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Decisions and Their Results in Romeo and Juliet

Decisions and Their Results in Romeo and Juliet

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Published by Narendran Sairam
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We often make decisions, not realizing how they shape the direction of our lives. Explore the decisions made in the text; then tell a “decision” story of your own. Be sure to fully explore long-term effects, lessons learned, and the questions one should/does think about when making a decision.
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We often make decisions, not realizing how they shape the direction of our lives. Explore the decisions made in the text; then tell a “decision” story of your own. Be sure to fully explore long-term effects, lessons learned, and the questions one should/does think about when making a decision.

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Decisions and their Results Narendran SairamIntroduction to ShakespeareMr. LubawskiOctober 8
th
, 2010
Prompt:We often make decisions, not realizing how they shape the direction of our lives. Explore the decisions made inthe text; then tell a “decision” story of your own. Be sure to fully explore long-term effects, lessons learned, andthe questions one should/does think about when making a decision.
 
Anthony Robinson, an American political advisor once said, “your life changes the moment youmake a new, congruent, and committed decision,” and he could not have been closer to the truth. Everydecision made by us alters, not only our lives but also the lives of the people around us: our families,our friends and even the people we come in contact with everyday. The problem, if any, arises when wedo not consider the effects that our decisions will have on other people and this selfishness anddisregard for others causes most of the problems in the world, if not all. Shakespeare's characters are noexception to this for, after all, they are only human.The most obvious proof to this claim is held in the grudge between the “Two households, bothalike in dignity,” (Prologue.1) that causes “A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life;” (Prologue.6).The entire play is based on a single powerful feud between the Capulets and the Montagues and the past decisions of these families causes a myriad of problems. Firstly, their quarrel is so far reaching thateven their servants fight amongst each other. These skirmishes disturb the public peace in Verona andmake “Verona's ancient citizens Cast by their grave-beseeming ornaments to wield old partisans inhands as old, Cankered with peace, to part [their] cankered hate.” (1.1.92-95) Although the “three civil brawls,” (1.1.89) between the families show their lack of regard for other people, their attitude towardstheir own people, Romeo and Juliet, amplify this characteristic. It is because of their problems fromgenerations ago and their decision against reconciliation that the two lovers do not make their loveknown to their families in fear of drastic consequences. This ultimately causes Romeo and Juliet a lotof grief. The feud is a result of the decisions of the Capulets and the Montagues and clearly, neither family understood the consequences of the decisions or cared about their effect on other people whichled to them being scorned at by the people of Verona and despised by their own kin.Another example of sheer selfishness and blind decision making is Juliet's decision to acceptFriar Lawrence's “distilling liquor,” (4.1.94). She never once thinks about how Romeo would feel if hesaw her and she was “stiff and stark and cold and appear[ed] like death.” (4.1.103) Instead, all she caresabout is her need to be “an unstained wife to [her] sweet love.” (4.1.88) This leaping before thinking

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