Impulsivity In Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet

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Romantic. Spontaneous. Reckless. These are all words that describe the protagonist in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. However, these traits ultimately lead to Romeo’s death, as they are merely twisted forms of his fatal flaw: impulsivity. Romeo’s personality takes sharp turns throughout the play as rash decisions are made and their consequences start to take form. Shakespeare portrays Romeo’s impulsivity through his attitudes toward Rosaline and Juliet, as well as his change in tone and humour throughout the play. Shakespeare sets the stage with an atmosphere full of unbalance and tension to drive Romeo to make impulsive decisions, leading the plot to spiral out of control and Romeo to bring his own demise. In the play, Romeo seeks the attention

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