Act 3 Case Study

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Act 3 Case Study

Act 3 Case Study Diagnoses

Romeo showcases many symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder in this Act. For instance, when Mercutio and Tybalt first engage in a brawl of combat, he remains calm and collected, not resorting to any action of his own. He demonstrates his wisdom by telling them not to fight in a public area, in order not to attract any attention in the middle of the day, as we know that daytime is related to violence. However, his impulsive side is shown whenever his dear friend is at risk. When Tybalt is about to go in for the vicious strike on Mercutio, Romeo jumps in the middle. Additionally, after Mercutio's death, Romeo does not display his former, soft-spoken attitude. Instead, he challenges Tybalt to a duel himself, an action that can only be reprimanded by death. This is when his reckless disposition is exemplified, because he is willing to go to extremes. Moreover, Romeo is willing to kill himself for Juliet's sake to ease her mental unease, an action that only someone with a serious case of Borderline Personality Disorder would commit.

Romeo

Tybalt

Tybalt seems to be suffering from a case of Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder because he, at multiple points of the scene, initiates angry, vicious outbursts of rage when he does not get his point accross, or doesn't see the opposing side view it as effective.The deficiency of attention kicks in when he refuses to acknowledge Romeo's stance on the situation before the brawl commences against Mercutio, and just decides to attack him head on, regardless of what the outcome may be. This is considered as way beyond just reckless. He also disregards the prohibition of duels that could lead to the penalty of deaath and puts his own pride in front of him, reflecting his complusivity and hyperactivity.

Juliet

It is quite apparent that Juliet suffers from a prevalent case of Bipolar Disorder. When she is notified of the news by the Nurse that Romeo has killed her cousin Tybalt, she falls into a depraved state of sorrow and frustration. She dishes out various insults towards Romeo, such as, "O serpent heart hid with a flow'ring face! Did ever dragon keep so fair a cave?" (3.2.79-80) Moreover, when the Nurse tells her that all men are fickle, cruel beings, she once again modifies her position on the stance and explains her regret of insulting Romeo and says what she did was downright abysmal, and unladylike. This definitely enhances the perception of Juliet's Bipolar Disorder because only people plighted with the condition can alter views with such mindless pace.

It is quite obvious that Mercutio suffers from a case of Narcissistic Personality Disorder. Mercutio revolves around himself, and that is what matters in his eyes. He defintiely self-promotes himself and always tries to make himself appear in the spotlight. He exaggerates his actions to make himself sound sweet in the ears of others. This can be proven as plausible in the Act when he utters, "Thy head is as full of quarrels as/ An egg is full of meat, and yet thy head hath been beaten as addle as an egg for quarreling" (3.1.21.25). The hypocrisy of this scenario is shown when he tells Benvolio to cease the fights, yet he engages in a duel with Tybalt, further enhancing his suffering of Narcissistic Personality Disorder.

MERCUTIO


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