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Romeo And Juliet, By William Shakespeare

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Many people make decisions hastily, based on only their emotions at a given time. The authoritative emotions people experience block any foresight they may have had into the potential results of their actions. In high emotion, people stop thinking pragmatically. They make rash decisions, looking only to gratify their immediate desires. Rash decisions are prevalent among the characters of Shakespeare’s play The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet. The imprudent decisions of others are accountable for the death of Romeo and Juliet and, also, the infatuation and impulsiveness of both Romeo and Juliet are to blame for their independent deaths and as well as the deaths of each other.
The decisions made by the citizens of Verona have a direct effect upon the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. Their thoughtless decisions assist in the downfall of the couple. For example, when Juliet returns from seeing Friar Lawrence, she declares that she will marry Paris to her father. Her father is thrilled by her decision to comply with his request and marry Paris. Capulet, in turn, says that he will “have this knot knit up tomorrow morning” (IV.ii.23). The impulsive and careless decision by Capulet to change the date of the wedding puts the household in a position where they must scramble to be prepared in time for the wedding. This decision directly affects the plan formulated by the Friar. It causes Juliet to have to execute it a day earlier, making it more difficult for news of the plan to reach Romeo before news of Juliet’s “death” does. Along with Capulet, Tybalt’s hasty, un-thoughtful decisions help to advocate the death of Romeo and Juliet. At the party, his mindless hatred for the Montagues causes him to promise that “this intrusion shall,/ Now seeming sweet, convert to bitt’rest gall” (I.v.90-91). True to his word, Tybalt later duels with Romeo with the intent to kill him. In defense, Romeo kills Tybalt and is exiled for it. The exile of Romeo is a key plot twist that leads to his demise. A third instance of an imprudent decision that contributes to the demise of Romeo and Juliet is when Romeo goes to Friar Lawrence. The Friar realizes that “Young men’s love then lies / Not truly in their hearts, but in their eyes” (II.iii.67-68), but he decides to secretly marry Romeo and Juliet regardless. The Friar does not think sensibly in this passage; he holds onto the small idea that a marriage will mend the feud between the families when he knows that the marriage is most likely based on infatuation. The marriage between Romeo and Juliet dictates the rise of other problems, which ultimately lead to the demise of Romeo and Juliet.
Aside from the decisions of others, Romeo and Juliet themselves also play a large role in determining each owns demise along with each others. The infatuation and...

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