Please answer the following question concerning a quote from Romeo & Juliet, Act 5Romeo says in the end after he drinks the potion, "O true apothecary / Thy drugs are quick. Thus with a kiss I...

Please answer the following question concerning a quote from Romeo & Juliet, Act 5

Romeo says in the end after he drinks the potion, "O true apothecary / Thy drugs are quick. Thus with a kiss I die" (5.3.130-131).

How does this quote demonstrate Romeo is impatient?

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This quote comes just as Romeo has taken the poison, and as he feels his body shutting down, he remembers the apothecary, and testifies to the truthfulness of his words. If you remember, the apothecary says that his poison is incredibly strong, and Romeo recognises the validity of his opinion as he feels the poison's effect on his body.

Arguably, throughout the entire play we have seen that Romeo has been incredibly impatient. He is desperate to marry Juliet straight away and, finding that she has supposedly died, sets himself on a course of destruction, determining to die next to his love and be united together in death. The phrase that he utters as he dies, "Thy drugs are quick," indicates that having decided to die, he wants to commit suicide in the swiftest way possible so that he can be with Juliet. You could therefore argue that this represents yet another example of the impatience of Romeo.

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