Consequences Of Love In Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet

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Love is a dangerous thing. It can overpower a person’s mind completely, often blinding a person to reason, causing a person to act in irrational ways they normally wouldn’t. In William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, both of the titular characters love for each other causes them to act very impulsively, never thinking about the consequences of their actions. In the play, it is proven time and time again that grave consequences always follow people who act impulsively. This is demonstrated throughout the play when Romeo and Juliet rush to get married, Romeos and Juliet’s deaths, when Romeo killed Tybalt, Romeo and Juliet’s first meeting and Juliet’s plan to fake her death.

Impulsivity was the catalyst of many key events in the play, especially
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Romeo never bothered to try to get to know her. He just decided Juliet was the woman he wanted to marry, even though both he and Juliet knew their marriage would be dangerous because of their families’ rivalry. Romeo and Juliet’s relationship was based completely on impulse. Every choice that they made throughout the play was never fully thought out. It was always in the heat of the moment. And as a result of their impulsive thinking, they suffered a tragic fate.

The final example of impulsivity leading to grave consequences is Juliet’s plan she made with Friar Lawrence to fake her death. This is proven because when she learns that her parents have arranged for her to be married to Paris, she gets angry and is willing to do anything so she won’t have to marry him. So she goes to see Friar Lawrence and plans with him to fake her death. He gives her a potion to make it seem like she’s dead for three days and when she wakes up after it wears off, Romeo will be waiting for her so they can run off together. Hold, then. Go home, be merry. Give consent
To marry Paris. Wednesday is tomorrow.
Tomorrow night look that thou lie alone.
Let not the Nurse lie with thee in thy
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