Tragic Flaws

Topics: Romeo and Juliet, Characters in Romeo and Juliet, Juliet Capulet Pages: 2 (449 words) Published: April 7, 2013
Inconsiderate Impulsiveness
One of the most well-known proverbs is curiosity kills the cat; however, a more relative saying concerning the tragedy, Romeo and Juliet, is impulsiveness kills the protagonists, Romeo and Juliet . The main characters of Shakespeare’s tragedy are constantly swayed on emotional feelings which are their personal tragic flaw. Juliet, Romeo, and Lord Capulet make hasty actions that result in the upcoming tragedy of the play. To begin with, there is no doubt that Juliet portrays strong characteristics of impulsiveness. Juliet finds herself deeply love-struck by Romeo after only meeting him a few hours ago, “If that thy bent of love be honourable,/ Thy purpose marriage, send me word to-morrow,/’’ (II.2.149-150). Asking him to marry her, without even knowing each other for twenty-four hours exemplifies that Juliet does not think through her actions. She knows they are rival families yet she feels a passionate emotion that urges her to act on the spur of the moment. Juliet’s tragic flaw leads to a road of lying, confusion, and death. Equally important, Romeo exemplifies his tragic flaw throughout the whole play. One can see by Romeo’s actions that he is still a young teenager who does not think about the consequences. Romeo goes to the Capulet’s party hoping to pine over Rosaline, instead he falls in love with Juliet and cannot bear to leave, “Can I go forward when my heart is here? Turn back, dull earth, and find thy centre out,” (II.1.1-2). Romeo impulsively decides to go back for Juliet because he believes he has to go back where his heart is. Rome quickly forgets about the girl he has been pining over not long ago and impetuously moves onto Juliet and thoughtlessly risks going back to her. The high risk of getting killed by Juliet’s family would stop most people who thought about it, yet Romeo does not care and continues on his spontaneous emotion. Finally, Lord Capulet, Juliet’s overbearing father exhibits impulsiveness...
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