Impulsive Decisions in 'Romeo and Juliet': An Analysis

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Throughout the Acts of The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, we notice impulsive decisions. Both Romeo and Juliet claimed they were madly in love. Many scenes in Romeo and Juliet include impulsive decisions as a way to have conflict. The conflict in Romeo And Juliet is constructed with dramatic Irony, which is used throughout the play. Romeo and Juliet love new experiences, teenage brain influences her impulsive behavior. During the second scene of Act II, Romeo and Juliet impulsively decided to get married, less than twenty four hours after meeting each other. In scene II, Romeo asks Friar Lawrence, “but this I pray, That thou consent to marry us today” (Shakespeare 410). What Romeo is requesting, is that Friar Lawrence is marrying him and Juliet that same day, having only met Juliet the night…show more content…
Although we know what actually happened to Juliet, Shakespeare decided to use dramatic irony as a way to build tension for the audience. In scene I, Romeo asked the apothecary, “Come hither, man. I see that thou art poor. Hold, there is forty ducats. Let me have a dram of poison, such soon-speeding gear” (Shakespeare 469). What Romeo is requesting, is that apothecary bring him a flask of poison. According to Adriana Galvan, speaker of Insight Into The Teenage Brain, she explains how the teenage brain can develop in many ways. Adrianna states “Your experiences and the people you are affiliated with, shape the way your brain ultimately develops” (Galvan). The era that Romeo and Juliet were born into, explains how their brains were developed. Since the adolescent brain enhances every emotion, Romeo and Juliet felt as if it was life or death. Without a fully developed prefrontal cortex, Romeo and Juliet’s brain developed in their era of time, we will never fully understand the powerful emotion they went through to kill
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