens in the play were most impacted by not reasoning before doing because their brains are still developing. During the second scene of Act II, Romeo and Juliet impulsively decided to get married, less than twenty four hours after meeting each other. In scene ii, Romeo asks Friar Lawrence, “but this I pray, That thou consent to marry us today” (Shakespeare 410). What Romeo is requesting, is that Friar Lawrence marrying him and Juliet that same day, having only met Juliet the night before at the Capulet party. Both the audience and Friar Lawrence are shocked because not less than a day ago, Romeo was still in love with Rosaline, and depressed over the fact that she would not be with him. However, science states that because the prefrontal cortex is still developing, teenagers get really excited about rewards, emotions and new experiences (Galvan). Romeo and Juliet’s excitement over the newness of their relationship as well as the anticipation of what rewards their marriage will bring are likely the cause of their rush to get married, despite the fact that they just met. The excitement and newness of the relationship outweigh the possible consequences of getting
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