Detrimental Impacts of Haste
Making decisions in life can be difficult and people often rush and act too quickly without taking time to think their actions through. When under pressure to make the right decisions haste comes into play and the impacts are detrimental, as proven in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. The main characters in this text ignore many dark signs warning them along the way as they rush decision after decision leading to tragic results. The saying “haste makes waste” means that when action is taken in a hurry there are negative consequences which Romeo and Juliet both struggle with. Their lives take a spin downhill when they become overly eager to be together, are impatient, and act with rashness. For example, after Romeo and Juliet’s instant marriage their lives become filled with doom and tragic losses. It is important to take one day at a time and stay patient, being sure to be content with decisions. The detrimental impact of haste is reflected and absorbed in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet through characterization, foreshadowing, and conflict. Both Romeo and Friar Lawrence make many rushed decisions in the play which never have positive outcomes. Romeo meets Juliet at the Capulet feast and instantly falls in love with her. Without even knowing her personality or her name, Romeo is deeply in love. He acts with rashness and asks her to marry him the very next day. This seems to be typical of his character; Romeo is desperate for affection and acts accordingly. “O, let us hence; I stand on sudden haste.” Romeo’s conception is that the faster he goes through with things the better the outcome will be. Friar Lawrence, who also seems to act with the rashfulness of youth, agrees to marry the young lovers without thinking his decision through. He makes it for the arguably selfish reason of wanting to end the Montague-Capulet feud, but doesn’t consider the negative impacts it will have on the youths’ lives....
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