ESSAY “The older you are, the better you get.” is a popular saying that offers insight in human propensities to be spontaneous, perfunctory and hasty. Part of maturing as a human originates from understanding a circumstance, deducing a service and carefully thinking whether there will be any repercussions and if they would deserve it.
Spontaneous acts show off incompetence and immaturity. Albeit awkward regardless, there are typically more durable consequences than simply looking absurd for acting in manners that threaten goals and contravene techniques of success.
Failing to evaluate any circumstance properly in the heat of the moment incurs unwanted outcomes such as a penalty of some sort or sometimes, death. This is the message that William Shakespeare tries to communicate in his infamous play, Romeo and Juliet. This play focuses on characters from 2 competing households that generate their deaths which of numerous others due to their impulsive personalities. Romeo, Juliet and Tybalt each let a particular emotion cloud their judgement, triggering them to make decisions with no prior thoughts of factor to consider for effects.
Their absence of will to withstand and control their desires becomes the reason for their demise. When experiencing certain emotions, one’s thoughts are clouded and it becomes tough for them to make rational choices. Romeo is a really spontaneous character. It’s as if he struggles with Borderline Character Condition. He tends to over react and his impulsivity puts him in numerous tight spots prior to it kills him. First of all, Romeo is really significant. His sensations are shallow and shallow.
This is established at the very beginning of the play when Romeo says: “Alas, that love, whose view is stifled still, Should, without eyes, see pathways to his will! Where shall we dine? O me! What fray was here? “. (Act 1, Scene 1, Line 165) Romeo drastically muses about his “love” for Rosaline to Benvolio for a prolonged period prior to he quickly changes the subject of conversation momentarily to where they will consume dinner.
This suggests an impulsive and whimsical propensity. This quotation assists implement character advancement into play, enabling the reader to infer the protagonist’s major personality type and flaws. Albeit at an extremely little and unimportant scale, Romeo’s tendency to act over-dramatic puts himself in state of psychological distress needlessly. Secondly, Romeo’s impetuosity is made extremely unambiguous and perceptive to the reader during the famous “balcony scene” in the play. The following conversation happens in between Romeo and Juliet in Act 2, Scene 2: ROMEO: With love’s light wings did I o’er-perch these walls; For stony limits can not hold love out, And what love can do that attempts love attempt; For that reason thy kinsmen are no let to me. JULIET: If they do see thee, they will murder thee. ROMEO: Alack, there lies more peril in thine eye Than twenty of their swords: look thou however sweet, And I am proof against their enmity. (Act 2, Scene 2, Line 65-70) Romeo proclaims his love for a lady he fulfilled less than 24 hours earlier, making his impulsivity indisputable. He displays total disregard for the safety of his life by being on Capulet property just to catch a glimpse of a lady– Capulet’s only child and reward– he satisfied the evening earlier. His very existence in such a location at midnight is spontaneous on its own, however to claim to not value his life in prolonged, redundant romantic speeches is careless, immature and unacceptably indifferent.
Fortunately, Romeo leaves the home hidden. If he had been caught, he would have been killed. This reveals Romeo’s bad decision making abilities, his disregard for thoroughly selecting his decisions and how they could have gotten him in danger. Lastly, Romeo gets himself killed because, yet again, he does not assess his actions prior to performing them. In Act 5, Scene 1, Romeo states to Apothecary, “Let me have a dram of toxin …” (Act 5, Scene 1, Line 60).
Romeo says this statement in severe melancholy upon hearing of Juliet’s apparent death in Verona. Him hastily travelling to a druggist highlights on Romeo’s tendency to overreact and not give any evident idea to his own life or his future. At this point, Romeo’s character characteristics are made really clear to the reader. In conclusion, negligent behaviour is possibly cataclysmic for the individual spontaneous and individuals around him. This is especially true when a specific permits an emotion to cloud their judgement.
Because Romeo permitted himself to get attached to Juliet rapidly, lustfully he discovered himself in a miserable position where Juliet, Woman Montague, Mercutio, Tybalt and Paris die because he impulsively chose to fall in love with a member of the Capulet household without thinking about the long term consequences and in his sorrow he chose to take his own life mindlessly. Similar to Romeo, Juliet is likewise illustrated as a spontaneous character who neglects reasonable thinking when flooded with feelings. This is made especially evident during the terrace scene when Juliet says, 3 words, dear Romeo, and good-night undoubtedly. If that thy bent of love be honourable, Thy purpose marriage, send me word tomorrowBy one that I’ll procure to come to thee Where and what time thou wilt carry out the rite, And all my fortunes at thy foot I’ll lay And follow thee my lord throughout the world”. (Act 2, Scene 1, Line 145). This quote affirms to Juliet’s callow and childlike decision to consider a young boy she fulfilled hours ago as her hubby. Marital relationship is authentic and a big action in somebody’s life.
It is brought together by hundreds of tiny threads which are stitched by the couple over years, not within a couple of hours. The idea of falling in love, the lust for Romeo and the excitement of rebellion triggers Juliet to not think logically. The lust she feels causes her to follow her heart instead of her mind. The guy she consents to marrying is part of a rival family and pursuing marriage with Romeo would be redundant and hazardous as another brawl would break out in between the two households before they would succumb to the marriage. Had she thought reasonably and thought about the consequences ahead of time rather than acting impulsively she ould have actually conserved lives of many others, including her own. Luckily for Romeo, she wasn’t captured conversing with him while he was under the terrace. Impulsivity is a consequence of impatience. Patience is a virtue and in this case, a life saving one. However, although short-term problem was avoided effectively, one is not constantly guaranteed to be so fortunate. This is shown later in the play when Juliet states to Friar Lawrence, “Be not so long to speak. I long to pass away if what thou speak’st speak not of treatment” (Act 4, Scene 1, Line 65). Juliet is devastated when Girl Capulet requires her to make Paris her mate for life.
