Love's Brutality: Romeo and Juliet


Romeo, upon finding out that he has been banished, starts crying hysterically, and tries to kill himself because he thinks he cannot see Juliet again. He feels anger at the Capulet household for keeping them apart. The only reason he doesn't kill himself is because the Nurse tells him to secretly visit Juliet.
ROMEO
As if that name,
Shot from the deadly level of a gun,
Did murder her; as that name's cursed hand
Murder'd her kinsman. O, tell me, friar, tell me,
In what vile part of this anatomy
Doth my name lodge? tell me, that I may sack.
The hateful mansion.
Drawing his sword


Juliet has a similar experience. After finding out that she cannot marry Romeo, she throws herself around the room crying, and vows if the Friar cannot help, she too will kill herself. She also banishes the Nurse, her best friend and confidant, because the Nurse does not want her to be with Romeo as well.
JULIET
I'll to the friar, to know his remedy:
If all else fail, myself have power to die.


Masculine Behavior

Tybalt and Mercutio automatically have to fight because of a couple insults traded.

TYBALT
What wouldst thou have with me?
MERCUTIO
Good king of cats, nothing but one of your nine
lives; that I mean to make bold withal, and as you
shall use me hereafter, drybeat the rest of the
eight. Will you pluck your sword out of his pitcher
by the ears? make haste, lest mine be about your
ears ere it be out.
TYBALT
I am for you.
Drawing
ROMEO
Gentle Mercutio, put thy rapier up.
MERCUTIO
Come, sir, your passado.
They fight


Romeo is harshly scolded for crying in front of his father.
FRIAR LAURENCE
Hold thy desperate hand:
Art thou a man? thy form cries out thou art:
Thy tears are womanish; thy wild acts denote
The unreasonable fury of a beast:
Unseemly woman in a seeming man!



Impulse

Romeo acts on impulse to kill Tybalt. He feels red hot rage at him for killing Mercutio, one of his best friends. It results in him being banished, and strains his relationship with Juliet.

ROMEO
Alive, in triumph! and Mercutio slain!
Away to heaven, respective lenity,
And fire-eyed fury be my conduct now!
Re-enter TYBALT
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.
TYBALT
Thou, wretched boy, that didst consort him here,
Shalt with him hence.
ROMEO
This shall determine that.
They fight; TYBALT falls


Destiny and Fate

Fate is a huge part of Romeo and Juliet's relationship. They can simply not being together because of their families. Juliet was set to marry Tybalt and that's how it would be.

LADY CAPULET
Here comes your father; tell him so yourself,
And see how he will take it at your hands.
Enter CAPULET and Nurse
CAPULET
When the sun sets, the air doth drizzle dew;
But for the sunset of my brother's son
It rains downright.
How now! a conduit, girl? what, still in tears?
Evermore showering? In one little body
Thou counterfeit'st a bark, a sea, a wind;
For still thy eyes, which I may call the sea,
Do ebb and flow with tears; the bark thy body is,
Sailing in this salt flood; the winds, thy sighs;
Who, raging with thy tears, and they with them,
Without a sudden calm, will overset
Thy tempest-tossed body. How now, wife!
Have you deliver'd to her our decree?
LADY CAPULET
Ay, sir; but she will none, she gives you thanks.
I would the fool were married to her grave!
CAPULET
Soft! take me with you, take me with you, wife.
How! will she none? doth she not give us thanks?
Is she not proud? doth she not count her blest,
Unworthy as she is, that we have wrought
So worthy a gentleman to be her bridegroom?
JULIET
Not proud, you have; but thankful, that you have:
Proud can I never be of what I hate;
But thankful even for hate, that is meant love.