Romeo & Juliet (Option 2

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Romeo and Juliet show that strong emotions like love create stronger reactions like violence. Throughout this play people show their love through sacrifice and death. Love can spawn violence. “O calm, dishonourable, vile submission! ‘Alla Stoccata’ carries it away. (Draws) Tybalt, you rat-catcher, will you walk?” In Act 3, Scene 1, Line 70-72 Mercurtio offers to fight instead of Romeo when Tybalt challenges him. Mercurtio slays Tybalt but is badly hurt and dies as well. Because Mercurtio was upset by the insult Tybalt threw at Romeo, someone he cares for, he killed and fought to the death for him. The play also shows that love can cause death. When Paris sees Juliet’s still body he told Romeo to kill him. “Open the tomb, lay me with Juliet. (Dies)” Act 5, Scene 3, Line73. Paris believes that he cannot live without Juliet. He loved her so much, though the love was unrequited, he couldn’t stand being without her. So he joined her. The most dramatic example of violence is through sacrifice of Juliet and Romeo. “Here’s to my love? (Drinks) O true apothecary! Thy drugs are quick. Thus with a kiss I die. (Dies) Act 5, Scene 3, Line 119-120. Romeo poisons himself, after seeing Juliet presumably dead. “Yea, noise? Then I’ll be brief. O happy dagger, this is thy sheath: there rust, and let me die”. Act 5, Scene 3, Line 169-171. When Juliet awakens she stabs sees Romeo’s body, and the Poison on his still warm lips. Upset there is no poison left for her she takes his dagger and stabs herself instead. These two are the epitome of the (foolish) sacrifice love can cause. They loved each other and upon seeing the other dead instantly knew the only option was death if they couldn’t be with one another. Love is powerful emotion whether it is friendship, romantic or unrequited. And with strong emotions come strong actions, and violence of all kinds brought on by loyalty and despair. Angelique Robinson Block 3

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