In Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet are doomed from the start, and the audience is completely 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, which 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, proving that his impulsiveness is a very large part of him as a character, for example when he sees Juliet for the first time at the Capulet party. As soon as he sees Juliet, he pleads out “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 out, / therefore thy kinsmen are no stop to me.” (II.ii.66-69). Romeo doesn’t care if Juliet’s guards hurt him. Even though he could’ve easily died right then and there if the Capulets would’ve caught him, he wanted to be with Juliet.
Romeo also shows that he is impulsive when he begs Friar Laurence to marry him and Juliet. He cries out, “My heart’s clear love is set on the fair daughter of rich Capulet as mine on hers, so hers is set on mine and all combined, save what thou must combine by holy marriage.” (II.iii. 57-61) After only a very short time of knowing Juliet, he wants to marry her. Friar Laurence takes Romeo’s desperate begging as a farce and marries them. Soon after, Friar says to Romeo, “Wisely and slow, they...
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