|Reading Log| Romeo and Juliet: The Reckless

How did 2.1 and 2.2 change or cement your views on Romeo and Juliet?

Romeo and Juliet's interactions in 2.1 and 2.2 further exposes their rash characters. For example, Romeo decides to camp out in front of Juliet's balcony during the night and just wait for her to come out so he can catch a glimpse of her. Now, there are may issues regarding this ruthless act. One big question is how did he even find know where Juliet's room is? I mean, he knows where she lives because he crashed Capulet's party but how did he manage to find out where her room was located. And even Juliet was a bit confused because one of the first things she said to him was "'[how] camest thou hither, tell me, and wherefore?'" Or in other words, how did you find me and why are you here. 

Furthermore, it shows Romeo's reckless behaviour because he didn't even stop to think about the consequences of his actions if he were to be caught at Capulet's house in the middle of the night creeping on Juliet as she spoke to herself on her balcony. As Juliet stated if the Capulets saw him "they will murder thee." And Romeo being the romantic Romeo he is, says that if her eyes "look thou but sweet" he will be "proof against their enmity." Not only is he putting way too much faith into love, or a love that is most likely going to fall apart quickly, he is also putting a lot of trust into Juliet because he trusts her too look at him with sweet adoring eyes. Both which are not the smartest moves to pull. Juliet is perfect for Romeo because she also has the same impulsive behaviour as Romeo. At their second meeting she basically agrees to marry Romeo as a symbol of her love for him. Normally, a kiss or a simple "I love you" would do the job but Juliet just decides to give her hand in marriage because she loves Romeo that much.

Juliet needs to get her priorities straight.


Junior C said...

I totally see your point in them being way too rash, they are only meeting for the second time and they want each other's hand in marriage. I also like your point of view that they are perfect for each other. I have never seen it that way, I always thought of it as them both being rash, and that being a bad thing. But I've never seen it as they are BOTH being rash, meaning they have the same rash behavior deep down.

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