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Wisely and slow They stumble thatrun fastIIii102-103 William Shakespeares dramatic playRomeo and Julietdepicts the story of two star-crossed lovers Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet Shakespeares play has taught various lessons to his audience and readers throughout centuries One of the countless lessons Shakespeare teaches is patience and the consequences of impulsiveness The play consists of many universal themes which are themes that are timeless and most people can relate to The universal theme of impetuous behavior is illustrated through characters and characterization plot and poetic language the themes are universal and withstand the test of time impacting modern day films and musicIn William Shakespeares tragic play Romeo and Juliet Romeos character and characterization is utilized to illustrate the theme that impetuous behavior causes ones downfall The main protagonist Romeo Montague acquires a haunting hasty behavior throughout the play that leads to his downfall Romeos rash behavior is presented in the rising action when he asks Juliet to marry him Romeo persists The exchange of thy love faithful vow for mine IIii148-149 Romeo impulsively proposes to Juliet just after a couple hours of being acquainted with her Romeo has not thought of the consequences of their marriage or how it will affect the two feuding households Romeo wants Juliet to exchange of thy love faithful vow meaning he wants to marry Juliet Romeo acknowledges that Juliet is a Capulet but he disregards her last name because he is infatuated with her Romeo desires to be with her for the rest of his life Another example that demonstrates Romeos impetuousness is his confrontation with Tybalt After Tybalts impulse causes him to kill Mercutio Romeos impetuous behavior presents itself once again Romeoexclaims Mercutio soul is but a little way above or heads staying for thine to keep him company either thou or I must go with himIIIi133-136 In this excerpt Romeo rashly confrontsTybalt for killing Mercutio Romeo informs him that Mercutios soul is
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