The Influence Of Teenage Behaviors In Romeo And Juliet

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Teenage behavior has not changed in over five hundred years. The behaviors portrayed in Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare are very similar to the behaviors of the average teenager today. The teenage brain takes years to become fully developed which is why teens make impulsive decisions, express new emotions, and have rebellious behaviors as shown in Romeo and Juliet. Teenagers are impulsive when making decisions because of the unawareness of consequences that their decisions could result in. Romeo rushes the decision to marry Juliet and take a new name, “I trust your words. Just call me your love, and I will take a new name. From now on I will never be Romeo again.” (2.2 50-51) Romeo and Juliet post hastily commit to marriage, without considering any of the risks that could occur. The quick decision making will continue to occur as their brain is not fully developed yet. Juliet also quickly decides to inform Romeo that they should plan for the wedding if it is meant to be, “If your intentions as a lover are truly honorable and you want to marry me, send me word tomorrow. I’ll send a messenger to you, and you can pass on a message telling me where and when we’ll be married.” (2.2 144-146) Romeo and Juliet have already decided to plan when and where they will be married without sitting down to think if marriage is truly the right decision. The inconsideration of risks can lead to many different issues throughout their marriage in the future. Romeo is asking for the
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