The Importance Of Choices In Romeo And Juliet

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In Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare uses many themes and motifs to entice the reader and make a better, more relatable story. One important theme is how the choices we make can impact us. Some of the main characters in Romeo and Juliet make very important choices that determine their fate and have a tremendous effect on the outcome of the play. There were several important decisions that Romeo and Juliet could have made differently that could have greatly affected their tragic deaths. One example of a significant choice made by Romeo and Juliet is their choice to rush into their love and marriage. You cannot truly know someone until you spend a considerable amount of time with them. The young couple had only been acquainted for a few…show more content…
He arrives to open the tomb and say his last goodbyes to Juliet. At first sight it looks to Romeo as if Juliet is sleeping instead of dead, but Romeo ignores all of the signs that Juliet is, in fact, still alive. Romeo can’t bare the thought of continuing life without Juliet, so he kills himself with a bottle of poison after he says, “Here’s to my love. O true apothecary / Thy drugs are quick. Thus with a kiss I die” (V.iii.) This was a key decision in the story because if Romeo would have waited just a minute more Juliet would have woken up to the sight of a live Romeo instead of a dead one. Juliet immediately killed herself when she saw Romeo lying dead. If Romeo would have waited a little longer he could have prevented the tragic death of both himself and Juliet. All of these key decisions could have saved Romeo, Juliet and everyone else that died. Shakespeare intended for these moments in the play to be memorable and represent important moments in the story. Although these choices aren’t the only reason Romeo and Juliet met their tragic demise, they are a significant part of the
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