In what ways can Romeo and Juliet be considered a tragedy of haste?I have a few ideas, including the two lovers' meeting and quick marriage, Mercutio's impetuousness in fighting Tybalt, Capulet...

In what ways can Romeo and Juliet be considered a tragedy of haste?

I have a few ideas, including the two lovers' meeting and quick marriage, Mercutio's impetuousness in fighting Tybalt, Capulet moving the marriage up to a few days... Not to mention the fact that Shakespeare reduced Brooke's version from nine months to less than a week.

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There are several reasons that Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy of haste. Although we do not know how the feud started, they often begin with a hasty judgment that is difficult to take back.  Once a feud begins, it is difficult to end without losing face.  We can infer that this is what happened with the Montagues and the Capulets.

There are other obvious reasons why haste causes tragedy in the story.  If Romeo had not dueled, he would not have been banished.  If Romeo and Juliet had not married in secret, they would never have set in motion the events that led to both of their deaths.

The most significant instance of haste causing tragedy is Romeo’s killing himself when he sees Juliet and thinks she is dead.  If he had waited, he would have realized she was not.  Over time, Juliet might also have gotten over Romeo’s death and lived a normal life.

 

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