Impulsiveness In Romeo And Juliet

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In the Shakespearean play, Romeo and Juliet, the male protagonist, Romeo, has a distinct personality. Romeo is impulsive as he often gets over past experiences quickly after acquiring a newfound opportunity. He also is mentally sharp and in certain occasions, Romeo connives to beat others through his intellect. Despite many of his other traits, Romeo possesses the contrasting quality of being courteous and polite. Each of Romeo’s characteristics plays a fundamental part in advancing the plot of the tragedy. In spite of the stereotypes associated with Romeo’s family name of Montague, Romeo is an intelligent and kind-hearted young man, who at times, is also impulsive. Although Romeo’s impulsiveness is not always desirable, he instantly seizes …show more content…
According to Friar Lawrence, “These violent delights have violent ends and in their triumph die, like fire and power, which, as they kiss, consume. The sweetest honey is loathsome in his own deliciousness and in the taste confounds the appetite. Therefore love moderately. Long love doth so. Too swift arrives as tardy as too slow” (2.6.9-15). Friar Lawrence advises Romeo and Juliet to not rush their love for each other and proceed slowly with their relationship. He is suggesting that if they continue to love without moderation, their marriage will collapse, and their love will come to an abrupt end. Romeo had previously been in love with Rosaline, and after she had rejected his proposal, within a couple of days, Romeo had fallen in love with Juliet. Even though the families of Romeo and Juliet are arch enemies, Romeo and Juliet are impulsive and still attempt to get married. Also, after Tybalt kills the Montague kinsman, Mercutio, Romeo becomes livid …show more content…
When Mercutio challenges Romeo to a battle of wits, Romeo counters Mercutio’s points effectively. Mercutio, himself, says, “Nay, if our wits run the wild-goose chase, I am done, for thou hast more of the wild-goose in one of thy wits than, I am sure, I have in my whole five. Was I with you there for the goose?” (2.4.73-76). In this quote, Mercutio tells Romeo that their banter is becoming silly. In addition, he also connotes that he will be unable to keep up as Romeo is “crazier” than he is. In this manner, Mercutio is mockingly praising Romeo for his intellect and is admitting that he cannot eclipse Romeo’s intelligence. Furthermore, Romeo also uses his shrewdness in order to woo others. For example, in an attempt to cajole Juliet to kiss him, “If I profane with my unworthiest hand this holy shrine, the gentle sin is this: My lips, two blushing pilgrims, ready stand to smooth that rough touch with a tender kiss” (1.5.104-107). Romeo tells Juliet that if she was a holy shrine, his touch would be unholy, and he would have to kiss her in order to rectify her sin. Romeo’s witty approach enraptures Juliet and causes her to become attracted to him. Although Juliet has already been charmed by him, Romeo’s intrepid flirting further entices

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