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Romeo & Juliet: Haste. Essay

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Romeo and Juliet EssayHaste, the over-eagerness to act, is an important element in any tragic play. William Shakespeare paid careful attention to this concept in the writing of his famous play Romeo and Juliet. Haste is certainly well shown, since most of the characters make rash decisions during the play.Firstly, Romeo and Juliet best display haste when they decide to get married after having met merely a couple of hours earlier. While gazing into her orchard and delivering her soliloquy, Juliet notices Romeo. They express their love for each other, but Romeo is anxious to know that Juliet is his. He proposes to her by saying, "Lady, by yonder blessed moon I vow," (II.ii.107). Romeo clearly loves Juliet enough to vow his love for her by the moon, which he speaks so highly of. Though Juliet returns his love, she does not wish to vow their love by the moon for she thinks that the moon is inconstant. She expresses this through the lines, "O swear not by the moon, th'inconstant moon, /That monthly changes in her circl'd orb, /Lest that thy love prove likewise variable." (II.ii.109-111). She continues with, "Well, do not swear. Although I joy in thee, /I have no joy of this contract tonight, /It is too rash, too unadvis'd, too sudden, /Too like the lightning, which doth cease to be" (II.ii.117-119). Evidently, Juliet does not think it is wise to make such a life changing decision after just having met Romeo. She questions the strength of his love and believes that his declaration of love is just spur of the moment. She settles the discussion by replying, "If thy bent love be honourable, /Thy purpose marriage, send me word tomorrow," (II.ii.143-144). Juliet thought that if Romeo was still madly in love with her in the morning, his feelings were true, and they would wed the following day. Undoubtedly, Romeo and Juliet were hasty to make a decision that would soon alter the entire course of their lives, and that would take a major part in the making of this tragic play.Secondly, Romeo proves his rash ways yet again by murdering Tybalt in cold blood. When Romeo realized that Tybalt took the life of his dear friend Mercutio, he was set on getting revenge. He ran after Tybalt and expressed his anger by exclaiming, "That late thou gavest me, for Mercutio's soul/Is but a little way above our heads, /Staying for thine to keep him company:/Either thou or I, or both, must go with him." (III.i.122-125). The only option Romeo considered rational was that either him or Tybalt should join Mercutio. Romeo was prepared to battle Tybalt for Mercutio's sake. Unfortunately the battle ended as Romeo had planned it. Tybalt joined Mercutio but at what price. The death of Tybalt got Romeo banished from Verona and sent to Mantua. In Romeo's eyes, not being able to see Juliet is just as bad as death. He frantically searches for the easy way out, and asks the...

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