Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is a true Aristotelian tragedy because both Romeo and Juliet possess a tragic flaw, a catastrophe takes place in which both characters meet a tragic death, and the audience is aroused with pity and fear. Romeo’s tragic flaw impetuousness causes him to make decisions quickly, which contributes to his tragic death. Romeo acts with haste when he marries Juliet, not after knowing her for at least twenty-four hours. Juliet tells Romeo, “It is too rash, too unadvised, too sudden, / Too like the lightning” (II, ii, 118-120). One can see that even Juliet recognizes Romeo’s impetuousness and questions if they are moving their relationship forward too quickly and hastily.
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The struggles they are going through to see each other are enough to take ones life. The flaws of Romeo and Juliet resulted in a setup for not only their own death, but the death of others. One of the deaths caused by the relationship between Romeo and Juliet is the death of Mercutio. Mercutio is kinsman to the prince and good friends with Romeo. As Romeo enters onto the stage, Tybalt starts to speak about love to Romeo.
He seems to blame fate or unlucky misfortune for almost everything that goes wrong after he kills Tybalt, and realises the seriousness of his action, he prefers to blame fate rather than himself, "O, I am fortune's fool" Romeo was banished for killing Tybalt, which could have been the biggest mistake he made. It therefore meant he could no longer see his beloved Juliet without the risk of him being caught. Though this was a huge mistake, I do not think Romeo can be blamed for killing Tybalt, as Tybalt was determined to fight Romeo until death. When he refused, Romeo's closest friend Mercutio steeped in and drew his sword. Romeo intervened to try to stop them from warfare, but according to Mercutio (who was now dying) gave Tybalt the opportunity to kill him, "I was hurt under your arm".
The metaphoric reference to the word “plague” also consolidates the occurrence of tragedy and expresses the destruction of love in the play. Romeo’s line “I do protest I never injured thee, but love thee better than thou canst devise” highlights Romeo’s desire to end the conflict with Tybalt. However, he is unsuccessful. This depicts the struggle of love when confronted by deep seated hatred. As we can see, the impact of the families’ feud has lead to Tybalt’s hatred against Romeo (and all Montagues), and leads to the death of Mercutio, which in terms lead us to the advent of tragedy.
/ Call me but love, and I’ll be new baptized. / Hen... ... middle of paper ... ...s tragically. In essence, Romeo greatest flaw in the book was his impulsiveness and his habit to be very pushy. The tragedy from the book was then, the final result of consequential impulsive actions made by a specific character: Romeo. The possibility of tragedy was established with Romeo attending the Capulet’s masque, pushing Juliet to agree to marry him and at last be married.
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Also this quote reveals to the audience Romeo’s hamartia. Since he is too quick and rash it will inevitably lead him to his fatal death; and through this quote you could see where Romeo went wrong and how it will greatly affect him. Furthermore Romeo leads the audience to believe that he is just infatuated by Juliet’s looks; due to the fact he was strongly in love with Rosaline and then all of sudden falls in love with Juliet and forgets about Rosaline which he claimed to be his one and only love. “Young men’s love then lies Not truly in their hearts, but in their eyes.”(II.III.65). This quote that Friar Lawrence states planted into the readers mind that Romeo might not be truly in love but rather infatuated.
Throughout the play, many characters exhibit evil and distrust. These villainous traits clash head on with their polar opposites, and this leads to the death and destruction of the innocent. Superficially, it would seem as though this play, with all of its tragedy, does not uphold the sanctity of love, loyalty and devotion. However, under closer examination of the love and death of Desdemona and Othello, it becomes evident that Shakespeare is indeed supporting the strength and virtue of love. Though the lives of these characters, and thus the play, end tragically, the nature of their deaths speaks a message of invincible love.