Romeo a Hero?

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At the beginning of the play Romeo is respected by others and is shown in the play as a good person; faithful to his friends and relations, and not easily aggravated. Romeo is of noble birth; part of the powerful Montague family and heir of Lord Montague. He is thought highly of by the Nurse and is described to be a virtuous gentleman. ‘An honest gentleman, and a courteous, and a kind, and a handsome, and I warrant a virtuous.’ Juliet describes Romeo as ‘gentle’ and ‘faithful’, she thinks of him as a respectable man and more than worthy for her hand in marriage. Romeo has many good friends who think highly of him but even Lord Capulet, an enemy and a rival to Romeo and the house of Montague, describes Romeo as a ‘portly gentleman’ and a ‘virtuous and well-govern’d youth.’

It could be argued that Romeo’s tragic flaw is his impetuous nature, that his lack of thought before action in the end costs him both his life and Juliet’s. Near the beginning of the play Romeo and Benvolio decide to go on the spur of the moment to the ball. This meant that Romeo would meet Juliet and fall in love with her. Straight after the ball, Romeo goes to the Capulet household to sneak a word with Juliet. At this time Romeo, without considering the consequences, asks Juliet to marry him. ‘Th’exchange of thy love’s faithful vow for mine.’ His impetuousness continues the next morning as he asks the friar if he would marry them that day. ‘That thou consent to marry us today.’ Later in the play Romeo kills Tybalt as revenge for the murder of his friend Mercutio. He does not consider the consequences until afterwards and his misjudgement results in his banishment from Verona. However it could also be argued that Romeo is ruled by fate and is destined to die alongside Juliet in a heavenly attempt to stop the family feud. Romeo makes an irreversible mistake in his fight with Tybalt to take revenge for Mercutio’s murder. It ends in Tybalt’s death and Romeo is...
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