Comic Relief In Romeo And Juliet Essay

He commits suicide so that he does not have to live without his wife and lover, Juliet. Juliet awakes from her slumber to find Romeo dying beside her, and quickly plunges his dagger through her own chest. In my opinion this is the story of two teenagers, who like many teenagers today, do not think things through and rush into love and a web Of deceit. Love is something which teenagers seem to always be searching for and falling in and out of. In the play, Romeo has been urged by his friends to ‘crash’ Gullet’s families party so that he will get over Rosalie, whom he was pining over.

Basically, Romeo falls in love with Juliet on the rebound. This is Julies first love, and even today girls become slightly obsessed with their first loves. Gullet’s obsession with Romeo is made evident not only in her soliloquy on the balcony, but in her willingness to do anything to be with Romeo. In Gullet’s soliloquy, she speaks of her love for Romeo, and her desire to be with him despite their families. Romeo now infatuated with Juliet instead of Rosalie, is standing below her balcony listening, and after hearing her words proposes marriage. Teenagers today do not rush into marriage as quickly, but o rush into sexual relationships.

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This is proof that teenagers in ‘love’ behave impulsively. Romeo and Juliet are evidently acting impetuously, just as teenagers of today. Romeo and Juliet are also doing what teenagers of today do best: rebelling. Romeo and Juliet rebel against their families, the Montages and Capsules, discretely at first. Romeo never actually openly rebels. Juliet, on the other hand, argues with her parents when confronted with her betrothal to Paris. She eventually gives up the argument, and decides to further deceive her parents by faking her death. Lying as well as arguing with parents is a form of rebellion.

Romeo and Juliet are aware when they wed that their families will eventually discover their secret, just as teenagers today who secretly rebel know they will be found out. Teenage suicide is another topic relevant to life today which is faced in the play. Romeo and Juliet each commit suicide in the wake of the others death. Romeo kills himself with poison, believing that Juliet has passed away, although she is only in a deep slumber. Juliet, when she awakes, finds Romeo dying beside her and attempts to drink the rest Of his poison, but he has left one for her.

Therefore, Juliet takes his dagger and runs it through her chest. This is what we call today a double suicide. Double suicides have become more frequent in recent years in today’s society. Double suicides are usually committed by young lovers, just as in Romeo and Juliet. In my opinion, this book should be read by all teenagers in Australian high schools. It is a tragedy which shows exactly what teenagers should not do. I believe it is most relevant to today’s youth and as it discusses love, rebellion and deathtrap topics pertinent to life today.

Romeo and Juliet Essay

“The road to failure is paved with good intentions”- W. Clement Stone. In life, we make many good intentions to help ourselves and even others. Though sometimes, if our actions do not follow our intentions our plans may not succeed. In the novel, Romeo and Juliet written by William Shakespeare, Friar Laurence has good intentions of wedding two teen lovers and helping them succeed in spending their lives together. However, his plans do not conquer. The marriage of Romeo and Juliet, Juliet’s potion and Friar Laurence’s fleeing of Juliet’s tomb are all examples that show Friar Laurence’s well-meaning actions ending in disastrous results.

The marriage of Romeo and Juliet is one example of Friar Laurence’s actions ending in disastrous results because first, Friar Laurence agrees to marry the couple when Romeo goes to him even though shortly before he told Romeo that he was moving on too fast, and loving with his eyes and not his heart. “So soon forsaken? / Young men’s love then lies / Not truly in their hearts, but in their eyes. ” (2:3:65-69). Despite these actions that lead to a disastrous ending, they still had good intentions. Laurence agreed to marry Romeo to Juliet because he believed it would end the feud between the Capulet and Montague family. But come, young waverer, come go with me / In one respect I’ll thy assistant be / For this alliance may so happy prove / To turn your households’ rancour to pure love. ” (2:3:92-95). Next, Friar Laurence and Juliet’s Nurse, accompany Romeo and Juliet in their plan to sneak off early in the morning to his cell and marry before anyone finds out. This is also part of Friar Laurence’s well-meaning actions that ended disastrously because, Friar Laurence still agreed to marry the two star-crossed lovers because he wants them to live happily.

