Whatever Doesn T Kill Us: Character Analysis

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The well known quote “That which does not kill us, makes us stronger” was first accredited to a german philosopher and scholar named Friedrich Nietzsche in the 1800s. Since then, the phrase has been modified and used by countless figures such as scientists, researchers, and the world famous, country singer Kelly Clarkson. Amongst these people is a psychologist Dr. Mark Seery. In his 2010 study Whatever Doesn't Kill Us: Cumulative Lifetime Adversity, Vulnerability and Resilience (which appeared in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology), he determined this is indeed the case. In the study Dr. Seery claimed, “adverse experiences... foster subsequent resilience, with resulting advantages for mental health and well-being.” Despite his conclusion, and those of many other philosophers and scientists alike, author and…show more content…
All her life Juliet worked hard to be the daughter that would uphold her family's pride. All of her efforts changed when she met and fell in love with Romeo. In fear of her parent’s potential actions and losing her lover, Juliet kept her “love, sprung from [her] only hate,” (I. 5. 136) a secret from the Capulets. This secret was successful in strengthening their relationship as it allowed an uninhibited Romeo and Juliet to love freely without the influence of outsiders. However, as time moved on, Juliet continued to let fear force her into impulsive, out of character decisions. The largest of these was agreeing to Friar's plan despite her fears about its feasibility. Questions such as “What if it be a poison, which the friar/ Subtly hath minister'd to have me dead/… [and] How if, when I am laid into the tomb/ I wake before the time that Romeo/ Come to redeem me?” (4. 3. 25-26, 31-33) filled Juliet's mind. Her blind concurrence with Friar despite her fears weakened her relationship with Romeo as the plan did go
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