Too rash, too unadvised, too sudden?In "Romeo and Juliet," Juliet refers to her love for Romeo and plans to marry him as “Too rash, too unadvised, too sudden.” Is she right? How is she right...

Too rash, too unadvised, too sudden?

In "Romeo and Juliet," Juliet refers to her love for Romeo and plans to marry him as “Too rash, too unadvised, too sudden.” Is she right? How is she right and is there any evidence in the text supporting it?

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clairewait eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Juliet is certainly right when she warns Romeo here that making promises to one another on the first night of meeting is a hasty decision at best.  Even if you have not yet finished reading the entire play, you know from the Prologue that the love between Romeo and Juliet will end in tragedy.

Many argue that it is because of the haste with which Romeo and Juliet marry, the lack of planning of their lives together, and their own youth and immaturity, that the story is tragic.  Textual evidence for all of these comes in every single subsequent Act.  Tybalt is provoked into a fight because of Romeo's new happiness (at having married Juliet), which Tybalt takes for sarcastic taunting.  As a result, Mercutio is killed, then Tybalt is killed.  The rest of the events, revolving around Romeo's killing of Tybalt, further prove that he and Juliet would have done better to wait on their love.

Romeo is banished.  He didn't have a plan for living with Juliet within his house, so he certainly has not imagined what to do both on his own and with a new wife.  Juliet's arranged marriage is pushed up as a result of Tybalt's death.  She is already married to Romeo.  Her actions are hasty and desperate.

As a result of "rash...unadvised...[and] sudden" decisions, many people in the story needlessly lose their lives.  Those who are spared, must live on with the sorrow of losing a loved one.

nhsaint eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I think the answer to this question is a matter of opinion. If this were an essay assignment, I'm sure the instructor isn't looking to see if you answer "yes" or "no", but rather to see how much thought goes into your answer.

The obvious answer is yes, they were both too rash, unadvised, and sudden. They didn't consult their parents (probably since they fear what their parents would say) and they ended up dead because they everything was unadvised and sudden.

However, you could make an argument that she wasn't too rash or sudden because sometimes love has to be acted upon quickly before something comes up and the opportunity is wasted. Some people might say it is better to die young with the one you love than to live long without the one you love.

ask996 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I agree that Juliet is right, but even more right than she might be aware of. Just prior to meeting Juliet, Romeo has been declaring passion and devotion to another woman. He is, in fact, dashed because his devotion is unrequited. In addition, Friar Laurence chastises Romeo for having emotions too fleeting. It is quite possible that had death not intervened, that Romeo's devotions would have wandered elsewhere.

kquinn14 | Student

Yes, she is right.

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