How do rational decisions fit into Romeo and Juliet?  

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Many of the decisions in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet are made out of passion or in fits of rage: servants of the Montagues and Capulets brawl in the street over insulting gestures; Romeo and Juliet impetuously fall madly in love despite knowing their families are mortal enemies; Mercutio challenges Tybalt to a fight when Romeo backs down; Lord Capulet viciously berates his daughter when she asks him to postpone her marriage to Paris; Romeo vows suicide after a message from his servant and goes out of control, killing first Paris and then himself.

Rational decisions are few and far between, but three instances of clear thinking are evident. First, in Act I, Lord Capulet's suggestion that Paris win Juliet's heart...

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