What impact does Romeo have on the tragedy in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet?
Although Shakespeare, in Romeo and Juliet, wants the audience to believe fate is the primary culprit in the final outcome, Romeo exacerbates the tragedy and has a major impact on events with three important decisions.
First off, he rushes into the relationship with Juliet. Within an hour of meeting the girl he is asking her to marry him. Even Juliet realizes they may be going too fast. She advises him to wait and see if he feels the same way when they meet again. She says in Act II,
I have no joy of this contract tonight.
It is too rash, too unadvised, too sudden,
Too like the lightning, which doth cease to be
Ere one can say “It lightens.” Sweet, good night.
This bud of love, by summer’s ripening breath,
May prove a beauteous flower when next we meet.