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A Dose of Immaturity in Romeo and Juliet

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In William Shakespeare's play, Romeo and Juliet, both Romeo and Juliet are tragic heroes with tragic flaws. They both share the same tragic flaw, which is immaturity. This is illustrated when they "fall in love" before even getting to know each other. Also, their immaturity is shown when they fail to think their situation through before getting married without their parents' consent. Romeo's immaturity is what caused him to kill Tybalt; Juliet's immaturity is what caused her father to push her wedding to Paris ahead. If Romeo and Juliet had maturely thought about Romeo's banishment before going to extreme measures to see each other again, they most likely would not have had such a tragic ending.

When Nurse tells Juliet who Romeo is, Juliet says, "My only love sprung from my only hate! Too early seen unknown, and known too late! Prodigious birth of love it is to me that I must love a loathèd enemy" (61). When Romeo sees Juliet on the balcony later that night, or possibly the next morning, he says, "It is my lady. O, it is my love" (69). In real life, two mature people don't know for sure that they've fallen in love after talking for just a few minutes. Their immaturity is shown in these quotes because they think they are in love before they have spent any time together. Perhaps Romeo thinks he loves Juliet because she is the first girl he has approached who seems to like him back. Maybe he just likes her because of her beauty. Either way, if he were mature, he would not think he felt love for her so soon after first laying his eyes upon her. Juliet could think she loves Romeo because she is so used to being kept in her house and has not been exposed to many young men. This most likely causes her to think, since he could be the first boy who has directly flirted with her, that she loves him. Juliet is very immature in suggesting marriage to Romeo, not only because she is a girl, but also because she hasn't introduced him to her parents and because she doesn't...