Impulsiveness in Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

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At a young age individuals tend to react impulsively when they lose someone they love, choosing instead to take their own lives to relieve the suffering. Romeo and Juliet is a play about two teens that quickly fall in love. When threatened to be separated forever, the thought of losing each other becomes overwhelming and suicidal thoughts produced there in their minds, ending tragically in both Romeo and Juliet losing their lives. In Romeo and Juliet, playwright William Shakespeare has shown the theme of impulse of young love successfully by using dramatic irony, creative foreshadowing, and situational irony.
The writer uses thoughtful dramatic irony to display the impetuous behavior of the two teens. The play is written to call attention to the way young lovers act and how people must think before they act in response. An example of the cunning dramatic irony is when Juliet first meets Romeo and they do not know the others identity. Before they find out whose family name they belong to they profess their love for one another, later realizing that it may have been a mistake. Although, the entire time, the audience is well aware of whom they both are and what they are doing. Romeo states, “Is she a Capulet? O dear account! My life is my foe’s debt.”(1.5.117-118.). Juliet later says. “My only love sprung from my only hate! Too early seen unknown, and known too late! Prodigious birth of love it is me, that I must love a loathed enemy.”(1.5.137-140.)Another way the play shows the dramatic irony is when Juliet’s family saw that she had died in her sleep. The viewers know that Juliet has consumed a potion from Friar Lawrence that has temporarily put her to sleep to avoid her marriage with the county Paris. In the book Juliet’s fam...

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...ead to a loss of two loved citizens. Shortly after the death of Tybalt and Mercutio another case for situational irony is that Juliet is still in love with Romeo after he had killed her cousin. Juliet states “But wherefore, villain, didst thou kill my cousin? The villain cousin would have kill’d my husband.”

When people are growing up they often feel a loss of a loved one is very serious and think of their death instead of dealing with the pain. This play shows us that Romeo and Juliet should have not been too impulsive with their choices and should have thought more about their decisions. The impulses in Romeo and Juliet were shown by Shakespeare with certain foreshadowing, situational irony and dramatic irony. This shows the audience that young love can take you to places in your mind you never want to cross and you have to be careful in making your decisions.

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