Recklessness In Romeo And Juliet

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There are so many situations where people act without thought. And those instances normally end up backfiring or hurting someone else. You can often find this recklessness in the play Romeo & Juliet, written by Shakespeare. In the story, Romeo and Juliet are madly in love with each other. They will go to any extent to prove it to others and each other. When they were under pressure from Juliet’s father, Lord Capulet, they didn’t think their actions through. Romeo, Juliet, and even Capulet all make impetuous mistakes that end up affecting another. Capulet is a very controlling father and after he sees Juliet in pain he compulsively thinks that if he sets Paris and Juliet up in a marriage, then Juliet will be happy. Capulet doesn’t even consult Juliet because he thinks he knows what she wants, but in reality he doesn't know anything. Automatically after getting the idea, Capulet decides that they will marry, thinking Juliet with just comply. “I think she will be ruled in all respects by me. Nay, more, I doubt it not” (3.4.21-22). And …show more content…

Immediately after hearing of Juliet’s death he doesn’t know what to do other than run off to buy poison from the Apothecary “Come hither, man. I see that thou art poor... Let me have a dram of poison” (5.1.60-62). Romeo doesn't care to question how Juliet died or how she didn't even tell him prior, Romeo goes to a huge extent to prove that he will do anything for his love, even though it’s extremely reckless. Even though it’s illegal for the Apothecary to provide Romeo with poison, he does it anyways “Then be not poor, but break it (the law), and take this” (5.1.76). And as a sign that he shouldn’t kill himself, Juliet starts looking alive, but Romeo ignores it because nothing can redirect his original plan and ends up drinking the poison “Death, that hath sucked the honey of thy breath, Hath had no power yet upon thy beauty”

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