Impulsiveness In Romeo And Juliet Essay

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Impulsiveness. As defined by Webster’s Dictionary, to be impulsive is to act or do something without forethought. In our society today, we see reckless teenagers and ignorant adults being impulsive, causing their lives to fall apart by making the wrong decisions. In the play Romeo and Juliet, we see how our main character, Romeo, has the tragic flaw of impulsiveness and ultimately causes the final tragedy of the play. His decisions guide him down a heedless path and we see how it affects the other characters in the book as well. Because of Romeo’s impulsiveness, we see how impulsiveness affects his future, what it does to his family and his lover, Juliet, and finally revealing the final tragedy of the play. Romeo’s impulsiveness reveals how his love story ended up as a tragedy. He always acts without forethought, like when he first met Juliet in Act 1, Scene 5. All Romeo cared about was how he wanted to be with Juliet the rest of his life, and ignored the fact that conflicts may occur because she’s a Capulet. When Romeo first met Juliet, he kissed her, which was a very impulsive idea…show more content…
Suddenly, in Act 2 Scene 3, Romeo declares that he wants to marry Juliet. He didn’t know why he wanted to marry so suddenly, and didn’t even have a plan for their “secret” marriage. Romeo was too impetuous and could have risked their marriage if the public didn’t accept it. Next, Romeo went to fight Tybalt after what he saw happen to Mercutio. Since Romeo didn’t think about his actions, he accidentally killed Tybalt. Now, his future is in debt because he killed Juliet’s cousin and made the relationship with the Capulets worse. Lastly, when Romeo first hears of Juliet’s death, he impetuously went and killed himself. If he had thought about his actions and stayed calm for a little longer, he would’ve received the letter Friar Lawrence, telling him about the situation. For not thinking about his decisions, Romeo’s life has now fallen
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