Romeo and Juliet

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how do u relate to your self to what happened in Act4 scene1?

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This act depicts desperation, although the desperation goes to an extent I could never understand. I think that every young person has had a parent make decisions in what they believe to be 'the right thing for their child.' This is what Juliet's father is doing, but it's a radical decision to force her into marriage with Paris. Then again, we have to remember the setting of the story......... marriages weren't made for love; they were arranged.

On another note, we are dealing with shared confidences, or confessions as it applies to Juliet. People always have someone they confide in. Today, that more often than not is a close friend rather than a member of the church. The Friar advises Juliet in the same way we're advised by our friends. Sadly, his ideas don't work out; that happens in our own lives as well.

Lastly, this scene deals with Juliet's desire to take poison if she can't have what she wants most. Today, we have large numbers of suicides or attempted suicides............ young people act irrationally and without thought. Juliet is willing to die in order to keep her love pure and doesn't think of the after effects. She only thinks of herself. The friar, a man of God assists her in this plight......... he's educated but he's also emotionally involved.

Therefore out of thy long-experienced time,

Give me some present counsel, or, behold,

'Twixt my extremes and me this bloody knife

Shall play the umpire, arbitrating that

Which the commission of thy years and art

Could to no issue of true honor bring.

Be not so long to speak. I long to die

If what thou speak’st speak not of remedy.

Juliet is looking for answers that no one can give her......... not even the Friar. She's looking for a quick fix when there isn't one, and the Friar out of love and compassion grasps at strings to devise a solution. How many times do we grasp at strings to fix something? How often do we make thinks more difficult than need be because we're too emotional to sit down and really think things through? These are just some thoughts!


Romeo and Juliet/ Act 4/ Scene 1