William Shakespeare 's Romeo And Juliet

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Often in life, people are told to think twice before they do something, as hasty decisions could have terrible repercussions. This advice is forgotten by Romeo Montague, one of the main characters in William Shakespeare’s play, Romeo and Juliet. Many times throughout the play, Romeo acts impulsively and irrationally, without thinking of the consequences of his actions. His irresponsibility and hasty decisions result in several unfortunate situations. It is obvious to the reader that much of the misfortune in the play is a result of his over dramatic personality. Many undesirable situations occur due to his incapability to listen to his conscience, the influence his emotions have on his decision making and his stubborn refusal to listen to people’s advice. Firstly, Romeo repeatedly ignores his conscience, and does things that he knows he should not do. For example, Romeo goes to the Capulet ball, regardless of the fact that he knows he should not have gone. He completely ignores his inner voice, telling him there will be dire consequences if he attends the ball. He speaks of his worries to Benvolio and Mercutio shortly before they attend the masquerade. “I fear too early, for my mind misgives Some consequence yet hanging in the stars Shall bitterly begin his fearful date With this night’s revels, and expire the term Of a despisèd life closed in my breast By some vile forfeit of untimely death.” (Shakespeare, 1, 4, 109-113) Romeo explains to his friends that he feels the night will end badly if he goes to the Capulet’s ball. He even says that he thinks the party will result in his death. Despite all of these worries, Romeo still goes to the ball, thus ignoring his instincts. This decision causes much of the misfortune in th... ... middle of paper ... ...it slow with Juliet, they could have had a chance with her. Still, Romeo did not listen to the friar, he rushed into it with Juliet, causing much of the misfortune in the play. Romeo and Juliet’s fast tracked relationship caused several deaths, including their own. In conclusion, Romeo’s personality is the main reason behind the unfortunate events that transpire throughout the play. His incapability to follow his instincts, the impact his emotions have on his decisions and his stubborn refusal to listen to people’s advice cause all of the misfortune in the play. It is clear that many deaths or other hardships could have been avoided had he not made such impulsive decisions. Although there are many life lessons that can be learned from Shakespeare’s famous novel, the biggest one would be to think before you act, as bad decisions can have very negative consequences.
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