Romeo And Juliet Tragic Flaw

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Braquece Smith English 9-A Ms. Robin 26 April, 2011 Tragic Heroes with Tragic Flaws 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, illustrating 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. Romeo and Juliet failed to analyze their situations, because of their lack of mind and immaturity. If they were mature and understood that there were better ways to go about their situations, most likely, they would have not 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 loathed enemy” (1.5.136). Juliet says these words as she finds out who Romeo is. Earlier, Juliet states that she would rather die than marry any other man. She says this without knowing Romeo’s name. In this quote Juliet is regretting the fact that she has fallen in love with an enemy, a Montague. The “Prodigious birth of love” shows that Juliet has rushed into ‘love’ with a man, of which she has just learned his name. True love comes with time, passion, and effort. Love at first sight is not so much a love of the person, but a love of the person’s looks. When Romeo sees Juliet on the balcony later that night, or possibly the next morning, he exclaims, “It is my lady. O, it is my love” (2.2.10). Romeo speaks these words as he performs a soliloquy about his ‘love’ for Juliet and her beauty. Romeo calls Juliet his love before he
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