Romeo and Juliet

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"Romeo and Juliet" is a timeless tale of two lovers that bring misfortune on themselves due to their inexperience and immaturity. Baz Lurhmann portrays this in his visual text using lighting effects, costumes, and camera angles.

Juliet is shown to be immature in an opening scene where Juliet's father says, 'My child is yet a stranger to the world, she has not seen the charge of fourteen years.' It is also shown in how Juliet agrees to marry Romeo when she has only known him for a day. Then after she has married Romeo the Nurse tells her how her father has arranged for her to marry County Paris. In her anger she goes to the Friar thinking that suicide is the only answer to the situation. She says, "If in thy wisdom thou canst give no help, do thou but call my resolution wise, and with this knife I'll help it presently.

. . 'Twixt my extremes and me this bloody knife shall play umpire..."

Romeo is also shown to be immature and an inexperienced lover when he instantly falls in love with Juliet. His immaturity is shown when Tybalt killed Mercutio. In his blind rage he killed Tybalt for revenge, not thinking of the consequences that would further ruin his relationship with Juliet.

Romeo and Juliet's decisions to kill themselves in the end were caused by misunderstanding and being naive. When Romeo came to Juliet's tomb he assumed her dead and thought the only option then was to kill himself. Since he was impatient, Juliet only waking up from the potion minutes later, this resulted in Juliet dying as well. However when Juliet woke she had the option which Romeo had not, to continue and live normally.

Romeo and Juliet's immaturity shows how jumping into...