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Romeo and Juliet as a Impulsive Parody on Teen Love and not a Romantic Tragedy

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Romeo and Juliet is not the perfect love story everyone imagines. The truth is that perception is distorted behind teen love and hormones. These two classic, love-struck characters had numerous detriments impeded by their surroundings. The fact that Juliet was brought up her nurse and receives extreme amounts of stress from her family shows the lack of parental bond. Also, Romeo faces many problems with the fact that he considers Friar Laurence to be a sort of ‘father-figure’ and the constant pressure and teasing from his close friends. Romeo and Juliet’s decisions were affected by many external factors, because of the lack of parental structure from their families, causing Romeo and Juliet to go to extreme measures.

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Romeo and Juliet is not the perfect love story everyone imagines. The truth is that perception is distorted behind teen love and hormones. These two classic, love-struck characters had numerous detriments impeded by their surroundings. The fact that Juliet was brought up her nurse and receives extreme amounts of stress from her family shows the lack of parental bond. Also, Romeo faces many problems with the fact that he considers Friar Laurence to be a sort of ‘father-figure’ and the constant pressure and teasing from his close friends. Romeo and Juliet’s decisions were affected by many external factors, because of the lack of parental structure from their families, causing Romeo and Juliet to go to extreme measures.

Juliet was basically raised by her nurse. Her mother was never much involved with her growing up and left most all the ‘motherly’ duties to the nurse. This has ensured the fact that she entrusts all her secrets with the nurse instead of her mother. Juliet’s nurse was the one who helped get her married and sneak in Romeo. Lady Capulet not only was distant with Juliet but seems to have no emotional attachment to her. Lady Capulet also was one the one who threatened to kick her out and insulted her, but after hearing word of her ‘death’ immediately broke down and was ‘heartbroken’ over it. She also had no problem marrying her off to Paris even at the expense of Juliet’s happiness. “What is this? What is this fuzzy logic? What is this? I hear you say “proud” and “I thank you,” and then “no thank you” and “not proud,” you spoiled little girl. You’re not really giving me any thanks or showing me any pride. But get yourself ready for Thursday. You’re going to Saint Peter’s Church to marry Paris. And if you don’t go on your own, I’ll drag you there. You disgust me, you little bug! You worthless girl! You pale face.

Romeo’s parents do not seem to be around much. He doesn’t seem to respect or lookup to his parents much. Friar Laurence is depicted as this sort of ‘father figure’ for Romeo. He was also willing to easily give up his name for Juliet which shows he does not have strong pride in his family. His parents seem to have little influence or impact in his life. At the beginning of the play, Romeo is depicted as this depressed, hopeless romantic character, who seems to turn everything into a tragedy. Throughout the play his friend circle appears to have extensive influence on his actions, to a point that is alarming in some cases. “If take thee at thy word. Call me but love, and I’ll be new baptized. Henceforth I never will be Romeo.”

Also, Romeos friends seem to have a bigger effect on him for reasons such as helping him through dark times in his short-lived life or even pushing him to have sex with a woman. They often ridicule him for not finding love. In Act 1, Scene 4, Mercutio states, ‘If love be rough with you, be rough with love. Prick love for pricking, and you beat love down.” This basically says that if love gets you down, then you should find someone to have sex with to

‘cure it’. Here Mercutio is bugging Romeo to get his mind off Rosaline by womanizing another girl. It is also said that Romeo suffers from depression. Sex isn’t a ‘cure’ for anxiety or depression, but the ‘feel-good’ hormones and chemicals that are released during sex can temporarily reduce symptoms of both mental health challenges, says Ashley Laderer, a publisher for Talkspace.com. Mercutio may have not been trying to pester Romeo, but to help his challenges of depression. Overall, Mercutio and others may have been trying to help Romeo, rather than hurting him but it appears to have done the opposite.

The fact that no one seemed to have a problem going behind their parents back is startling. Friar Laurence had obvious ulterior motives behind his assistance to the teens. He originally married them to try and end the feud, but when he realized that it would not work in time; he devised another plan. Friar helped ‘fake’ Juliet’s death in a final attempt to bring the families together and most likely cover his tracks. Juliet’s nurse helped her make plans with Romeo. She would be a sort of messenger back and forth between them. Nurse also helped sneak Romeo into Juliet’s bedroom on their wedding night. “The greatest irony of all lies in the fact that the outcome of these tragic events is exactly the result Friar Laurence wished to achieve for the families. However, it is not ‘this alliance’ which proves ‘happy’ and turns the ‘households rancor to pure love.’ It is instead, the tragic and unnecessary deaths of the two best-loved members of the houses of Capulet and Montague which brings them together.” 

On the other hand, some people say that the characters in the play were affected mentally and that outside forces didn’t play a huge role at all. This perspective lens makes sense because the characters did choose their action’s and whether they wanted to do it or not. Nevertheless, the actions of the peers around that decision is what really had an everlasting impact on the decision’s outcome, such as Romeo killing himself because he thought Juliet was dead. Also Mercutio cursing his best friend’s house before he was killed by Tybalt. So, all in all, the claim that the behaviors made by key characters are strictly mental is nonsense.

Romeo and Juliet’s decisions were affected by many external factors, because of lack of parental structure from their families, causing Romeo and Juliet to go to extreme measures. Romeo’s pressure from his peers as well as the withdrawn status of his parents appears to have greatly discombobulated him. The Capulets disregard for Juliet’s happiness and special bond with her nurse all play a part in the decisions she made throughout the play. Friar Laurence is also a major external factor contributing to the series of unfortunate events that led to the teenager’s tragic deaths. This goes to show Romeo and Juliet is an impulsive parody on teen love and not a romantic tragedy. 

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