|Reading Log| Romeo and Juliet: A Story of Insensibility

What are your thoughts on Act 4 and Juliet?

Act 4 is just another example of the mistakes caused by Romeo and Juliet's relationship. 

Juliet seems to get more and more irrational as the story goes on. She is so blinded by "love" she is unable to realize she is hanging onto a lost cause. I am rather annoyed every time she threatens to kill herself when others can not figure out her problems for her. Not only is she being immature for relying on others to get her out of the mess she created, she is also shoveling a whole lot of responsibility and pressure onto the Friar. However if you take into account that she is only a fourteen year old girl with a lack of love in her life that is only trying to hold onto her first "love" you start to feel bad for her. So although I can sit here and blame Romeo and Juliet for all the complications they are brewing up in Verona, I believe the people around them are at just as much fault because they are not helping with the situation. 

I will fake death for my love!
Take Friar Lawrence for example. As friar he is recognized as a wise member of the community that provides advice and answers to the people's questions. Yet he encourages Juliet's childish complaining and immature actions by providing her with clever but highly fallible solutions. I expected Friar Lawrence to slap some sense into Juliet and get her to realize that her relationship with Romeo is just going to lead to destruction. However, it seems like the friar himself is rooting for their relationship because he is hoping to bring peace between the two families and show the power of true love.The Capulets are also at fault in this situation. Although they don't know about Juliet's marriage with Romeo, it still does not justify them forcing Juliet to marry a man she does not love. If they themselves can not be good parents then they cannot expect Juliet to be an obedient daughter. 
An eye roll for the insensible people of Romeo and Juliet.

At this point, Juliet's "death" and everyone else's senselessness, the story can only go downhill from here. 


Junior C said...

I feel you April, I also feel annoyed every time either Romeo or Juliet talk about killing themselves. It makes me want to jump into the book and just slap them and hopefully clear there minds from all this unreasonable thinking. And I agree that everyone else around them are somehow also at fault, if perhaps the Montagues were able to talk to Romeo about his obsession with pretty girls, or if the Capulets had talked about how if you have feelings for a guy, it does not make him the one, this whole story wouldn't end in such a mess.

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