How Do People Make Thoughtless Decisions In Romeo And Juliet

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People make thoughtless decisions when they are overcome by emotion and the outcome of their decisions are unlikely to end well. This is a recurring issue in the play The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet. The first poor decision made in the play is when Romeo is weeping over not being able to marry Rosaline, the love of his life. In an attempt to lift Romeo’s depressing mood, Benvolio creates a plan where he and Romeo will join the Capulet’s party so that Romeo’s eyes will be open and he will see how many other amazing girls are in Verona. During Act l Scene 4 when they arrive at the Capulet’s party, Romeo sees a girl, Juliet, and states “Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight! / For I ne'er saw true beauty till this night.” Romeo is revealing that he doesn’t remember loving anyone before that moment, and that he had never seen true beauty until that…show more content…
He was so distraught by Juliet’s death that he went to Verona even though he was banished from the city. To show how emotionally distraught Romeo was, Balthasar mentions in the play, “I do beseech you, sir, have patience. / Your looks are pale and wild, and do import / Some misadventure adventure.” Basically, he says that Romeo should have patience, for he looked sick and he was afraid he was going to hurt himself. Romeo ignores the advice, continues to be hysterical and chooses to go to Verona to see Juliet after he had been banished. Finally, the most senseless decision made in the play was when Romeo is in the chamber with Juliet, who was unconscious, and he drinks the poison from the apothecary. This choice was irrational because in the play Romeo presents to the readers, “Beauty’s ensign yet / Is crimson in thy lips and in thy cheeks, / And death’s pale flag is not advanced there.” He states that there is still red in her lips and in her cheeks, for being dead has not made her
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