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The Destructive Force of Anger

Anger is not an emotion we cannot contain or control. It is what fuels the most devious plots in our human society: the bombing of the twin towers, the massacre of World War II, or the shot of a bullet through another man's chest. All these actions are caused by anger. Why do people perform these actions? Under normal circumstances, no one in their right mind would want to injure another being. Anger changes us. It tempers with our brain, and brings out the monster a man can be. Anger is the most destructive quality a man can possess.

In the brilliant play of Romeo and Juliet, we experience an example of extreme anger. In Act 3 Scene 1, Tybalt killed Romeo's good friend Mercutio. At seeing this death, Romeo thunders: "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".

From this speech, we can interpret that Romeo experienced the destructive menace that anger can create. It controlled him, manipulated him, and turned him into killing Tybalt. Romeo did not think of the consequences, or of the feelings of remorse that would come later on, only the desire of piercing his sword through Tybalt's chest.

So why does anger fuel Romeo to conduct this violent act? Words from "A Poison Tree" by William Blake seem fitting. "I was anger with my friend: I told my wrath, my wrath did end". This conveys that anger quickly builds up, eating away at a man's soul. "I was angry with my foe: I told it not, my wrath did grow" Unless the emotions are expressed, or let go, the man will be driven insane. This is...