Topic: “It is too rash, too unadvis’d, too sudden.” How do Juliet’s words apply to the action of
the play? 650-750 words.
The tale of Romeo and Juliet takes your classic love story and pushes every part of it to the
extreme. The two inexperienced lovers rush into getting married the day after they meet, and
develop such a strong infatuation for each other that they refuse to live without the other.
The cause of their irrational actions is undoubtedly caused by the malevolence between their
families, which is not only immature but downright dangerous.
Romeo and Juliet’s hasty decision to get married was impulsive and haphazard. The same
night they meet, Juliet proposes: “If that thy bent of love be honourable,/ Thy purpose
marriage, send me word tomorrow”. Bearing in mind that 15th century marriages were not the
long, drawn out affairs they are today, Romeo and Juliet were still a little immature to be
married so quickly, and without parental approval at that. Their love had not been tested; it
was merely passionate lust. Romeo, especially, was very prone to falling in love – in fact, the
same day he met Juliet, he had been head over heels in ‘love’ with Rosaline, and could not
think of anyone being more beautiful than her: “One fairer than my love! The all-seeing sun/
Ne’er saw her match since first the world began.” Who is to say that he would not have fallen
in love with another girl the day afterwards if Juliet had not married him? If Juliet had known
about Rosaline, she would most probably not have been as eager to marry Romeo. It was
foolish of her to propose to him before even getting to know him.
The decisions of Romeo and Juliet to take their own lives rather than live without the other
were completely unreasonable and really quite ludicrous. This resolution seems to have
been silently made when they were married, because as soon as Juliet finds out that Romeo
has been exiled, she goes to Friar Lawrence and asks him to help her to be with Romeo
again, saying: “I long to die,/ If what thou speaks’st speak not of remedy”. (IV.i.66-67)
Unfortunately, as the story unfolds, both the lovers are put into a situation where they see
the other dead, and choose to kill themselves rather than live. This decision is really very
regrettable; both of them were so young and could have had long, full lives without each
If it wasn’t for the malignant feud between the two lovers’ families, much of the intense
drama of the play would have been lost. Romeo and Juliet would not have had to hide their
love if there had not been such hatred between their parents. If they had been open about
their love, their parents would unquestionably have disowned them both or taken extreme
measures to keep them apart. The unjustified feud between the Montagues and the
Capulets caused the major twist in the play – the deaths of Mercutio and Tybalt, and the
exiling of Romeo. Had Romeo not been exiled, Juliet would not have taken Friar Lawrence’s
‘sleeping potion’ and the tragic ending death scene would not have come about.
Shakespeare’s writing strategy of intensifying every aspect of this otherwise typical love
story was a considerably effective one. The fast paced action tempered with the sweet love
scenes in between combine to make an intriguing, gripping play.