The Tragedy of Romeo
In his play The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare characterizes that the character Romeo is a tragic hero. A tragic hero is a main character who is born noble, has great influence and has one or more fatal weakness that leads to his or her downfall. This fatal weakness is called a tragic flaw. A tragic flaw is a weakness which causes the tragic hero to make a fatal mistake. Shakespeare supports the idea that Romeo is a tragic hero in order to show Romeo is a true tragic hero throughout his play.
To be a tragic hero the character must be born into a noble family. In The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, Romeo was born into the Montague family in Verona. The Montague are a well known and respected family. The Montague were proven they were of noble birth when Romeo’s cousin, Benvolio, says “My noble uncle” in act 1, scene 1, line 141. When Benvolio cousin says this he is referring to his uncle, Lord Montague, which is Romeo’s father thus showing he is noble.
Another characteristic of a tragic hero is the hero must have a tragic flaw. Romeo’s tragic flaw is that he falls in love to deeply and quickly. This is proven in the beginning, in act 1, scene 1, line 162 when Romeo says “Not having that which makes having short”. Romeo says this referring to Rosaline, it shows how deeply in love he was with her. Also, in the next scene he quickly falls in love with Juliet. This is proven when Romeo says “For I ne’er saw true beauty till this night” in Act 1, scene 5, line 52. Romeo says this when he first sees Juliet at the Capulet party. Juliet also realizes Romeo’s quickness in falling in love in Act 2,Scene 2,lines 117-118 when she says “It is too rash, too undis’d too sudden”. She means in this line, that Romeo falling in love with her was too quick and sudden. At the end of the play Romeo dies because of Juliet. Proving that this was his tragic flaw.
Romeos death in the play had a great impact on his...