English 1 Period 1
22 November 2013
Impulsiveness Ends Lives
Have you ever been impulsive and then regretted it? Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare, contains many such tragedies. It is about sworn two enemies who fall in love but cannot be together, and in the course of their love story many of their friends also die. Mercutio is a friend of Romeo, the male protagonist, and Tybalt is the cousin of Juliet, the female protagonist. The County Paris is a relative of the Prince, who rules their town, and the person Juliet is supposed to marry. These three characters all have something in common; they are all killed in swordfights that resulted from the impulsive decisions of themselves or another person.
Mercutio’s impulsive decision to start a fight with Tybalt leads to his death, because his desire for revenge keeps him from considering Tybal's skills as a swordsman and that the fact that he could be killed. Romeo tries to stop him from fighting Tybalt, but Mercutio is so set on fighting that he doesn’t think of the consequences of his actions. On a very hot day, Tybalt finds Mercutio and Romeo, insults are exchanged and Mercutio is greatly angered by Tybalt. He tries to fight Tybalt and ignores Romeo’s pleadings for him not to stop. “’Good king of cats, nothing but one of your nine lives. That I mean to make bold withal, and as you shall use me hereafter, dry-beaten the rest of the eight’… ‘Gentle Mercutio, put thy rapier up.’ ‘Come, sir, your passado’ [they fight]” (3.4.80-88). Mercutio's rash decision to enter into a fight to simply to avenge some perceived insult lead to his death.
Romeo’s impulsive decision to avenge Mercutio’s death leads to Tybalt’s death, because
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