Romeo and Juliet
Romeo's Impulsiveness in Romeo and Juliet 11th Grade
In Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet are doomed from the start, and the audience is aware of this from the prologue. “From forth the fatal loins of these two foes a pair of star-crossed lovers take their life.” Romeo has an impulsive disposition that guides his actions throughout the play and eventually leads to him take his own life.
Romeo shows impulsiveness in several instances in Romeo and Juliet, for example when he sees Juliet for the first time at the Capulet party. As soon as he sees Juliet, he pleads, “Did my heart love till now? Forswear it sight! / For I ne’er saw true beauty till this night.” (I.V. 50-51) Romeo says all of this almost immediately after swearing that Rosaline is the most beautiful girl he’d ever seen and that Rosaline was his one and only true love. If he wouldn’t have ever been drawn in my Juliet’s beauty, he would’ve never been through everything that happens in the play. Also, when Romeo jumps the Capulet’s fence, Juliet demands that Romeo leave before her parents find him. He says to her, “With love’s light wings did I o’perch these walls/ for stony limits cannot hold love...
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