In The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet , Romeo is one of the protagonists in the story who shows many characteristics, but his impulsiveness protrudes the most. While Romeo can be characterized by his immaturity, his impulsiveness stands out like a jewel on a n ethiopian man. Romeo’s impulsiveness is scattered throughout the story as it is shown in all t he acts he is in. His impulsiveness may not be for the same situation all the time, but his impulsiv eness is always shown.
Romeo’s characteristic of impulsiveness is sprinkled throughout the pl ay in situations of love and friendship. Romeo’s impulsiveness all starts in Act where he experiences in love at first s ight when he sees Juliet at the party. Romeo’s forgetfulness of Rosaline and love for Juliet starts: “Did my heart love till now? forswear it, sight! / For ne’er saw true beauty till this night” (Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet 1. 5. 4950). The chorus comments on Romeo’s quick decision, “With tender Juliet match’d, is now not fair. / Now Romeo is beloved and loves again,/ Alike bewitched by the harm of looks” (2. rologue. 46). Friar Lawrence even remarks on Romeo’s ac tions as he gets enraged at Romeo’s quick change of love stating, “Holy Saint Francis, what a c hange is here! / Is Rosaline, whom thou didst love so dear,/ So soon forsaken? young men’s love then lies” (2. 3. 6567). Romeo’s new love with Juliet causes him to immediately ditch Rosaline for Juliet. Banh 2 Romeo’s actions are not always dictated by his love for Juliet, but also have a n impact with his friends. In Act Ill, Tybalt kills Romeo’s friend Mercutio causing to Rom eo get angered.
Once Tybalt returns, Romeo kills Tybalt without hesitation: Tybalt. Thou, wretched boy, that dist consort him here, Shlat with him hence. Romeo. This shall determine that. They fight; TYBALT falls. (3. 1. 126129) Since Romeo committed murder, he is banished from the city Of Verona whic h greatly impacts him. When Romeo finds out about his exile, he attempts suicide by th e thought of not seeing Juliet: They are free men, but I am banished. And say’st thou yet that exile is not death? Hadst thou no poison mix’d, no sharpground knife, No sudden mean of death, though ne’er so mean. (3. 3. 48) After Romeo is banished and lives in the city of Mantua, he soon discovers tha t Juliet is dead. Subsequently, Romeo responds to Juliet’s death, “Well, Juliet, I will lie wi th thee tonight. /Let’s see for means: O mischief, thou art swift/ To enter in the thoughts of desperate men! ” (5. 1. 3639). Once Romeo arrives at the Capulet’s tomb to die next to Juli et, he encounters Paris and greets him by killing him without delay: “O, am slain! If thou be me rciful,/ Open the tomb. Lay me with Romeo kills himself and Paris only becaus e of his love for Juliet. Banh 3 Throughout the play of
Romeo and Juliet, Romeo’s impulsiveness is always shown for his love for Juliet or for his friendship. Many of Romeo’s actions are fast thinki ng just like any teenager would do in situations such as Romeo committing suicide when he fi nds out Juliet is dead. Romeo also dictates many of his impulsive actions based off of Juliet lik e ditching Rosaline for Juliet. It is Romeo’s impulsiveness which brings him to love and hi s impulsiveness that ends his life.