Jack Willette February 19, 2013 Eng 9 H Hartwig

Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare Romeo goes around executing people and picking up teenage girls, and Lord Capulet proclaims that he is a virtuous youth? This assertion cannot be correct and leads one to believe that Romeo is a superb role model, while in reality, Romeo is a narcissistic executioner. Romeo is not an inculpable youth because he goes around crashing parties and hooking up with the teenage daughter of his enemy. Romeo also ends up buying poison illegally from random apothecaries, slaughtering countless populace, and himself, during the extent of the tragedy. In Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare, Romeo meets Juliet at a festivity, and they instantaneously fall in love at first sight. They get espoused the next morning, and they concoct a contrivance to meet after dark, but their plan was fordone when Tybalt accidentally kills Mercutio, and Romeo slays Tybalt, and Romeo is therefore banned from the city of Verona by Prince Escalus. The Friar comes up with a plan that consists of giving Juliet a sleeping potion, informing Romeo, who is currently in Mantua, burying Juliet in the Capulet tomb, and Romeo will be there when Juliet wakes up and Romeo will leave Verona with Juliet; however, Romeo doesn’t get Friar Lawrence’s communiqué, but somehow Romeo learns that Juliet is dead and he rushes back to Verona, causing more deaths, just so he could be dead with Juliet, although she is not really dead.

In The Most Excellent and Lamentable Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, by Shakespeare, Romeo’s friends convince him to go crash a Capulet party to cheer him up after Rosaline dumps him. Benvolio convinces Romeo to go by saying, “At this same ancient feast of Capulet’s / Sups the fair Rosaline whom thou so loves; / With all the admirèd beauties of Verona. / Go thither, and with unattainted eye / Compare her face with some that I shall show, / And I will make thee think thy swan a crow” (Shakespeare Act I, ii, 82-87). This shows that Romeo is easily swayed by Benvolio and Mercutio, and therefore shows him incapable of making his own decisions. It is at this same party that he meets up with Juliet, who is thirteen, a mere four years younger than himself. When Romeo first sees Juliet, he says,” […] Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight! / For I ne’er saw true beauty till this night” (Act I, v, 51-52). This proves that Romeo makes rather laughable decisions, no matter how trivial, and that Romeo is insecure and should not chase his ill-fated romantic relationships, no matter the cost to his ego, and therefore is an iniquitous youth. Romeo is a murderer. He kills countless people on his quest for love, and causes the deaths of many more. Tybalt ends up killing Mercutio, and Tybalt flees, but comes back, only to be slain by an enraged Romeo. Benvolio tells an account of this event to Prince Escalus after the fight. Shakespeare writes, “[…] An envious thrust from Tybalt hit the life / Out of stout Mercutio, and then Tybalt fled, / But by and by comes back to Romeo, / Who had but newly entertained revenge, / And to’t they go like lightning; for, ere I / Could not draw to part them, was stout Tybalt slain; / And as he fell, did Romeo turn and fly” (Act III, ii, 162-169). This again happens at the end of Romeo and Juliet, when Romeo returns to Verona to kill himself after Juliet is buried. Romeo gets in a brawl with Paris, who wanted to marry Juliet as well. After Romeo has slain Paris, he enters the Capulet vault, to find Juliet sleeping, and kills himself,

“Here’s to my love! O true apothecary! / Thy drugs are quick. Thus with a kiss I die” (Act V, iii, 119-120). This proves that Romeo has no regard for life and cares not for the wellbeing of others, going as far as to give his own mother a heart attack, but rather for his own personal gain, again proving that Romeo is a conceited narcissist, not a virtuous youth that Lord Capulet proclaims he is. Because Romeo is unable to make good decisions, crashes parties, and has relationships with thirteen-year-old girls, he is most unquestionably megalomaniac, and because he has no regard for the life and felicity of others, but instead is more interested in his own personal love affairs and the status quo, Romeo is unmistakably not a virtuous youth, but instead just another lowly felon as was described by County Paris in the last act.

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