Romeo And Juliet Essay

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Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet inadvertently reveals the affects that ones fatal flaw can have. It is believed that everybody has a fatal flaw, Romeo’s flaw is horrendous selfishness while Juliet’s is an extreme tempestuousness. Through the text, Juliet displays her hamartia in many ways, giving a clear view about how Juliet’s fatal flaw affects the course of her life. It helps create an unfortunate cause and effect reaction, where Juliet’s indecisiveness impinges those around her due to her adverse choices. She show’s her knowledge about the possible downfalls of these decisions, yet before she can think about how they may affect those around her, the tempestuous nature in her takes over and she makes unwise choices. The hamartia confine in Juliet’s being ultimately drives her to make decisions on a whim, which turn out to have fatal consequences.

As a girl of 13, one living in this day and age would not expect Juliet capable of making appropriate decisions concerning her future, yet in the setting of the story, it is believed that she is completely able to. This expectation becomes a toxic combination when mixed with Juliet’s failing flaw of being Janus-faced. Juliet wears two different guises, she is first to press the idea of marriage to Romeo though she is aware that it may not be real love. She suggests that Romeo swear his love to her, but then she tells him not to because he could be lying then she states, “If that thy love by honorable, thy propose marriage, send me word tomorrow.” (2.2.45.) Juliet is aware that a marriage to Romeo would cause controversy, despite this, she is the first to propose the idea of a union anyway. Her inconstant ability to rationalize decisions is what leads Juliet to make the first of many detrimental decisions.

Juliet is not only affected by her hamartia in her ability to generate felicitous decisions but also in the respect and views she has of others. Her turbulent behavior allows her to switch between demeanors when it best suits her. For instance, Juliet remarks, “O, she is lame,” (2.5.61.) when her nurse...

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