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Anger In William Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet

567 words - 2 pages

Does Romeo and Juliet show that good intentions are no match for
anger?

At the opening of ‘Romeo and Juliet’ we are told that, “Two
households, both alike in dignity… From ancient grudge break to new
mutiny.” This is the cause of both, Romeo and Juliet’s death and peace
between the two families. Already, within the first three lines of the
prologue, we are told what is going to happen. “A pair of star cross’d
lovers take their life” Somebody is going to die, because of a deep
rooted feud between the lovers’ families. ‘Romeo and Juliet’ is a
tragedy - in the traditional sense - that Romeo and Juliet (the main
characters) die because of the fault of someone else.

In this play, there are no evil characters, only hasty ones. There is
no character going out of their way to cause trouble. They are only
trying to do the right thing, unfortunately, it is only what they see
as the right thing. For example, Benvolio decides that he will take
Romeo to the Capulet party to help overcome being love-sick for
Rosaline, to show him that there are other girls out there, but Romeo
falls for Juliet - not the best choice. Nurse tries to make Juliet
happy by being a “middle-man” for her and Romeo’s relationship. This
pleases Juliet because she finds out all the inside information about
Romeo. But overall, only causes trouble as she is bringing the two of
them together which makes others mad, and in the end, angry!

Although the characters are trying to please one another, they are
only getting each other frustrated, and therefore angry, but this is
due to differences in characteristics - no person in this play is
evil. An obvious example of where characteristics are the cause of
anger is the fight between Tybalt and Mercutio. Mercutio picks...

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