Robert Louis Stevenson is a Scottish writer born, November 13, 1850 and died December 3, 1894. He says, “Everybody sooner or later sits down to a banquet of consequences. ” Consequences are often formed when people make hasty decisions and do not think there thoughts through. Such is the case in the play “Romeo and Juliet” when the two characters do not think of how decision will affect them in the future. In the play hasty decisions caused Romeo and Juliet’s deaths. Hasty decisions were made going to the party, being married and drinking the potions.
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Romeo going to the party was a hasty decision and in turn he finds himself with consequences too large. A servant was wondering the streets of Verona with a scroll he could not read. In the scroll it was a list of people who were invited to Lord Capulet’s party. Romeo offered to read it and found out that his true love was going but Benvolio tells him that if they go to the party Romeo will find other girls much prettier. Romeo comes back and tell Benvolio, “I’ll go along, no such sight to be shown. /But to rejoice in my splendor of my own” (Act 1, Scene 3, Lines 106-107).
Romeo at the party finds a women who is young and beautiful and her name is Juliet. Romeo forgets about his other true love and asks some one at the party who she is. To Romeo’s surprise he finds out that she is a Capulet. Montagues and Capulet’s are enemies and Romeo is a Montague. Romeo says after hearing Juliet’s a Capulet, “O dear my account! My life is my foe’s debt” (Act 1, Scene 5, Line 132). Romeo goes to the party so he can find that Capulet’s are not the prettiest people and that there are such thing as more than one choice but instead he falls in love with another Capulet.
Romeo is faced with yet another issue that he did not think all the way through. Romeo is to marry Juliet the day after
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they met. Juliet talked to Romeo and said, “Thy purpose a marriage, send me word tomorrow” (Act 2, Scene 2, Line 151). Juliet and Romeo are making last second preparations on a marriage and they barely know each other. The next morning Romeo pays Friar Lawrence a visit and to tell him of the news that he and Juliet will be married that very day.
The Friar likes the idea because he believes that the marriage will bring peace between the Capulet’s and Montagues. Romeo says, “That thou consent to marry us today” (Act 2, Scene 3, Line 151). Romeo does not think that maybe he should wait for a little while before marrying a girl he met yesterday. Romeo does not realize the consequences of his decision. When Romeo hears that Juliet has fallen into a deep sleep he immediately thinks she has killed herself because of his banishment. So instead of asking the Friar who is a trusted friend what happened he goes and buys poison.
The poison only works if put in food; Romeo says, “Farewell, buy food and get in flesh” (Act 5, Scene 1, Line 88). Romeo lays himself next to Juliet and dies from the poison but Juliet is only asleep. When Juliet awakes she stabs herself with Romeo’s dagger only to see Romeo dead. The first watchman say, “Rome dead, and Juliet dead before” (Act 5, Scene 3, Line 203). In that instant moment a bond grows between the Capulet’s and Montagues. The parents realize that blood was spilled because of there hatred for one another and because of not seeing future consequences.
Hasty decisions can lead to big consequences and sometimes people are not able to solve the problem before the consequences are give out. In the play “Romeo and Juliet” hasty decisions were the reasons for there deaths. Romeo did not think of the consequences of going to the party, having a marriage or of drinking the poison. If Romeo thought of the decision before his answer the deaths might have not been as tragic. So does “Everybody sooner or later sits down to a banquet of consequences? ”See More on Romeo and Juliet