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Juliet’s Nurse had even been more of a mother to Juliet, and raised and nursed her when she was younger so it is also important to her to see Juliet happy. “So smile the heavens upon this holy act / That after-hours with sorrow chide us not” (2:6:1-2). However, even though Friar Laurence and the Nurse’s intentions were to have Romeo and Juliet be happy together, they knew that they were going against their parents wishes and wedded the young couple anyway. “Then hie you hence to Friar Laurence’s cell. / There stays a husband to make Iezzi 2 you a wife. ” (2:5:68-69).

Secondly, Juliet’s potion is another example of Friar Laurence’s well-meaning actions ending in disastrous results because, he gives Juliet this potion to deceive her family to thinking that she is dead so she will not have to follow through with marring Paris. However, the message to Romeo to tell him that Juliet is not actually dead is not delivered. Romeo is now under the impression that Juliet has already taken her life, which causes him to soon take his own. These actions of Friar Laurence are deceiving and make him seem like he is lacking in integrity.

Especially in Friar Laurence’s position as a friar, he should not be involved in deception. “That cop’st with death himself to ‘scape from it; / And, if though darest, I’ll give thee remedy”. (4:1:76-77). Despite, the actions ending disastrously, Friar Laurence still had good intentions. When he realized how upset Juliet was about not being able to be with Romeo and having to marry Paris, he felt sympathy for Juliet and could tell that she would never be happy without Romeo. “Ah, Juliet, I already know thy grief. It strains me past the compass of my wits”. (4:1:47-48). Friar Laurence had thought that the potion to deceive Juliet as being dead would work and Juliet would be able to be happy with Romeo again, but when his message was not delivered correctly it was not his intentions. When he finds out that his message was not delivered he plans to do the rest of the work himself so he could be certain it was done correctly and his plans to make the couple happy would succeed. “Now, must I to the monument alone. / Withing this three hours will fair Juliet wake. She will beshrew me much that Romeo / Hath had no notice of the accidents, / But I will write again to Mantua, / And keep her at my cell till Romeo come”. (5:2:24-29). Lastly, when Friar Laurence flees Juliet’s tomb it is the final disastrous result. Romeo is lying in Juliet’s tomb dead because he was misunderstood and thought Juliet had actually taken her life. Paris is also lying along side Juliet in her tomb because he had come to visit her, only to find Romeo there and be killed. A troubled Juliet awakes finding Romeo dead and shortly after taking her own life.

Friar Laurence flees Juliet’s tomb because he hears the courtyard guards coming and at that moment realizes Iezzi 3 what he did was wrong. He feels guilty for his actions and does not want to be caught for what he did, making him seem like a coward. “Come, go, good Juliet. I dare no longer stay. ” (5:3:165). When Friar Laurence exits Juliet’s tomb, he is caught by the guards anyway and he is brought back to the Capulet family. Friar Laurence confesses to the family everything he and the Nurse did. When he finally does come clean it shows that his intentions were all well-meaning even though his actions did not conquer.

Friar Laurence also explains to the Capulet’s that he will take the severest punishment for what he did. This shows that he knows it was wrong, and feels guilty. “ Miscarried by my fault, let my old life / be sacrificed, some hour before his time / Unto the rigour of severest law. ” (5:3:273-275). The marriage of Romeo and Juliet, Juliet’s potion and Friar Laurence’s fleeing of Juliet’s tomb were all the well-meaning actions of Friar Laurence that did in fact end in disastrous results. Even though Friar Laurence’s intentions were his best, it certainly seemed that he made the situation of Romeo and Juliet worse.

If he was a man of more integrity and was not involved in deception, the marriage of Romeo and Juliet could have succeeded if he was to tell the Capulet and Montague family from the beginning. This way the Friar, Nurse, Juliet and Romeo would not have to go behind their families backs and go against their wishes. Juliet’s potion would also have never been needed. When our good intentions in life are not follow by our actions and our plans do not conquer this could certainly end in disaster. Friar Laurence’s situation in Romeo and Juliet is a perfect example of that.


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