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Kaoli HenrriquezMs. Alba LiteratureJanuary 2018Don’t Rush!Romeo and Juliet is a novel of young, prohibited love with tragedy. In which it talks about destiny and free will. A tragic hero is ‘basically good’ but has a ‘fatal flaw’ that when combined with other outside elements, leads to his collapse. If Romeo is a tragic hero, what is his fatal flaw and how might this alter what the play says about Free Will?  Free will according to Merriam Webster is “the act or power of making one’s own choices or decisions”. In other words, Free Will is the ability to make our own decisions in our life that could indirectly affect others as well. Considering all the aspects that Romeo needs to change, one of the major flaws that could be considered as Romeo’s ‘fatal flaw’ is that he lets his emotions control him and take action over him. His recklessness and his immatureness lead him to make desperate decisions. Romeo’s impulsive way of acting, the circumstances he was into and the stress he had on him lead him to a tragic outcome. He is not able to control this feeling of impulsiveness so this affects the way he thinks and the way he processes the important decisions he needs to make about Juliet. This affects the idea that the characters in the story had Free Will and it was not fated happening to them, this idea that Romeo can’t control all of this impulsiveness shows that fate is what is in charge on the play.Romeo is desperate for loveAct one, Scene one, Line 215. “Benvolio. Be ruled by me. Forget to think of her./ Romeo. O, teach me how I should forget to think.” Rosaline, a girl Romeo was desperately in love with, was opposed to love and marriage. Romeo excluded himself of everybody when he found out about this. He would not sleep and he would show signs that it was a stressful and depressive time for him. He thought he was not going to find another girl like Rosaline until she saw Juliet at that party and he fell in love with her and it was `love at first sight´. The young and tenacious Romeo was not able to control his suddenness and made decisions according to what he thought was right and those choices lead him and Julie to an unfortunate outcome and this affected the people around them in terrible ways. Act two, Scene three, Line 65. “Friar Laurence. Holy Saint Francis! What a change is here!/ Is Rosaline, that thou didst love so dear,/ So soon forsaken? Young men’s love then lies/ Not truly in their hearts, but in their eyes./ Jesu Maria!” There were people telling Romeo that probably he didn’t even like Juliet by her personality, that probably it was by her looks,  rather than by her heart.Romeo did not follow adviceAct two, Scene three, Lie 90.  “Friar Laurence. Wisely. and slow. They stumble that run fast” Romeo was told that the ones who run fast “stumble” and is a metaphor that you should not rush things under general circumstances or you could make bad decisions that would have consequences that might affect you and the people nearby you.  when you rush things you do what you think is right or what other people want you to do (peer pressure) either both are wrong every important and life-changing decision should be taken care step by step. Friar Laurence gave two pieces of advice to Romeo  “Friar Laurence. Therefore love moderately: long love doth so; / Too swift arrives as tardy as too slow.” Friar told Romeo not to rush. Again! That he should not rush things with Juliet. Friar Laurence said that you should love in a moderate way because fast love might be dangerous as slow would have the same effect. He told that to Romeo but Romeo still did not stop for a minute to think that what he was doing or was going to do (marry Juliet)  could lead him to consequences for both of them and not just for them it was going to affect the ones around them.Lust, No LoveAct two, Scene two, Line 68 “Romeo. And what love can do, that dares love attempts me./ Therefore thy kinsmen are no let to me. ” He said this in the balcony scene when he went to the Capulet’s house just to see Juliet this he did not care about the consequences he could have if they caught him. He is really self-centered he just cared about the fulfillment of the lust rather than what could happen if he was caught. Lust because Romeo didn’t really fell in love with the personality of Juliet it was more of looks and beauty rather than personality. “Romeo. Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight!/ For I ne’er saw true beauty till this night.” Romeo is comparing love and beauty.He says that he has never seen “true beauty” until she saw juliet. Romeo is loving somebody without even talking to her, just by looking at her. Some might say it’s `love at first sight´ but I believe that Romeo just liked Juliet by her looks and her body.

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