Romeo Character connection
One should not make rash choices. By Kaden Bauernfeind
There are two feuding houses in Romeo and Juliet. The Montagues and the Capulets. Romeo of house Montague is connected to many people. But his connection to Juliet of house Capulet is what dooms him. Thus showing the theme of the play Romeo and Juliet to be that one should not make rash choices.
Act 1, Scene 5
A rash decision Romeo made was falling in love at first sight as shown in the play Romeo and Juliet, "What is her mother?" " Marry bachelor Her mother is the lady of the house." (pg 1016, lines 124-126) Romeo is speaking to the Nurse who tells Romeo who Juliet is and this is how she is connected to him as the one who introduced them. It connects to the theme because Romeo instantly falls in love with Juliet even though he just saw her which was a very rash choice.
Act 2, Scene 2
After the party Romeo went to Juliet's house and proclaimed his love to her. The play states "By a name I know not how to tell thee who I am. My name, dear saint, is hateful to myself. Because it is an enemy to thee. Had I it written, I would tear the word." (pg 1024 lines 59-63) Romeo's connection to Juliet is that he loves her because he pronounced his love in the quote. Yet this was a very poorly thought out action on his part. Romeo said he would give up his family name to be with a girl he just met a few hours ago at a party.
Act 2, Scene 3
The poorly thought out actions continue as stated by the play Romeo and Juliet. "That thou consent to marry us today." (pg 1030 line 69) Romeo is speaking to Friar Lawrence because he wants the Friar to marry him to Juliet which he does and connects himself to Romeo as the one who married him an Juliet. But Romeo is being incredibly rash in asking the Friar to marry him and Juliet even though he recently learned she is a Capulet. He also barely knows her as they just met and have only been speaking in secret or through indirect means and now wants to get married which at that time was a very big thing to do.
Act 5, Scene 1
Finally, the play states "For nothing can be ill if she be well.... Her body sleeps in the Capels monument.... And hire those horses." (pg 1087 lines 17 - 36) Romeo is talking to Balthasar who tells him that Juliet is dead making him the one that gives Romeo the false news. This led him to making a very fool-hearted choice to kill himself. This makes Balthasar the one who led Romeo to a false death believing Juliet to be dead. Showing the theme of the play to be one should not make rash choices.