Booth 1 Jennifer Booth Mr. Cullen Honors English 9, Period 9 24 April 2019 Romeo’s Tragic Flaw The tragic flaw of the main character in a tragedy often leads to the downfall of this character. William Shakespeare wrote the play, The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet during which the main character Romeo possesses a tragic flaw which is his impulsiveness. The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet is defined as a tragedy because during a tragedy the main character experiences a downfall due to their tragic flaw or their inability to cope with certain circumstances. Impulsiveness, which is Romeo’s flaw, is defined as a tendency to act on a whim, and displaying behavior characterized by little or no forethought, reflection, or consideration of the consequences. In the play, the Montagues and the Capulets are sworn enemies who live in the town of Verona, Italy. Romeo a Montague, falls in love with Juliet, who is a Capulet, which creates the main conflict of the play. Both Romeo and Juliet are desperate to be together and they marry one day after meeting. Throughout the rest of the play Romeo makes multiple impulsive decisions that often end terribly for him and those involved. This tragedy does not have a positive outcome for either Romeo or Juliet since they both die due to suicide. Romeo is the tragic hero of this tragedy and his tragic flaw of impulsiveness is shown through his views and actions towards his feelings of love, his acts of murder and threats of violence, and his suicidal thoughts and actions. The first way Romeo shows his tragic flaw of impulsiveness is through his views and actions towards his feelings of love. At the beginning of the play before Romeo meets Juliet he
Booth 2 was in love with a girl whose name is Rosaline. However, while Romeo loves Rosaline she does not love him back, which is devastating to Romeo. Benvolio asks Romeo one day during a conversation why he looks so depressed and Romeo tells him about Rosaline. Benvolio gives the advice to Romeo to attempt to forget about Rosaline, by looking at other women. This is when Romeo says, “‘Tis the way / to call hers, exquisite in the question more” (1.1.225-26). He also says, “Farewell. Thou canst not teach me to forget” (1.1.234). The first quote means that by looking at other girls it will only make Romeo remember how gorgeous Rosaline is and how much he loves her but how he can not have her. The second quote means that Romeo will not be able to forget how beautiful Rosaline is and he challenges Benvolio to teach him how to forget about Rosaline. Even though Romeo’s feelings for Rosaline are not reciprocated by Rosaline he still loves her and refuses to move on. He is deeply in love with her and he believes that he will not ever be able to love anyone else ever again after loving her. This shows impulsiveness because it shows how quickly Romeo falls in love and it also shows that he does not think he will ever love again. However, the readers know that this is not the case. When Romeo attends
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- Romeo and Juliet, Mercutio, Tragedy of Romeo, Romeo’s Tragic Flaw