Impulsive Decisions In Romeo And Juliet

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Acting quickly when making critical decisions without thinking logically can have severe consequences in all acts of life. In Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet, there are several times throughout the play when a character lets their emotions get the best of them. Almost every time someone makes the decision to act on impulse, it causes a chain reaction that gets worse as the play goes on. Throughout Romeo and Juliet, the characters don’t give themselves enough time to think about their actions, and their impulsive actions lead to Romeo and Juliet’s marriage, fights between the families, and the deaths of the two lovers. Romeo and Juliet’s impulsive actions led them to meet each other and eventually marry. At first, Romeo went to a dance to see Rosaline, a girl he had a crush on for a long time. His…show more content…
Right away in the play there is a fight between the families that started from pretty much nothing but blew up into a fight. That fight had the consequence of the prince threatening to sentence whoever started the fight to death. That threat only stayed in the families’ minds for a short time. Mercutio and Tybalt had an argument that grew from a verbal fight to a full blown sword fight when Mercutio said, “Come, sir, your passado.”(III.i.82) Romeo made an attempt to stop this fight, but failed when Tybalt reached under Romeo’s arm and mortally wounded Mercutio. Romeo tried to save Mercutio, but when Mercutio died, a bomb went off in Romeo’s head and he wanted to kill Tybalt. He said to him, “Either thou or I must go with him”(III.i.127) Romeo then fought Tybalt with an uncontrollable rage that ultimately led to Tybalt’s death under Romeo’s hand. This wasn’t the last time this happens in the book, but this was likely the greatest example of emotions taking control of a person’s actions. The consequences of this time was death, the most irreversible of
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