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Romeo and Juliet Essay Haste the over-eagerness to act is an important element in any tragic play William Shakespeare paid careful attention to this concept in the writing of his famous play Romeo and Juliet Haste is certainly well shown since most of the characters make rash decisions during the play Firstly Romeo and Juliet best display haste when they decide to get married after having met merely a couple of hours earlier While gazing into her orchard and delivering her soliloquy Juliet notices Romeo They express their love for each other but Romeo is anxious to know that Juliet is his He proposes to her by saying Lady by yonder blessed moon I vow IIii107 Romeo clearly loves Juliet enough to vow his love for her by the moon which he speaks so highly of Though Juliet returns his love she does not wish to vow their love by the moon for she thinks that the moon is inconstant She expresses this through the lines O swear not by the moon thinconstant moon That monthly changes in her circld orb Lest that thy love prove likewise variable IIii109-111 She continues with Well do not swear Although I joy in thee I have no joy of this contract tonight It is too rash too unadvisd too sudden Too like the lightning which doth cease to be IIii117-119 Evidently Juliet does not think it is wise to make such a life changing decision after just having met Romeo She questions the strength of his love and believes that his declaration of love is just spur of the moment She settles the discussion by replying If thy bent love be honourable Thy purpose marriage send me word tomorrow IIii143-144 Juliet thought that if Romeo was still madly in love with her in the morning his feelings were true and they would wed the following day Undoubtedly Romeo and Juliet were hasty to make a decision
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