These cannot be undone, and so play a part in the devastating suicides of Romeo and Juliet. Early in the play, Romeo is quite desperately in love with Rosalie, a member of the Verona community. But at first sight of Caplet’s, only daughter, Juliet, Rosalie is immediately cast out of the picture and quickly proclaims his love for Juliet. He tells the Friar “l have forgot that name and that name’s woe” (ASSAILS). Romeo is then again hasty as he asks for Gullet’s hand in marriage, the very day after they first meet.
He begs Friar to wed them that day “But this I pray, That thou consent to marry us today” (ASSAILS-62). Romeo is extremely hasty to marry Juliet because he has never before had anyone return his affections, and if they get married quickly there is less chance of anyone ruining their plans. Even against the cautious warning of the Friar “Wisely and slow. They stumble that run fast” (ASSAILS).
Had Romeo not so quickly fallen in love, and waited to wed Juliet, and not set the basis of this tragic play, they may still have lived.
Caplet, Gullet’s father, too show hastiness in this play. When he proposes his daughter to wed County Paris. The wedding is originally set to Thursday, after being proposed on the Tuesday. However after refusing to wed Paris, and soon afterward devising a plan, Juliet, to be seen once more as the perfect and dutiful daughter, agrees to marry Paris. Gullet’s father is so joyous that he brings forward the wedding to Wednesday, the very next day “I’ll have this knot knit up tomorrow morning” (ASSAILS).
To avoid suspicion, Juliet continues to play the perfect daughter role, she asks her nurse To help me sort such needful ornaments As you think fit to furnish me tomorrow… (ASSAILS-33) to make it seem like she is happy to wed Paris. If the wedding had not been brought forward, there may have been more time to inform Romeo Of the plan, and their love, and lives, may have been saved. The play concludes with both teenagers taking their lives because they cannot stand to be without each other. This is done rather hastily, “Here’s to my love! O true apothecary! The drugs are quick.
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