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Impetuosity means acting without thinking about the consequences. A few of the characters in the play 'Romeo and Juliet' demonstrate

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Impetuosity Essay Impetuosity is a tragic flaw that affects characters and their actions. This flaw within a character will ultimately cause the death of the protagonist. Write an essay in which hasty decisions or actions result in the final tragedy of the play. Definition Impetuosity means acting without thinking about the consequences. A few of the characters in the play 'Romeo and Juliet' demonstrate this characteristic through the things they do and say. The most prominent characters that show this trait are Romeo, Juliet, Lord Capulet, and Friar Lawrence. Romeo The essay shall start by talking about Romeo. As soon as Romeo meets Juliet, he doses something impetuous. He instantly falls in love with her, without thinking about what loving Juliet could mean for him, 'If I profane with my unworthiest hand, this Holy Shrine...'. They have one conversation with each other, and they believe they are meant to be together. Another impetuous decision by Romeo was his decision to marry Juliet. He has known her for barely a day, and decides that he loves Juliet enough to marry her. He also does not consider the risk, as Capulet hasn't authorised the giving away of his daughter, especially to a Montague, and would surely send someone to threaten him, probably Tybalt. A further impetuous thought of Romeo is that he believes it would be better to die rather than be parted from Juliet, 'Ha banishment? ...read more.


They only had one conversation, which was enough for them to fall in love, and die for each other. Again, Juliet's decision to marry Romeo is equal to Romeo's, as they had only known each other a few days, which nowadays, is considered much too early to consider marriage, 'If that thy bent of love be honourable, thy purpose marriage, send me word tomorrow'. However, for that time, it would be completely normal for marriage to be declared that soon. So, it might seem impetuous to us, but perfectly fine to them. Juliet's death however, is not quite as impetuous as Romeo's. Romeo killed himself for Juliet, so she obviously believed she had to do the same. Romeo had no idea whether or not Juliet would kill herself for him, but he decided to do it anyway. It could be said that Romeo jumped in headfirst, whereas Juliet had proof that Romeo would die for her, because he was lying dead next to her. Juliet's reaction to her learning that she was to be married was quite impetuous, 'I will not marry yet, and when I do, I swear it shall be Romeo, whom you know I hate, rather than Paris'. She loses her temper and argues back with Lord Capulet, which wasn't such a wise decision, because whatever Capulet says, goes, and now her parents are angry with her. ...read more.


He wasn't thinking about what was best for the two of them, he was only thinking about what a great opportunity this was to stop the ongoing dispute between the Montagues and the Capulets, as they would be now joined together through the marriage. This was an impulsive act as it leads to their untimely death. Sending Friar John with the letter to Romeo instead of Balthasar was a very impetuous decision made by Friar Lawrence. He felt that Friar John was just available, although we don't know where Balthasar was at the time. Lawrence wasn't thinking about who would be able to find Romeo in his exiled state faster. Friar Lawrence should have tried a lot harder to get Juliet out of the tomb as she woke up, and it was very impetuous of him not to do so. However, the Friar had just been horribly shocked by the death of Romeo, and I'm sure that, had he taken Juliet out of the tomb, Lawrence would have informed her of Romeo's death. Therefore, she would have demanded to see him, and probably would have committed suicide anyway. Conclusion To conclude, because of the actions of Romeo, Juliet, Lord Capulet, and Friar Lawrence, Romeo and Juliet ended up tragically committing suicide because they could not be together. They all contributed, one way or another, to the untimely demise of two young people in love. However, we cannot place the blame on just these four characters, there were other people involved, but these are the most important characters, and they contributed the most. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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