Impulsive Behavior In Romeo And Juliet

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An example of this impulsive behavior is when Friar Laurence encouraged this wedding without putting any thoughts into the outcomes. Romeo came to him saying he wanted to wed Juliet, a Capulet that he had met only hours ago, and Friar Laurence agreed to marrying them in secret the same day. Not only was this action impulsive, but it was also selfish. He says “So smile the heavens upon this holy act, That after hours with sorrow chide us not!” (II, vi, 1-2). This line shows importance because Friar Laurence basically says that the marriage was okay, despite the fact that the Capulets and the Montagues are feuding families and have been that way for who knows how long. Another thing to consider is that marrying them is rebelling against this …show more content…

It was poorly constructed and caused a lot more trouble than it had to. Friar Laurence said, “And, if thou darest, I’ll give thee remedy” (IV, i, 78) to a young, impressionable girl who clearly makes poor decisions. The fact that he would even suggest faking a death to a 15 year old is insane. The second part of his plan included sending a messenger to Mantua to tell Romeo what was happening--also not a great idea. The plan was “In the mean time, against thou shalt awake, Shall Romeo by my letters know our drift, And hither shall he come: and he and I Will watch thy waking, and that very night” (IV, i, 116-119). If anything, in a situation like this, Friar Laurence should’ve hand delivered the message himself to Romeo. Evidently Friar John was not able to fulfill his only contribution to this plan. Because of this, Romeo unfortunately hears about Juliet from a friend and goes to see her where he then commits suicide.
The last act of Friar Laurence’s impulsiveness is in Act VI. Juliet had woken up and while looking for Romeo only to find him slumped over her tomb with a mouthful of poison. Friar Laurence tried to get to Romeo before he got to Juliet but obviously that didn’t work. One he ended up in her tomb, other people weren’t too far behind. He says, “I hear some noise. Lady, come from that nest … I dare no longer stay.” (VI, iii, 163-171). With Juliet refusing to leave, he left her in the tomb in order to save himself. This selfish, cowardly act gave Juliet the perfect opportunity to off

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