Hearing the weirdly spoken english language and seeing the unusual use of words and phrases. One play written by Shakespeare tells me a story of two characters that fell so quickly in love: Romeo and Juliet. Romeo and Juliet’s families had lots of feuds between one another. At the end of their story, the lovers decided to commit suicide. Who was the first to make the rash decision? Romeo. The reason for their deaths is Romeo. Romeo’s personality sets off red flags, his motivations are very dangerous, and his actions led to many of deaths.
First of all, his personality sets off a ton of red flags during the whole entire play. From the play he seems dramatic, rash ,and determined. Those all together doesn’t go well together. Being dramatic the whole time didn’t help in many cases. On page 769 he says,” With love’s light wings did I o’erperch these walls; For stony limits cannot hold love out, And what love can do, that dares love attempt. Therefore thy kinsmen are no stop to me.” He had told Juliet he flew over the huge wall with “love’s light wings” just to talk to her for a moment about how he loved her so much that he wanted to get married. Another personality trait that sets off more flags is that he is rash. He doesn’t think before making major decisions, which leads to buying poison to kill himself because his lady had “died”. “Come hither, man. I see that thou art poor. Hold, there is forty ducats. Let me have a dram of poison, such soon-speeding gear as will disperse itself through all the veins that the life-weary taker may fall dead, and that the trunk may be discharged of breath as violently as hasty powder fired doth hurry from the fatal cannon’s womb.” Clearly he didn’t seem to care about Rosaline anymore and his whole purpose in life was to be with Juliet. Another he set off many red flags was that he was rash. “Come hither, man. I see that thou art poor. Hold, there is forty ducats. Let me have a dram of poison, such soon-speeding gear as will disperse itself through all the veins that the life-weary taker may fall dead, and that the trunk may be discharged of breath as violently as hasty powder fired doth hurry from the fatal cannon’s womb,” he states on page 836. He bargains with a poor merchant to give him poison to kill himself with because his Juliet had died and he wanted to be with her. He did not wait to hear for the Friar or go to ask him what had happen. He rushed in and killed himself near her. The final reason he set off red flags was because he was very determined to do certain things. Romeo says,” I must indeed; and therefore came i hither. Good gentle youth, tempt not a desp’rate man. Fly hence and leave me. Think upon these gone; Let them affright thee. I beseech thee, youth, put not another sin upon my head by urging me to fury. O be gone! By heaven, I love thee better than myself, For I come hither armed against myself. Stay not, be gone. Live, and hereafter say a madman’s mercy bid thee run away” which he clearly is determined to kill Tybalt because his loss of Mercutio. Rather than confronting Prince Escalus about what Tybalt has done, he took matters into his own hands and killed Tybalt the next time he saw him. This is why him being dramatic, rash ,and determined set off many red flags.
Secondly his motives were very dangerous to his own life and others. His motives are mostly internal and they are personal fulfillment and guilt. For personal fulfillment, he was doing it to avenge one’s self or a loved one. “Alive in triumph, and Mercutio slain? Away to heaven respective lenity, and fire-eyed fury be my conduct now! Now ,Tybalt, take the “villain” back again that late thou gavest me; for Mercutio’s soul is but a little way above our heads, Staying for thine to keep him company. Either thou or I, or both must go with him” ,Romeo had said. Which leads him to slain Tybalt. He could have waited for Prince Escalus to deal with the situation but he decided to do this, which leads to his banishment. Next he is given his banishment and how he takes it is terrible. ” Ha, banishment? Be merciful, say ‘death’; For exile hath more terror in his look, much more than death. Do not say “banishment” when he says he realises that he is now atoning for his misdeed. This shows how dangerous his personal fulfillment and guilt to his own life and others throughout the whole play.
Finally, by Romeo trying everything just to tell juliet that he loved her and wanted marriage, threatening his server if got in the way of him killing himself, and killing Paris because he is in his way to kill himself his actions led to his own and others deaths. When he went Juliet’s window and Juliet had asked him how did he get there he said,”By love, that first did prompt me to inquire. He lent me counsel and I lent him eyes. I am pilot; yet, wert thou as far as that vast shore washed with the farthest sea, I should adventure for such merchandise.” When he had said that he had said that love made search for her, which is a bit irrational. Another action that led to many deaths is when he threatens his server. When Romeo threatens his server with his life is shows he isn’t thinking as straight as he thinks he is. On page 839 Romeo tell his server,”Give me that mattock and the wrenching iron. Hold, take this letter; early in the morning See thou deliver it to my lord and father. Give me the light: upon thy life, I charge thee, Whate’er thou hear’st or seest, stand all aloof, And do not interrupt me in my course. Why I descend into this bed of death, Is partly to behold my lady’s face; But chiefly to take thence from her dead finger A precious ring, a ring that I must use In dear employment: therefore hence, be gone: But if thou, jealous, dost return to pry In what I further shall intend to do, By heaven, I will tear thee joint by joint And strew this hungry churchyard with thy limbs: The time and my intents are savage-wild, More fierce and more inexorable far Than empty tigers or the roaring sea” when saying this to someone the person is scared for his own life. In this case when Romeo says that he is on his way to kill himself then later Juliet will kill herself because of his death, he put lives in danger at that point. Not to mention the scene he kill Paris.” In faith, I will. Let me peruse this face. Mercutio’s kinsman, noble to County Paris! What said my man when betossed soul did not attend him as we rode? I think he told me Paris should have married Juliet. Said he not so, or did I dream it so? Or am I mad, hearing him talk of Juliet to think it was so? O, give me thy hand, One writ with me in sour misfortune’s book! I’ll bury thee in a triumphant grave; A grave? O no! a lantern, slaughter’d youth, For here lies Juliet, and her beauty makes This vault a feasting presence full of light. Death, lie thou there, by a dead man interr’d”, before Romeo tells himself this he killed Paris. Paris was mourning over who was suppose to be his wife, Juliet. While Romeo was being rash just kill Paris for simply doing what people do when they lose someone who is very dear to them. The lives he took or killed was himself, Juliet, Paris, Tybalt, and Mercutio which is a lot just for the families to realize their rivalry was affecting people around them and how Romeo’s actions have taken or will take lives in the play.
Romeo’s personality sets off red flags, his motivations are very dangerous, and his actions led to many of deaths: the main reasons why Romeo is the cause of many deaths. By being dramatic, rash, and determined is some of his personality traits throughout the play is one main reason. His personal fulfillment, and guilt is one other main reason. When he told someone he first met he wants to marry her, threatened his server, and killed Paris: his actions is another main reason he is the reason behind all the deaths. That is how Romeo is the main culprit when looking for whose responsible for the many deaths.