What Are Romeo And Juliet's Flaws

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The Fatal Flaws of Romeo Have you ever loved someone so much that you would be willing to give your life to be with them? In Shakespeare’s compelling play, Romeo and Juliet, that was the decision that Romeo and Juliet had to make. Romeo and Juliet were born into families that had been hostile toward each other for generations. When Romeo, a member of the Montague family, met Juliet, of the Capulet family, he immediately wanted to marry her despite their opposing families. Juliet’s father, Lord Capulet, had already decided he would marry her off to Paris, a member of the Capulet family, so Juliet decided to run away. Then Friar Lawrence, the Priest, made a plan. Juliet would fake her death and Friar would inform Romeo of the…show more content…
Upon seeing Juliet for the first time, he fell completely in love with her. Within his first conversation with Juliet, he confessed his love for her by saying, “I ne’er saw true beauty till this night”(Romeo & Juliet. 1.5.51). He then goes on to propose the idea of marriage, and, later in the play, marries her. The fact that Romeo fails to comply with the rule that a Montague and Capulet cannot marry shows his impulsivity. Juliet only briefly thinks of the difficulty of the two families coming together, but is then drawn back to Romeo’s convincing suggestion. This situation is one of the fatal mistakes that leads to the death of Romeo, Juliet, and many others. In another instance, Tybalt engaged in a fight with Mercutio, Romeo’s best friend, resulting in Mercutio’s death. Mercutio stepped in to take Romeo’s place unaware of the fact that Romeo was now part of the Capulet family and therefore unwilling to fight Tybalt, Juliet’s cousin. When Mercutio died, instead of thinking about what the consequences might be, Romeo slayed Tybalt instantly. Once Prince, the county sheriff, found out about the death of Tybalt by Romeo, he banished Romeo from Verona, preventing Romeo from being with Juliet, his new wife. This incident shows that Romeo does not consider what may result from his actions. Instead of thinking of the consequences, he acted on his impulses which cost him dearly in the end. If he had controlled his emotions better,…show more content…
Romeo 's impulsive behavior and perilous love for Juliet proved to be fatal for both of them. If he had been loyal to the Montague family, and resisted his risky love for Juliet, he would have saved both of their lives. In addition, his extreme, unbridled passion for Juliet put both of them in danger. Even though Romeo was primarily responsible for their deaths and others, Friar also contributed to the deaths of both Romeo and Juliet. By allowing Romeo’s persuasive words and undying passion for Juliet to persuade him to go along with the wedding, he put them both in a risky situation which led to their demise. Even though both Romeo and Friar hoped for a happy ending with the Montagues and Capulets, it did not end up that way. Despite their good intentions, both characters contributed to the deaths in this tragic play. All of the mistakes made prove enemies can never be
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