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Romeo and Juliet Essay

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Discuss the ideas developed by the author involving the riskiness of youth and the caution of age? In William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare fully develops the idea of riskiness of age. The books main characters Romeo and Juliet, are constantly taking very dangerous risks, these instances highlight the two lovers tender ages. Throughout the book many young people are killed or harmed under the backdrop of immaturity and the lack of wisdom in youth. The books wiser characters such as the Nurse and Friar Lawrence also take risks but unlike the younger characters plan wisely and are cautious. The inexperience and lack of wisdom in early adolescent years causes adolescents to feel invincible which causes them to take unwise and foolish choices, however as one grows one feels more and more vulnerable and through life becomes wiser leading to sensible choices. ...read more.

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Throughout the book Romeo and Juliet's love combined with the family feud cause the loss of many young lives. Through the play we observe the deaths of Mercutio, Tybalt, Paris, Lady Montague, and the most substantial Romeo and Juliet. These deaths can be viewed as a direct cause of the foolishness of youth, though some may view these deaths also as a result of the family feud but the family feud seemed to ignite as a result of Romeo and Juliet's love for each other. In Romeo and Juliet there are many instances where suicidal topics are discussed and even carried out which also highlights the unwise nature of adolescence for the reason that Romeo and Juliet are ready to die for each other instantly and see no possibility of life without each other. ...read more.

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Though what the Nurse and Friar Lawrence do seems foolish they seem to discuss the topics positives and negatives also observing the affect of their act which highlights there maturity. Overall Shakespeare did a exemplary job in highlighting the riskiness of youth and caution of age. The unwise nature of adolescence is observable even in today's world though adolescents may not have as many rights as they did in the past they still are led to believe they are invincible and in there doing so make many unwise choices and judgments. The inexperience and lack of wisdom in early adolescent years causes adolescents to feel invincible which causes them to take unwise and foolish choices, however as one grows one feels more and more vulnerable and through life becomes wiser leading to sensible choices. Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is acclaimed even today as a demanding piece of literature and drama. Shakespeare is commendable for writing perhaps times most poignant and tragic story. ...read more.

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