Romeo's Tragic Flaw

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Autumn Struhar
Ms. Duffy
Honors English 9
17 February 2012
Romeo’s Tragic Flaw
“O, I am fortune’s fool!”(III.i.131) In the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, Romeo could’ve had a fairly happy ending if he didn’t commit suicide right after Juliet’s “death.” Romeo and Juliet tells the story about the long time rivalry between two families in Verona, the Capulets and the Montegues. From these two familes came young Juliet and Romeo that end up falling into a forbidden love, that ended with their suicides. Throughout the play Romeo tends to act quickly and impulsively so that his actions are not thought out thoroughly. He has a very emotional personality that causes him to become sad and depressed often. If Romeo could have controlled his emotions, there might not have been a tragedy at all. In Shakespeare’s play, Romeo exhibits the unfortunate flaw of rashness which later causes his death. In this play, Romeo is always in love, and when he falls in love, he does not think about anything else. Act I of the play portrays an ardent love Romeo has for the gorgeous Rosaline who refuses to love him. “Away from light steals home my heavy son/ and private in his chamber pens himself.”(I.1.133-134) He wandered around looking and acting depressed because Rosaline was not interested in him. His moping illustrates how naïve he was. Then Act II, the same day, he was in love with Juliet. “The exchange of thy love’s faithful vow for mine.” (II.ii.127) Romeo and Juliet did not know each other for a full day before Romeo proposed and they moved quickly into their relationship deciding to get married the next day. The Friar tried to convince Romeo that his love was not true, for he always changes his mind about the love of his life. But Romeo did not change his mind and is wed with Juliet. Romeo’s affection for Rosaline and Juliet expresses that Romeo falls in and out of love too quickly and easily.

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