Relationship evolves as a human being evolves. During the time of Shakespeare, humans’ relationship was based mostly on impulse, but in the present time, humans do not tend to go impulsive at the beginning of the relationship for avoiding any tragedy by learning from past stories. In Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, the original relationship between the lovers, their marriage, and their suicides are the direct result of their impulsive.
The initial relationship between Romeo and Juliet is based on impulse. Romeo immediately chooses a lover without thinking about her. Romeo mopes about his past love. Romeo’s past love is Rosaline. When Benvolio suggests to Romeo that he can Benvolio suggests that Romeo learn to forget Rosaline "By giving liberty unto thine eyes; / Examine other beauties"(8), Romeo says that Rosaline is the fairest of all and that he can never forget her (8). Romeo thinks that Rosaline is a love of his life and He cannot live without Rosaline. He tries to find Rosaline in every girl he sees. This action -by Romeo shows that he considers love in the emotional way. On the other hand, Romeo forgets his first love when he first sees Juliet in Capulet party. Romeo tells to Juliet that
“O, she doth teach the torches to burn bright!
It seems she hangs upon the cheek of night
Like a rich jewel in an Ethiope's ear;
Beauty too rich for use, for earth too dear!
So shows a snowy dove trooping with crows,
As yonder lady o'er her fellows shows.
The measure done, I'll watch her place of stand,
And, touching hers, make blessed my rude hand.
Did my heart love till now? forswear it, sight!
For I ne'er saw true beauty till this night” (19-20).
Now these actions by Romeo towards Juliet shows that Romeo is very impulsive. If he finds great female than Rosaline or Juliet in the future, then he will quickly change his thoughts as burning paper. Juliet decides to marry Romeo without any long consideration. Juliet is baffled about her future marriage idea. Juliet’s mother tries to talk Juliet into accepting Paris for her husband by arguing that Juliet will share in the glory of Paris' glory (14). Juliet never went against the decision of her family and Nurse. This situation makes Juliet more baffled about her marriage. Juliet forgets her confusion when she first sees Romeo. When Juliet finds out that Romeo is a Montague from nurse, Juliet tells to nurse “My only love sprung from my only hate! Too early seen unknown, and known too late! Prodigious birth of love it is to me, that I must love a loathed enemy” (22). From Juliet’s actions, it clearly shows that she is in the love with Romeo in her first sight. Both Romeo and Juliet, how quickly they forget about their confusions, is a result of their impulsive behavior.
The marriage of Romeo and Juliet is not planned. Romeo and Juliet make marriage arrangements without thought. Romeo and Juliet confess their love after they have known each other for only a couple of hours. Romeo goes to Juliet’s house to...