Argument Paper for Romeo and Juliet

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Hastiness: The Culprit Who or what is responsible for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet? The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet is a play written by William Shakespeare. The narrative is about two young people who fell in love at first sight amid a feud between their families. Because of the feud between their families, it caused an appalling tragedy to occur and it changed lives forever. The human condition of hastiness caused the deaths of Romeo and Juliet in the play. Some may argue that Friar Laurence is responsible for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet because of the decisions that he made such as agreeing to marry the young couple, giving Juliet the potion to fake her death, and keeping her plan of Juliet’s fake death to himself. These reasons are valid as to why many would think Friar Laurence was most responsible for their deaths but the human condition of hastiness far outweighs Friar Laurence. The human condition of hastiness is more responsible for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet because it influenced the decisions that Romeo, Juliet, and Lord and Lady Capulet made. Friar Lawrence did have some responsibility in the deaths of the two lovers but as many can see, hastiness is by far guiltier than Friar Lawrence. Hastiness had a great influence on characters at various times throughout the play. First, Romeo and Juliet experienced an influence of hastiness when they first met each other and fell in love. “And touching hers, make blessed my rude hand./ Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight!/ For I ne’er saw true beauty till this night/” (1.5.48-50). Romeo was in too much of a hurry to tie the knot with Juliet. Maybe if they’d slowed things down, there could’ve been a happy ending to the play. Then, Juliet encountered hastiness when she didn’t know what to do about the news that she was to marry Paris, so she visited Friar seeking advice. “Well, thou hast
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