Romeo: Character Connection

A person should not rush into anything...

Act I, Scene I

While speaking to Benvolio about Rosaline, Romeo says, "'She hath forsworn to love, and in that vow do I live to tell it now '" (1000). Benvolio is trying to help Romeo not to be so depressed anymore. This relates to my theme because Romeo rushed into deciding he loved Rosaline, without even getting to her. Because he rushed into this, it caused him a lot of pain. This also shows the connection between Romeo and Rosaline is one of heartbreak on Romeo's part.

Act II, Scene III

When Friar Laurence is talking to Romeo about his tendency to rush into things, Romeo says, "'O, let us hence! I stand on sudden haste.'" Friar Laurence replies, "'Wisely, and slow. They stumble that run fast.'" (1048). Friar Laurence tries to warn Romeo that when you rush into something, things will go wrong. Romeo has already decided that he wants to spend the rest of his life with someone that he just met the day before. Everyone tries to warn him that this will only end in heartbreak. This shows the connection between Friar Laurence and Romeo is one of caring because the Friar cares and worries about Romeo and the choices he makes.

Act III, Scene I

After Tybalt kills Mercutio, Romeo speaks to Tybalt and says, "'Either thou or I, or both, must go with [Mercutio]... this shall determine that.' {they fight, Tybalt falls.}" (1048). Romeo rushed into the fight with Tybalt. Even though Tybalt would have faced death either way, Romeo decided to take things into his own hands, and now he has to leave Verona and Juliet. The connection between Romeo and Tybalt is that Romeo killed Tybalt.

Theme. Act II, Scene II

When speaking of their marriage, Juliet says to Romeo, "'Although I joy in thee, I have no joy of this contract tonight. It is too rash, too unadvised, too sudden...'" (1026). In this scene, Juliet expresses her concern that they might be moving too fast, and if they move too fast, then it could be gone just as fast. This shows that a person should not rush into things because it can and most likely will, have bad consequences.

Lauren Erdman


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December 15, 2014