In what ways do both Romeo and Juliet act impulsively in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet?

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To behave impulsively is to act upon or to be swayed by emotions rather than by reason. Since uncontrolled, passionate emotions vs. rational thought is a dominant theme in Romeo and Juliet, there are certainly many instances in which both Romeo and Juliet act impulsively.

One example of Romeo acting impulsively can be seen when he allows himself to be swayed into crashing the Capulets' ball with Benvolio . Romeo is very hesitant to go, even believing that it is unwise and will lead to danger. He even relays a dream he had that he considers to be prophetic, and the dream reveals that the "night's revels" will lead to some horrible "consequence," even to his own "untimely death" (I.iv.114-18). Therefore, the fact that he allows himself to be persuaded into crashing the ball even though his reason is...

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