A simple flaw can be more fatal than death itself. In The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, this becomes apparent to the reader in many cases. Romeo is a very flawed character whose impulsive behavior led to the death of not only himself but also his beloved Juliet. Romeo quickly changing his undying love he felt with Rosaline to Juliet without any remorse, later when he kills Tybalt without thinking of the consequences, and again when he learns of Juliet’s death.
Romeo’s hasty attitude plays a huge role in his life, and this shows just before Romeo is about to enter the Capulet uninvited without thinking much about it.
At first, Romeo goes to the party to see his thought-to-be love Rosaline, but than quickly changes his love from Rosaline to Juliet at his first sight of the beautiful Capulet. “Is she a Capulet? / O dear account! My life is my foe’s debt” (I, iv, 118- 119).
Romeo knowing that Juliet is a Capulet, knowing his life is in the hands of his enemy, decides to put this aside because his love is too strong for her. This is a great example of Romeo’s impulsiveness. If Romeo was not quick to take these actions, Romeo and Juliet would have never met. This would make both of their lives a lot easier.
This is not the only time Romeo’s impulsiveness takes a big impact in his life. Later, Mercutio, Romeo’s friend and Tybalt, Juliet’s cousin have an argument and start to fight one another. One thing leads to another and Tybalt ends up accidentally stabbing Mercutio with his sword. Romeo thinks this is his fault seeing that he was trying to hold Mercutio back at the time. When Mercutio is stabbed by Tybalt he acts like he isn’t hurt, that it is just a small scratch, while the truth is indeed he is greatly injured.
Mercutio dies in front of Romeo and Romeo’s impulsiveness kicks in immediately. Alive in triumph-and Mercutio slain! / Away to heaven, respective lenity, / and fired-eyed fury be my conduct now. / Now, Tybalt, take the “villain” back again / that late thou gravest me, for Mercutio’s soul / is but a little way above our heads, / Staying for thrine to keep him company. / Either thou or I, or both, must go with him. ” (III, i, 84-92) Romeo saying this is a great example of his fatal flaw. Instead of thinking through what he wants to do about Tybalt killing Mercutio, he quickly jumps to his fight and has a fight with Tybalt. Romeo ends up killing Tybalt, making every matter worse.
Romeo was very mad that Tybalt killed his friend Mercutio, but if he took a minute to think of his actions before doing it he would have been better off. Romeo’s impulsiveness does not only cause the love to Juliet, or the killing of Tybalt, but Romeos impulsive character causes possible the biggest mistake of his life. After killing Tybalt, Romeo is banished from Verona. He is told that he is lucky not to be killed for his actions. Romeo does not think that way at all, as Romeo stats he would rather be dead than have to live without his sweet Juliet.
Friar Lawrence and Juliet think of a plan to get Romeo and Juliet back together. The night before Juliet’s weeding to Paris, she must drink a potion that will make her appear dead. After she is laid to rest to rest in the family’s crypt, Romeo will come and save her so they can live free together. The weeding unexpectedly gets moved a day earlier. Juliet drinks her potion the day before the weeding and goes on with the plan. The problem is Romeo hears only of Juliet’s death, the message of Juliet pretending to be dead did not get to him in time.
Romeo quickly goes to Juliet’s tomb to see her, but he finds Paris there as well. Romeo and Paris fight and Romeo kills him out of rage. “Wilt thou provoke me? Then have at thee, boy! ” (V, iii, 78) Romeo then takes a look at Juliet’s body for the very last time. Romeo drinks the potion to kill himself, but not before he kisses Juliet one last time. Soon after, Juliet wakes up but only to see Romeo’s dead body lying next to her. She, like Romeo cannot live without him and stabs herself with Romeo’s dagger. Romeo’s impulsive behavior not only took his life, but also his true love Juliet.