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Mariana PinaMs.Alba English1/11/2018Romeo & JulietRomeo and Juliet is not about a love struggle it portrays a religious dilemma that had a tragic ending caused by sinful character and weak mentality.  Their actions were the cause for their misfortune, yet they decided to blame it on the stars/ the heavens. Their mistakes were acting like they could do nothing to solve their problems, having the wrong mentality, having a sinful/flawed character, and choosing bad instead of good.The self-fulfilling prophecy is “any positive or negative expectation about circumstances, events, or people that may affect a person’s behavior toward them in a manner that causes those expectations to be fulfilled.”(1) When they found out that they were from disputing houses (Montagues & Capulets) they acquired a negative mentality toward their situation and expressed their indifference to death, for example when Romeo said  “My life were better ended by their hate/ Than death prorogued, wanting thy love.” (Act 2 Scene 2 pg.47) He says that he would rather die than live wanting her love. “Ha,Banishment? Be merciful, say death; For exile hath more terror in his look” (Act 3 Scene 3 pg.90) Romeo is saying that he’d rather die than be exiled, this helps us understand how meaningless death was in his eyes.From the start of the play Romeo has been desperate and shallow. He falls for looks and calls it love. Friar Laurence noticed this, “Is Rosaline, that thou didst love so dear, So soon forsaken? Young men’s love then, lies not truly in their hearts but in their eyes.” (Act 2 Scene 3 pg.55) He acted the same way with Juliet, the only difference is that Juliet fell for him too. Romeo is also very unrealistic, he exaggerates his emotions and says things that are way out of proportion, “Not mad, but bound more than a madman is;/ shut up in prison, kept without my food” (Act 1 Scene 2 pg.20) His background with Rosaline breaks his credentiality, we know that he only focuses on what his eyes can see and let’s his feelings control him. Juliet isn’t any better, she fell head over heels for Romeo from the first time she saw him(she didn’t even know his name). She didn’t question his love for her and trusted him right away. “Go ask his name: if he be married, My grave is like to be my wedding-bed” (Act 1 Scene 5 pg.39) She had just met him and was claiming that if he was not available she would die. She was being vulnerable and innocent. Friar Laurence represents good and evil(God & Devil). He gives them advice that could have made things better for them but he also does things (like marrying them) that makes their situation more complicated. “These violent delights have violent ends, and in their triumph die; like fire and powder” (Act 2 Scene 6 pg.72) Friar knew that even though their love was delightful in the moment it would end terribly, he told this to Romeo but nothing changed. He also warned them about rushing and taking impulsive decisions,  “Wisely and slow. They stumble that run fast”(Act 2 Scene 3 pg.100-101). Romeo and Juliet chose to do wrong repeatedly, they show lust when they had sex a day after they met, we see Romeo’s wrath unravel when he kills Tybalt, “Away to heaven respective lenity,/And fire-ey’d fury be my conduct now!” (Act 3 Scene 1 pg.79). We see greed in Juliet when she doesn’t consider her parents plans for her, she didn’t even give Paris a chance, she just thought about what she wanted, they both commit slothiness because they didn’t take action, Romeo and Juliet didn’t work together to come up with the plan, the only plan they had was thought up by Friar Laurence.Their biggest mistake was acting like everything was out of their hands and giving up from the start,”My husband is on earth, my faith in heaven; How shall that faith return again to earth, Unless that husband send it to me from heaven By leaving earth? “(Act 3 Scene 5 pg.109).They weren’t capable of accepting that it was up to them because doing that would mean that they had other options and their fate wasn’t set in stone and they don’t necessarily have to end up together, but giving up on their “true love” and living without each other is a choice they weren’t willing to take. It’s easier to make mistakes when you don’t have to take the blame for them. When Juliet takes the poison and pretends to be dead Romeo decides to take control and defies the stars (“Is it e’en so? Then I defy you, stars! Thou know’st my lodging. Get me ink and paper And hire post horses. I will hence tonight.” (Act 5, Scene 1, 24-26)) He is not actually taking control, because he’s always had control, he just decides to finally do something about his problems.Romeo and Juliet portrays a religious conflict, it’s not about love it’s about sin. Friar Laurence represents both good and evil, God and devil. Throughout the play the main characters commited many of the seven deadly sins(lust, greed, sloth, and wrath), they ignored righteous advice and chose to take the path that lead to damnation. Sources: