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Romeo and Juliet Comprehension

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Jasmine Yu February 23rd, 2009 Romeo and Juliet VS "Romeo and Juliet in Bosnia" on Human Nature Why are people such selfish creatures? Is it because all they want out of life is to get a level higher in life than the rest? Or is it just apart of their genetic makeover? Whatever the reason, humans are the most selfish creatures on our planet. They are the only species on the face of this planet who choose what they want out of life. Some may say that choice is a good thing, but is choice not a catalyst in the process of becoming selfish? All of the other species in the world do not get to choose what they want to be or do in their lives. They go along with the cycle of life and take everything as it is. Humans, on the other hand are always trying to change the process of life. In Romeo and Juliet, and "Romeo and Juliet in Bosnia", we learn that human beings are selfish creatures, who only think about their own well being without considering the consequences, which is reflected in the contrast between Shakespeare's and Herbert's perspective towards reckless love and the similarities between the egotistical actions of Admira and Juliet. Although some people may argue that these texts show us the compassion that humans have since birth through Herbert's viewpoint of the two lover's death, we can actually ...read more.

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The nurse replies saying "Ay, and from my soul, or else beshrew them both" (Shakespeare, 873). Juliet replies with an "Amen" (Shakespeare, 873), which represents Juliet's disapproval of the nurse's words. Juliet disapproves of her nurse's words so much that she secretly wants her nurse's soul and heart to be 'beshrewed'. This shows us that Juliet is so recklessly in love with Romeo that she has pushed away any obstacles, even the people closest to her, to return to her Romeo. Juliet's reckless love for Romeo has turned her into an extremely self-centered young lady. Admira has done something similar, but not as selfish as Juliet. Admira's grandmother, Sadika Ismic, reports that she was not very happy about Admira's boyfriend, who was a Serb. Her grandmother is against it, yet Admira continues to date Bosko, knowing that her beloved grandmother opposes their relationship. This represents selfishness because Admira ignores her grandmother's opinions and continues to do what her grandmother has very good reasons to oppose. These two young ladies are both selfish creatures who would choose a boy they fell in love with at first sight over a person as close as family. These two texts represent selfishness. However, some people may argue that they actually show compassion, because of Bob Herbert's hidden message. Bob Herbert ends his pessimistic article with an extremely painful message to read "The world stands helpless and sometimes depressed before the madness. ...read more.

Conclusion

Selfishness is an extremely broad topic, which is why it can be found everywhere, especially in texts, such as Shakespeare. Shakespeare is famous for writing plays which are strongly connected to human nature, so strong in fact that they seem as though they could actually occur in real life. This type of writing persuades the reader to continue reading the text. This technique of writing is still used by 21st century authors. The ideas in Romeo and Juliet and "Romeo and Juliet in Bosnia" can be seen in human existence, when you compare humans to other species. One example of human selfishness is the fact that humans are the only species who want to or tries to live longer than they are suppose to live, while all of the other species welcome death as if it were a long lost friend. The consequence to these 'elixirs of life' is population growth. Population growth affects all of us in many ways. One of these ways is the lack of food in the world, because if people do not eventually die out, there will not be enough food to feed all of us. Therefore, human selfishness can actually cause the human race to become extinct. This is how severe the consequences of selfishness are, but there is still hope for us. There is time for us to change even though it seems impossible at the moment. We are capable of changing our selfish ways of life. ...read more.

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