Dewan is brighter than the blaze of any torch

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Ms. Zseder

ENG1D1-05

December 21th, 2017

Nothing Good Happens in
a Hurry

Williams
Shakespeare is a renowned English poet, playwright, and actor. Romeo and Juliet
are love tragedy about two young star cross lovers whose death occurs due to the
feud between the Capulets and Montagues. The theme of speed and rashness play a
crucial role in the downfall of Romeo and Juliet. This is illustrated in the play
as they fell in love too quickly, they rushed into marriage, and death.

 

My
first argument proving that Romeo and Juliet fell in love too quickly is, in
the book it states that Romeo was deeply hurt from Rosalina, his old girlfriend
but as soon as he met Juliet at the Capulet ball he fell in love within
a snap of a finger. “What
lady is that, which doth enrich the hand Of yonder knight?” (1.5.41-42), Romeo said,
asking the servant which is clueless of who she is. At this point of the play
Romeo doesn’t care about anyone’s opinion, because he’s already in love. “O, she
doth teach the torches to burn bright!” (1.5.44), meaning both that
her beauty is brighter than the blaze of any torch and that her presence makes
the whole room light up. Romeo thinks of a few more words to describe her beauty
and starts to dance with her. When the dance is over, he will note where she
is, then make his way to her and touch her hand. Another example is, after
the ball Juliet went onto the balcony and confessed her love for Romeo, but
little did she know he was right there listen to every single word she said. Juliet
like Romeo is already falling for him, and now after the party she questions
why “Romeo,” a Montague, she wondering if he would “Deny
thy father and refuse thy name”(2.2.34), so that he can marry Juliet with her father permission, but
if he disagrees she says she will stop being a Capulet just for her love for him.

 

My second argument would be that
Romeo and Juliet rushed into their marriage, because right after they met again
on the balcony they decided to get married to day after. Romeo says, “It is
my soul that calls upon my name, How silver-sweet sound lovers’ tongues by
night, Like softest music to attending ears!”
(2.2.164-166). After Romeo speaks, Juliet asks Romeo what time she should
send her messager. Romeo says to send him by nine. Juliet answers, “I will
not fail” (2.2.169). Then follows a kind of sweet lull. After the wonder and
surprise of finding each other and love in the dark garden, and after hurriedly
making plans for their marriage while Juliet dodged in and out of the house,
the lovers now have a moment to just be together. Friar Lawrence after
he found out that the bride to be is Juliet thought that maybe the feud between
the two family would end for good. Friar Laurence and Romeo are waiting for
Juliet, so that the wedding can be performed. Friar Laurence, thinking ahead,
says “So
smile the heavens upon this holy act, / That after hours with sorrow chide us
not!” (2.6.1-2). Earlier, when Romeo asked the Friar to marry himself and
Juliet, the Friar agreed because of what might happen in what he now calls the
“after hours.” He is hoping that the marriage of Romeo and Juliet
will put an end to feud between the houses of Montague and Capulet, but things
could go wrong and if they do, the sorrows of those “after hours”
will chide them for what they are about to do.

My final argument is that the two
characters Romeo and Juliet’s death was to sudden and at a young age. Romeo has decided he will go and commit suicide
at Juliet’s side, because he doesn’t know that Juliet is faking her death
because the letter hasn’t reached him yet.  “Farewell:
buy food and get thyself in flesh” (5.1.84). Romeo seems happy
that he himself will never again have to worry about such earthly cares as food
and the money to buy it. As he leaves he looks at the packet of poison and
says, “Come,
cordial and not poison, go with me / To Juliet’s grave; for there must I use
thee” (5.1.85-86). A “cordial” is a healing medicine, it restores
life. Romeo believes that the poison will restore him to his true life with
Juliet.

 

 

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