Ferocious idea that being rebellious and violent

Ferocious and threatening personality leads to vengeance and retaliation. This is apparent in the stories of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare which takes place in Verona and To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee which has the setting of Maycomb, Alabama. In both the books, certain people are filled with acrimony which leads to hostility and ill will and ultimately their actions contribute towards their end. Likewise, characters in each plot seek revenge and their hatred causes the harm.

These authors put forth the idea that being rebellious and violent can backfire.This is shown when Romeo, one of the protagonist, kills Tybalt, cousin of Romeo’s love, Juliet, in retribution of his friend, Mercutio’s death and as a result, gets banished. Romeo, full of temper, says to Tybalt “That late thou gravest 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” (Shakespeare 3.

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1, 122-125). This confirms that without thinking about the consequences and blinded by the hankering for revenge, Romeo is eager to kill Tybalt. Though he is successful, he has to pay for this deed by staying away from Juliet which is painful for both of them. This is similar to the situation when Jem, protagonist’s brother, destroys Mrs. Dubose, a neighbor’s camellia bushes in umbrage because she insults Atticus, Jem and protagonist’s father by saying “Your father is no better than niggers and trash he works for!” (Lee 102). For this reason, Jem is overcome by anger and takes a baton and uses it to ruin Mrs. Dubose’s camellia bush.

Jem has to indemnify for his enraged behavior by bearing with Mrs. Dubose every day for a month and reading out loud to her as punishment. By the same token, Tybalt provokes Romeo in anger and is killed. “Romeo, the love I bear thee can afford No better term than this: thou art a villain” (Shakespeare 3.1, 57-58). Tybalt ends up giving his life because of his quarrelsome nature and also in the fire of enmity, malevolence, and animosity towards the Montagues, the opposing family they are in the feud with since a long time ago.

Equivalently, Bob Ewell, regarded as the lowest among the white people in community threatens Atticus and in rage attacks Jem and Scout, the protagonist, which leads to his death. According to the rumors “Atticus was leaving the post office when Mr. Ewell approached him, cursed him, spat on him and threatened to kill him” (Lee 221). Thereupon, in fury, instead of hurting Atticus he attacks Atticus’s children and therefore remunerates by losing his life as his hostile actions consume him.  As can be seen, not thinking twice about what you do or say can lead to unwanted circumstances just like it did for the characters of Romeo, Jem, Tybalt and Bob Ewell’s life.


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