The Consequences Of Romeo And Juliet

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“For never was a story of more woe / Than this of Juliet and her Romeo.” (Shakespeare V.iii.569-570). How did the decisions and mindsets of the characters lead to such a tragic ending? Hence, Romeo and Juliet, the classic play about two star-crossed lovers from feuding families, written by William Shakespeare, illustrates how the consequences of our actions can often be far worse than imagined. The play opens as they fall in love and get married, but Romeo faces exile for killing Juliet’s cousin in a fight and they both eventually commit suicide when they are not able to be together, leading their families to finally make peace. Evidently, Shakespeare argues that it is important to make decisions based on logical reasoning rather than let ourselves be influenced by strong emotions because it will allow us to truly understand the consequences, protect our loved ones, and maintain autonomy over our own lives.
Making decisions when we are in a sound state of mind forces us to consider all the potential consequences of our actions. For example, when Romeo finds out that he has been banished from Verona for killing Tybalt, he is very distraught. “In what vile part of this anatomy / Doth my name lodge? tell me, that I may sack / The hateful mansion. / Drawing his sword” (Shakespeare III.iii.148-151). Romeo hates himself for being a Montague and wants to remove his name from his identity because it gives Juliet a reason to detest him. Romeo does not consider how his suicidal
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