Haste Decisions In William Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet

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Romeo and Juliet is a powerful example that those who act in haste make decisions which lead to the downfall of others, as well as themselves. At some point or another, nearly every character in the play has displayed this theme. The characters that have expressed this attribute most effectively are likely Tybalt, Romeo, and Juliet. Tybalt was one of the first to make the mistake of not thinking of the consequences of his actions, and the others followed his lead.

Tybalt is both a victim and a culprit of the characters of Romeo and Juliet acting in haste. When Romeo and some other Montagues invited themselves without permission to the Capulet’s party, and Tybalt figured out who was under the mask, he overreacted. He decided immediately that
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His first mistake was agreeing to go to the party with his family. He did not want to go originally, and would rather mope about his love Rosaline. If he had stood up for himself around his friends and told them that he would not go, none of the tragic endings would have happened. Later on, Romeo let his desire for revenge get the better of him and killed Tybalt, despite him saying earlier “And so, good Capulet-which name I tender As dearly as my own-be satisfied.”(3,1,65). If he had taken more time to think about his actions beforehand, such as realizing that Mercutio’s death was an accident, perhaps he never would have killed Tybalt. Earlier, it seemed to be Tybalt’s fault for Romeo and Juliet’s death because he challenged Romeo to a duel, but Romeo later sealed his fate by killing Tybalt in revenge. Who is more guilty of acting in haste? This mistake later led to him being banished from Verona, away from Juliet. After he had been forced to leave, Friar Lawrence and Juliet concocted a plan for the young lovers to be together. The plan failed, and Romeo truly believed that Juliet was dead. He lasted less than a minute before making up his mind and killing himself to be with her. “Thou detestable maw, thou womb of death, / Gorged with the dearest morsel of the earth, / Thus I enforce thy rotten jaws to open, / And in despite I’ll cram thee with more food!” …show more content…
Later on, she went with Friar Lawrence 's flawed plan. Unlike some decisions that Romeo made, she did spend some time thinking of how it could fail. She didn 't think of exactly what went wrong, but she did consider the possibility that the potion wouldn 't work. To solve that problem, she thought she could actually kill herself instead of faking it. That would have also been a mistake. The play would have ended exactly the same, with both lovers dead. Her curse was her stupidity. She let her love cloud her mind, made her unable to make clear decisions. Before she met Romeo, she plainly said, “It is an honor that I dream not of.” (1,3,65) Meaning that she had never wanted to get married at such a young age, that she had no desire for it. Almost immediately after she met Romeo in the balcony scene, she decided that of course she wanted to get married, and why was she so foolish to think otherwise? “If that thy bent of love be honorable, / Thy purpose marriage, send me word tomorrow” (2,2,145). Where Romeo’s first mistake was made with a head clouded by rage, all of Juliet’s decisions were clouded by love, and caused them all to

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