Romeo And Juliet Rashness Analysis

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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow warns “decide not rashly. The decision made can never be recalled.” Young people are more likely to act in haste than are older, more mature people.In The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare, Tybalt and Romeo display the quality of rashness when making decisions. The rashness of Tybalt and Romeo cause the deaths of Romeo, Juliet and Tybalt, as they don’t consider the consequences of their actions. Instead, they allow their emotions, rather than logic, to determine their actions.
Tybalt’s rashness is apparent when his emotions of hatred for the Montagues outbursts lead him to irrational conclusions and violent actions, both of which contribute to the tragedy. When Tybalt notices Romeo at the Capulet’s …show more content…

For example, Romeo intrudes into Capulet’s party while being aware of the fact that he, a Montague, would probably be killed or harmed if he were discovered. Furthermore, soon after Romeo meets Juliet at the party, he visits and swears his love towards her, but she believes their relationship “is too rash, too unadvised, too sudden” (II.ii.125) for them to stay in a relationship. Although Romeo and Juliet have known each other for only a few hours, Romeo is determined to take Juliet as his wife, despite of the later consequences. Romeo is not thinking about the feud between Capulet and Montague, but rather satisfying his desire. When Romeo seeks for Friar Lawrence’s help, in terms of the marriage with Juliet, Friar Lawrence warns Romeo that he is moving too fast and claims, “A young men’s love then lies/Not truly in their hearts, but in their eyes” (II.iii.71-72). Romeo bases his love based on the appearance of a person, instead of one’s inner characteristics. Also, he falls in and out of love easily. When Romeo receives a message about Juliet’s death, he immediately buys poison to kill himself. In addition, he doesn’t ponder the reason for Juliet’s death, but acts emotionally by drinking the poison, which leads to the tragedy. Therefore, Romeo’s rashness is a tragic character flaw, which leads to his death, as he doesn't care about

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