Examples Of Impulsive Decisions In Romeo And Juliet

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Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is about how a feud between two wealthy families is the cause of many problems, but mainly the tragic deaths of the star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet. Throughout this play, many impulsive decisions are made both by the main protagonists and by some side characters. But, the three most impulsive characters are Friar Lawrence, Romeo, and Juliet. By examining these three characters from the play, Friar Lawrence, Romeo, and Juliet, it is evident that these characters acted impulsively, causing suffering for themselves and others. Friar Lawrence is someone you would not think would be impulsive, but he very much was in his decision to marry Romeo and Juliet. While deciding whether to do the deed, Friar Lawrence weighs all the pros and cons of the marriage. He comes out with only one pro and many more cons but still decides to marry the star-crossed lovers. While talking to Romeo about the wedding, Friar Lawrence says, “In one respect I’ll thy assistant be, for this alliance may so happy prove to turn your households’ rancor to pure love.” (2.3.90-92). For some …show more content…

But, although he makes many rash choices, there is one action that stands above all others; the decision to kill himself in Juliet’s name. Romeo did not even bother to think about the fact that Juliet might still be alive. He even noticed that she was still beautiful and that there was still colour in her skin. When Romeo was in Juliet’s tomb with her so-called dead body, he said, “Death, that hath sicked the honey out of thy breath, hath no power yet upon thy beauty. Thou art not conquered. Beauty’s ensign yet is crimson in thy lips and in thy cheeks and death’s pale flag is not advanced there.” (5.3.92-96) Even though Romeo noticed these things he proceeded to drink the poison and kill himself. This point proves Romeo acted impulsively and did not think about his actions all the way

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