Impulse Control In Romeo And Juliet

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“Impulsive actions lead to trouble, and trouble could have unpleasant consequences” -Stieg Larsson. In the Book Shattering Glass by Gail Giles and the play The The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, teenage characters experience impulse control. Rather, these characters experience the lack of control over their impulse. Impulse is when a person or animal have a sudden urge to do or say something, usually brought on by emotion. Romeo in the play Romeo and Juliet has many moments where he has the impulse to do something and cannot resist the urge to stop. In the book “Shattering Glass” Rob Hayes and Bob have a very extreme moment in which they cannot hold back their impulses. There are many scientific reasons for having this…show more content…
They meet and truly love each other when they first encounter. Romeo and Juliet marry the second day they have known each other. This is a que to how young and nescient Romeo and Juliet are. In the start of the play, Romeo professes his absolute love for Juliet when he does not even know her name. “I take thee at that word. Call me but love, and I'll be new baptized; Henceforth I never will be Romeo” (Shakespeare 2. 2. 55-6). Romeo shows how immediately does something without thinking about what could happen as a result. Another time he does this is when Romeo meets Tybalt, the fiery cousin of Juliet, he finds Mercutio and Tybalt arguing and they start to fight. At first, Romeo is very peaceful and wants to break up the fight. “Gentle Mercutio, put thy rapier up” (Shakespeare 3. 1. 87). After Mercutio is wounded and gets news of his death, Romeo is motivated to fight. “Now, Tybalt, take the “villain”back again…either thou or I, or both, must go with [Mercutio] (Shakespeare 3. 1. 132-7). Romeo immediately tells Tybalt he will fight him and that he himself, Tybalt, or the both of them will die. Romeo completely reverses how he was acting before when he slays Tybalt and this is yet another time Romeo could not control his impulsiveness. Certainly, Romeo can have much worse things happen to him. Romeo later receives news claiming that Juliet is dead. Romeo then decides to change fate. “Then I defy you, stars!” (Shakespeare 5. 1. 25). Romeo means he is going to kill himself. His impulse is to just end his life immediately and don't think about anything but losing Juliet. All of these things add up and show how impulse can affect behavior and choices made by Romeo, or a
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