In desperate look for an option, she goes to Friar with a dagger and reveals her plan of suicide, blackmailing him of continuing with the previously mentioned plan if Friar doesn’t give her an alternative. Friar suggests taking a coma-inducing potion which will fake her death, after which she might elope with Romeo. In utter incoherence and mad impulsivity, she takes the potion without talking to Romeo. Relying on Friar and a messenger to give Romeo the message, she irresponsibly produces a scene of death and gets put in the Capulet crypt. Upon Romeo’s arrival there, he has a confrontation with Paris.
They duel till Paris’s death, after which the derangement of the entire situation takes control of Romeo’s senses, triggering him to drink poison and die. Her impulsivity is not left unpunished this time as she causes the death of two people near her and the death of Girl Montague in the future. Failing to think the consequences beforehand causes the individual and individuals around him/her to suffer psychological or physical injuries to potentially substantial extents. Last but not least, Juliet’s impulsivity is made outright when she mindlessly chooses to take her life. In Act 5, Juliet’s last words affirm that her last impulsive action is destructive.
She states, “Yea, sound? Then I’ll be quick. O pleased dagger, This is thy sheath. There rust and let me pass away” (Act 5, Scene 3, Line 69). Upon witnessing Romeo’s departed body laying lifelessly beside an empty flask of poisonous drug, Juliet grabs Romeo’s dagger and stabs herself to her demise. She does not think of the effects of eliminating herself for a kid she fulfilled less than a week back. She sees no escape aside from right away killing herself, leaving the rest of her life unlived. For that reason, in conclusion, inability to properly weigh their options makes people take choices impulsively and impulsivity can be injurious.
In Juliet’s case, Romeo and Paris spent for her impulsivity and the deaths of those were indirectly associated to those of others such as Lady Montague, Mercutio and Tybalt. Tybalt is a character from the Capulet family who, like Romeo and Juliet, permits emotions to control and overpower his judgements which lead to spontaneous actions with fatal effects. However, unlike Romeo and Juliet, Tybalt has difficulty managing his anger. His quickly worried temper results in his desires of resorting to violence. Although a different emotion than lust, anger is an undesirable feeling regardless, failing to repress which has inescapable repercussions.
Tybalt’s impulsivity is first hinted upon when he states, “It fits when such a villian is a guest. I’ll not endure him.” (Act 1, Scene 5, Line 75). Tybalt is totally enraged by Romeo’s presence at the Capulet ball to the point at which he wishes to duel him. With anger clouding his judgements, he does not consider the Prince’s cautioning the following morning. Had he not been told to rather down, he would have faced Romeo, alarming the peace. His impulsivity and inability to control his emotions when intensified is his most significant strength while being his greatest weakness as well.
This quote is significant, since of its adequate technique to character development. Moreover, this quote assists the reader presume the message of the play itself: impulsivity is more or less masochistic and failure to repress emotions to a reasonable level can be fatal. Second of all, another impulsive decision taken by Tybalt takes place in Scene 1 when he states, “What, drawn, and talk of peace! I dislike the word, As I hate hell, all Montagues, and thee: Have at thee, coward!” (Act 1, Scene 1, Line 65) In this quotation, Tybalt exclaims honestly about his hatred for Montagues.
His anger speaks for him, drawing in trouble with those despiteful words. His failure to manage himself attracts the prince, getting them all in difficulty. In a way, this event is the assurance of his near death. If Romeo had not killed him for killing Mercutio later, the Prince would have had him executed, since of the caution he provides after Tybalt interferes with the peace by starting a brawl. Last but not least, Tybalt’s impulsivity gets himself eliminated, ending up being further evidence to how impulsivity gets you in difficulty. Tybalt states, “Kid, this shall not excuse the injuries.
That thou hast do not me, therefore turn and draw” (3:1:63, 64). Tybalt ridicules Romeo, wanting to start a battle for his anger to be drained pipes. He seeks battles, never ever wishing to think about speaking about the problems. It is due to this, that he discovers himself murdered. Had he picked to think about options with a calm mind, he would have conserved his own life and that of Mercutio. Any person can blow up– that is easy, however to be upset with the right person and to the right degree and at the right time and for the best purpose, and in the proper way– that is not within everybody’s power and is challenging.
It is a required ability, which becomes more frustrating the longer one picks to not master it. In conclusion, strong emotions, desires and prompts pertained to everybody. Learning to be able to effectively control them to a safe degree is a requirement. Romeo, Juliet and Tybalt all act impulsively since they are not able to quelch their feelings. Romeo’s lust for Juliet causes him to act recklessly, risking his life for a female he barely understands. Considering that he allowed himself to become fixated with Juliet, he found himself very lonely at her obvious death.
He saw no other alternative aside from that to kill himself. His impulsivity was deadly as he was too absurd to quelch his feelings. Juliet, being as silly as Romeo returned his love. Lustfully, she likewise enabled herself to get attached too quickly. She foolishly accepted Romeo’s proposition, risking her household’s name and honour for a kid as unprepared and inappropriate for a mate in a practical world as a newborn. Had she been wise and not returned Romeo’s love like Rosaline, her life would have been conserved. Lastly, Tybalt also made numerous silly choices.
Despite of his anger proving harmful, he never practiced the guidance he was preached: to not interrupt peace among the public. Making a number of impulsive choices like starting a brawl in the street for something that could have been quickly excused and eliminating Mercutio, Tybalt ensures his last destination. If all three characters were more mature and weighed their alternatives before making any decision, they each would be alive at the end of the play. Nevertheless, that would have made a dull play, would not it have?