[ The teacher said my intro was a little weak comparing to the rest of the essay, but it shouldn't be too hard to spruce up ]
[ also the line references for the quotes my be different if your using a different version of Romeo and Juliet ]
Romeo and Juliet is a play about decisions, and more importantly, about action which comes after the decisions. The play demonstrates how love and hate can impair the decision making process, which in turn creates foolish actions. The main characters make decisions based on hate or love, and the actions cause unforeseeable consequences. For all actions, there are consequences - and the more important the action is, the more serious the consequence. The actions in Romeo and Juliet were fuelled by hate. In the play, there are two feuding families - the Montagues and the Capulets. They have been fighting for so long that they can't remember what they are fighting about. The hatred of each other has been embedded in the minds of the families so much that there has been three brawls in the streets and many lives have been lost. Family members and those linked to the families had the hatred embedded in their minds so much, that the decisions they made resulted in serious consequences for either the character who committed the action or other characters in the play. A character in the play sent a challenge on the life of a member of the opposite house. A Friar linked to both houses must consider the hatred when taking action. Important actions that had been committed would have been different if the hatred between the Montagues and the Capulets did not exist.
The hatred between the two families can be seen clearly when Romeo step in to stop a fight between Tybalt and Mercutio. The fight emerged from a challenge on the life of Romeo by Tybalt. Romeo is a Montague and Tybalt is a Capulet. Romeo had just secretly married Juliet, Tybalt's cousin; so he was unwilling to fight against a member of his own family. In this quote, Romeo says that he loves Tybalt and the name Capulet but Tybalt will never know why.
[I] love thee better than thou canst devise till thou shalt know the reason of my love. And so, good Capulet, which name I tender as dearly as mine own, be satisfied. (Act 3, Scene 1, Line 63-66)
Romeo's friend, Mercutio, takes up Tybalt's challenge. The two start fighting and Romeo steps in to try to put a stop to the fight. As a consequence to Romeo's action of trying to stop the fight, he block's Mercutio's vision and Tybalt sword slips by Romeo and straight into Mercutio. "Why the devil came you between us? I was hurt under your arm." (Act 3,...