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Is Romeo a flawed hero?

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Is Romeo a Flawed Hero? The word hero has two meanings, firstly that a person would have to be a brave character and is someone who is courageous. Secondly a hero has to be a main person or character in a story, the "Protagonist". Back in the days of when the play Romeo and Juliet was set, people would think that characters had a balance, like a set of scales. On one side passion and the other reason. A balanced person was meant to have had an equal amount of both. You can get an idea of how flawed Romeo may be by the way that his character is balanced. At the beginning of the play Romeo is absent this is due to him suffering from "love sickness" for Rosaline and he insists "there is no other woman for him" (a sign of immature youth).This explains the confusion that we see in his first conversation with Benvolio. His speech is full of oxymorons and contradictions as he is struggles to make sense of his problems. ...read more.


Romeo's conversation with the Friar in Act II, Scene 3 shows that Romeo has altered as a person, (he shows a new maturity in that he knows what he wants i.e. marriage and he also defies the feud which spells trouble and can be seen as a flaw). In Act II Tybalt has challenged Romeo to a duel following their meeting at the ball. Juliet's nurse arrives to hear Romeo's plans for the wedding. Juliet goes to confession, meets Romeo at the Friar's cell and Romeo and Juliet marry later that day. (The fact that this wedding is a rush job when there are obvious problems with the feuding families shows immaturity, as Romeo is not considering the consequences of his actions). Romeo's good mood is apparent after the wedding (III.1) when he joins his friends on the hot streets of Verona. Tempers are rising in the heat but not that of Romeo. (Here I feel Romeo shows maturity and acts as a peacemaker) He deliberately avoids confrontation with Tybalt to the disappointment of Mercutio until he is drawn into the fight. ...read more.


He meets Paris and offers him a chance to escape. Paris dies like Tybalt before him, a victim of Romeo's rage. He takes his final look and swallows the poison. Romeo was devoted to Juliet and would die to protect her. (He showed a lot of character and maturity and self-control. The language that he uses proves this. "Thus with a kiss I die". It is clear from the language used in the final scene that Romeo was maturer at the end than he was at the beginning). Romeo dies for love and this is the ultimate heroic act. [Shakespeare uses a combination of dramatic scenes and contrasts to get both the audiences attention and setting the scene. The running battle between the families makes an impressive introduction and also establishes the family feud]. Romeo was a flawed hero as pointed out at various stages, but at times his faults were due to his youth and lack of experience of life. He did mature by the end of the Play which is amazing especially since the timeline of the play lasts for just over four days. Amahl Khan 11 AFC ...read more.

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