Hello fellow Manic Expressionists! Today, Ive decided to conform to the Ratin8tor way, meaning that because I’m to lazy to come up with new material myself, Ive elected to plug a bit of written material I wrote for the system(this is a totally intentional jab at Ratin8tor, all in good fun of course. :P So, I wrote something on Romeo and Juliet…hope you enjoy…I’ll shut up now.

No one wants to die. Every day people pray for just one more day on god’s green earth. But prayer will do little to protect them from the stupid mistakes of others, such is the case of Romeo and Juliet. Romeo and Juliet is the story of two households that have feuded with one another for many years. The two star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet (one from each household) pay the price for their love do to the mistakes made by others in this play by William Shakespeare. The story has several examples of these mistakes being made, such as those from minor characters, like Rosaline, to major influences, like the Friar and the Nurse, and even the feuding households themselves.


Naturally the first place to start would be with the small but nonetheless important influences in Romeo and Juliet’s decision to kill themselves. The first and most obvious of these influences is Rosaline. For, had she not rejected Romeo’s attempts to become intimate with her, Romeo may very well have never met Juliet, and the tragic chain of events would have never begun. Although, the same result could have been achieved had Benvolio and Mercutio not convinced Romeo to attend the Capulet party with them. Romeo did not want to attend the party, but Mercutio egged him on and he eventually agreed to go. So, it could be argued that Mercutio and Benvolio are the main cause of the story’s events.

“Take thou some new infection to thy eye; And the rank poison of the old will die.”


This is Benvolio’s attempt at getting Romeo to go to the Capulet party, by convincing him that there are other women for him.


Even though the influences of Rosaline, Mercutio, and Benvolio started the sad tale, those much closer to the main heroes failed much more miserably in terms of decision making. Juliet’s nurse is one of these poor decision makers. Throughout the story, she assists Juliet in her attempts at marrying Romeo at a very young age, without even telling the parents. Her last choice is one of much more wisdom, as she tries to stop Juliet from trying to be with Romeo. So, in terms of failure, she holds no coin to the Friar. Friar Lawrence’s thoughts on the situation were originally that he could end the Capulet/Montague feud by marrying Romeo and Juliet. So he helps them. Later, he provides to Juliet a sleeping poison that would effectively separate her from her family forever should his plan succeed. When his plan fails, he again tries to help them, but flees when the authorities come to the Capulet vault, rather than stay with Juliet.


“That copest with death himself to scape from it; And, if thou darest, I’ll give thee remedy.” 


This is Friar Lawrence’s offer to Juliet to give her a poison so she can fake her own death.


Friar Lawrence’s treachery may have played a vital role in the tragedy of the story, but the true blame for who caused the death of Romeo and Juliet falls upon The feuding families themselves. One of the details the reader/audience member learns about early in the story is that the Capulet and Montague households have been feuding for years. Were this not the case, Romeo and Juliet could have gotten together without issue. Consequently, this would be avoiding many deaths and the ENTIRE tragedy as a whole. What’s worse is that no reason is ever given for this feud’s existence, so the families have no given reason to be acting like this. Romeo and Juliet’s love as it is could not have existed without the pointless feud from the families.


“What, ho! You men, you beasts; That quench the fire of your pernicious rage; With purple fountains issuing from your veins!”


This is the prince, who is furious at Capulet and Montague for all the trouble they have caused in the streets of Verona, something they’ve managed to do within their own homes.


So, in the end, if any of the minor influences, the major influences, or even the feuding households had been removed from the story, the whole of the tragedy could have been prevented. So what would have happened without these influences? Would Romeo and Juliet have never met? Would they be living happy lives together? Romeo and Juliet leaves many such questions unanswered. And they will never be answered for anyone, as it was written by a man who is now dead.


Well, I’m sure that was interesting for the expressionists to read. Hope you enjoyed.


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