Would people in the same situation as Romeo and Juliet do what they did in this lifetime?At the end, when they killed themselves would two teenagers do what they did

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ask996 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

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Today's teenagers are no different than any other generation with regard to love and/or infatuation. Consider this: just prior to meeting Juliet, Romeo was infatuated or in lust with Rosaline. Remember that the friar mocked Romeo at how quickly his devotions changed, and yet Romeo couldn't live without Juliet. No doubt if Romeo had not killed himself out of "love" for Juliet, he would have flittered on to another flower.

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I think that teenagers today are still prone to very strong feelings of emotion that come on quickly, like Romeo and Juliet were.  I think "kids today" are also very likely to go against their parents' wishes and maintain a secret relationship.  I doubt they would get married, since that is illegal for 14-year-olds without parental consent. I think they would probably just try to run away together rather than commit suicide, but I do think suicide is possible.  Lots of teens today make suicide pacts or choose suicide as a way out of problems.  As sad as it is, it is also true.  When you're fourteen, and you're in love, sometimes nothing seems nearly as important as that love.  Teenagers talk about the "drama" of growing up; Shakespeare foretold some of  that drama in his play. 

As for the other characters, all you have to do is turn on the news to see that feuds between gangs happen every day, much like the street brawls between the Montagues and the Capulets.

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I believe that teenagers today could feel as though there is nothing they could do in this situation but commit suicide, though I think the circumstances would, of course, have been different. For one, I believe that a Romeo and Juliet in this century would have run away from home if their parents forbid them from being with one another.  The frightening thing is that I believe some teenagers nowadays would react violently to their parents as opposed to themselves. The Romeo and Juliet of this century would not have as much respect for their family.

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tpisano | Middle School Teacher | (Level 2) Assistant Educator

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Yes, I do believe that two teenagers may do the same thing if faced with similar circumstances.  In fact, there was a "Romeo and Juliet" story in the news a few years back.

 

Teenage love can be a powerful emotion and a lack of true maturity may increase the possiblity of acting in haste. Teenagers do not always think about the consequences of thier actions and often see things as "the end of their lives". 

 

Therefore, yes, it is possible that two teenagers would act this way. Is it very likely? Well, I certainly hope not.  I think most choose other options. For example, a friend of mine is in an interracial relationship. Her parents did not approve and didn't speak to her for a number of years. Now, they are a tight knit family once again. Her parents were able to put their own views aside for the happiness of their daughter and her husband.  I think that this situation is more closely related to how people act today.

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pmiranda2857 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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I don't think that this type of behavior would occur today.  In our society, teenagers simply run away and disregard the conventions and traditions of their parents.  Romeo and Juliet were forbidden from being together because of a long standing feud between the families.

I think that today, the two of them would simply disappear without any thought of consequences to their families.  Kids are impulsive and do act without thinking, clearly part of the problem with Romeo and Juliet.  

But I also feel that Romeo and Juliet suffered from a lack of communication, something that would not happen today.  Not with texting, cell phones and IM's.  Kids are in constant touch with each other, so the communication gap for Romeo and Juliet would not exist today.

 

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beagle9700 | Student | (Level 2) eNoter

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Some people have deep enough love to kill themselves if they think their spouse is dead. Some people are just sorry and find a new spouse. Death because of love really dosen't depend on the time period. It depends on how deep your love is. And sometimes teenage love is subjective and has two paths. Death and life. Sometimes a teenager has a one track mind for their spouse. It could be death, or it could be love. It depends on the person and their personality.

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Some people have deep enough love to kill themselves if they think their spouse is dead. Some people are just sorry and find a new spouse. Death because of love

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