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- Romeo is one of the main characters in the play "The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet." His role is that of an innocent son in the middle of a fierce family feud. His, the Montague family, is fiercely opposed to the Capulet family for reasons unknown to the audience. Near the beginning of the story, he falls in love with Juliet, a Capulet. Their love causes a bit of silent chaos and a two deaths. These deaths end up in his banishment from his home town. Eventually, Romeo and Juliet both die due to their love for each other. Romeo has quite a few characteristics that make him a unique person, several of which would lead to his downfall.
- To start off, Romeo is impulsive in his decision-making. At the Capulets’ party in the beginning of the play, he quickly forgets the woman he was in love with for Juliet: "Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight! / For I ne'er saw true beauty till this night." (I.v.52-53.) He later ends up marrying Juliet merely half a day after meeting her at a party. Friar Laurence advises him before he marries Juliet: "Wisely and slow; they stumble that run fast." (II.iii.98.) Romeo disregards this advice later on. Far later in the story, after having heard of Juliet's death, Romeo quickly decides to kill himself; and does moments before Juliet awakes from her fake death. She later does just the same.
- Romeo also has issues with coping with bad situations, often rather wanting to be dead than deal with the situation at hand. Shortly after Tybalt’s death, Romeo comes to Friar Laurence to learn what his fate shall be: "Ha, banishment? Be merciful, say ‘death’ / For exile hath more terror in his look / Much more than death. Do not say ‘banishment.’" (III.iii.13-15.) Later in the story, his abrupt decision after hearing from Balthazar of Juliet's death is to kill himself. Rather than take a harder path and deal with Juliet's (fake) death, he decides to go with her. This causes her early death as well, as she shares the same personality trait with Romeo.
- Finally, and on a more positive note, Romeo is very romantic. Perhaps too romantic - as his romance would later influence some bad decisions. A clear sign of his romantic tendencies can be seen after the party, when he sees Juliet approach a lighted window: "What light through yonder window breaks? / It is the east and Juliet is the sun!" (II.ii.2-3.) Throughout the play, Romeo spends most or all of his time thinking of Juliet, even during duels and while banished from Verona. Before Balthazar informs him of Juliet’s death, Romeo says this to him: "How fares my Juliet? That I ask again, / For nothing can be ill if she be well," (V.i.15-16.) Later, even by Juliet’s ‘dead’ body, Romeo stays romantic as ever. He tells Juliet of his love for her and kisses her before killing himself.
- To wrap things up, Romeo is a romantic character, who's quick to decide and poor at dealing when his decisions don't agree with him. Were he free of any one of these traits, he may find himself free of the burden of death at the end of the story. However, these three traits seem to conspire against him, all hand-in-hand leading to his death.
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