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Romeo and Juliet: Give Me Love or Give Me Death

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Bess Glanton Mrs. Brown 9th Grade Pre AP English 16 November 2008 Give Me Love or Give Me Death Shakespeare's, Romeo and Juliet, is the tragedy of "two foes/ a pair of star-crossed lovers take their life" (Pro.). Many interesting and unique characters interact throughout the play. Every character from the Nurse, who has a small role, to Romeo, who obviously is a main character, impacts the plot, and Whiten agrees, "Romeo and Juliet is the best example of Shakespeare's ability to create unforgettable characters" (61). Romeo and Juliet make mistakes throughout the six days that make up the play, but it is their imperfections that make them unforgettable. ...read more.


Romeo compares her beauty to a holy shrine only after one glance upon her innocent face, "I profane with my unworthiest hand/ this holy shrine" (1.5 102-103). Impulsive acts often can be the reaction of a broken heart or rejection. Romeo demonstrates this at the party by quickly switching his affection from Rosaline to Juliet. Following the Capulet party, Romeo again reveals his impulsive nature. Romeo overhears Juliet on her balcony confessing her love for him. Although he saw her for the first time just hours before, Romeo responds with words of love for Juliet, "With love's light wings did I o'perch these walls;/ for stony limits cannot hold love out,/ and what love can do, there dares love attempt./ therefore thy kinsmen are no let to me"( 2.2 73-77). ...read more.


and, lips, O you/ the doors of breath, seal with a righteous kiss/ a dateless bargain to engrossing death" (5.5 115-118). Romeo takes his life without thinking through the huge decision that he his making. Henry Louis Mencken once said, "Love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence." In this scene, Romeo abandons all intelligent reasoning, and in a passionate moment, his gives up his life. Once again, Romeo's impulsive personality dictates his actions, and the result is the tragic and unnecessary death of two teenagers. In Romeo, the reader sees wistfulness, passion, and idealistic optimism. These are admirable traits, but impulsiveness is the driving force of Romeo's personality which, in the end, proves to be irrevocably dangerous and sad. Glanton 1 ...read more.

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