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"Defend the argument that 'Romeo and Juliet' is much more concerned about asking questions about responsible and irresponsible behavior than it is about exploring romantic love."

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Introduction

"Defend the argument that 'Romeo and Juliet' is much more concerned about asking questions about responsible and irresponsible behavior than it is about exploring romantic love." The first thoughts that come into most people's minds when they think of Romeo and Juliet are thoughts of love and romance. This is in fact not true. The plot does contain quite a lot of elements of love and romance, but the predominant theme is definitely asking questions about one's responsibility and irresponsibility. The first thing to note is that Romeo and Juliet are not really in love. He falls in love with her at first sight, but surely this is not true love: probably just a crush, or infatuation. Romeo is not the romantic character that he is made out to be by people having not analyzed the text .their relation, whether it be love or not, was certainly not something to die for. ...read more.

Middle

When Romeo first talks to him, he criticizes him about his love life. When it comes to Romeo asking him to marry him and Juliet, he is first surprised but then decides to "act the hero": he thinks that by doing this he would be the one to bring the two rival families together! This is obviously very irresponsible. Another example is Juliet's nurse: she is supposed to be a mature adult woman, but she is not. She goes along with anything that Juliet has in mind. She agrees to help her get married with Romeo but when it becomes difficult to maintain her relationship with him (when he is banished from Verona) she becomes hypocritical and tells her to accept to marry Paris and all would be fine. One final example is the Apothecary that sells Romeo when he is coming back to Verona. ...read more.

Conclusion

For example, in act 1, Scene 1, he tries to tell him to forget Rosaline and look for other girls. Even though he knows deep down that he is right, Romeo does not take his advice. BENVOLIO : Be ruled by me, forget to think of her. [...] ROMEO : Farewell. thou canst not teach me to forget. The same thing happens when they decide to gatecrash the Capulet party (Act 1, Scene 4) BENVOLIO: This wind you talk of blows us from ourselves. Supper is done, and we shall come too late. And again, just before Mercutio starts fighting with Tybalt (Act 3, Scence 1): BENVOLIO: I pray thee, good Mercutio, let's retire: The day is hot, the Capels are abroad And if we meet we shall not scape a brawl For now, these hot days, is the mad blood stirring. I hope that my essay will make the reader agree that the tragedy Romeo and Juliet is in fact based on irresponsible behaviour, and not romance and love. ...read more.

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