Suicidal Emotions In Romeo And Juliet

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Passion Without Reason A teenager’s brain doesn’t fully develop until the age of twenty five. During that time, the rational thinking section of the brain, the prefrontal cortex, of the brain is still growing. In the play Romeo and Juliet, written by Shakespeare, the love the two main characters love they display is all focused on instant gratification. First, when Romeo asks the nurse about Juliet, he assumed she thought of him to be a murderer. Second, Juliet’s parents arrange a marriage for her and Paris. She does anything to try to get out of it. And finally, Romeo ends the play with killing himself, so Juliet refuses to live without him. Their irrational decisions they made, caused many deaths that could have been prevented. The suicidal impulses in the play could have been avoided if the story wasn’t based on two young, teenage lovers. …show more content…

Before she even speaks, he assumes Juliet thinks he’s a murder, and threatens to stab himself. “Doth my name lodge? Tell me, that I may sack,/ The hateful mansion./ [He offers to stab himself but the nurse snatches the dagger away.]” (3.3.107-109). In the brain, the amygdala is the lobe that is responsible for immediate reactions including fear and aggressive behavior. Romeo makes the aberrant decision to kill himself without hearing the news the nurse carries. The friar helps Romeo snap back into reality by telling him “Thy tears are womanish, thy wild acts denote/ The unreasonable fury of a beast.” (3.3.110.). Shakespeare seems to consider that love is self- destructive. He demonstrates myopic suicidal impulses through Romeo’s quick decision to attempt to stab

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