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The Fatal Flaws Of The Calamitous Characters Of William Shakespeare´S Romeo & Juliet

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There are many different types of trees, each one just a little different to the next. Some are ugly, some are tall, some do not contain any leaves at all. The human personality also holds many branches that live, each dissimilar from the next, each with a separate function that it gives. When all of the leaves are viewed from afar, the combined image is spectacular, but when observed from up close, the flaws are gaping, and even gross. The human personality works the same, for at first glance people are flawless, but when examined deeper and more personally, it can be seen how these flaws define who a person really happens to be for the worst. One sickly imperfection can slowly kill a whole tree, just like one hideous trait can ruin a whole person. Even in literature characters carry flaws, and William Shakespeare in particular is able to skillfully exaggerate and display how imperfections create impact. The clear flaws of Tybalt’s hot headedness, Juliet’s naiveté, and Friar Laurence’s big ego all contribute to the epic conclusion of Romeo and Juliet.
Tybalt’s fervent temper is able to cause a number of plot-changing events in the play. Tybalt consistently proves to be a man of not only aggressive, but violent nature. The first signs of Tybalt’s hot headedness come up while the Capulet family is hosting their luxurious ball. While Romeo is enjoying himself, Tybalt confesses, “This, by his voice, should be a Montague.../To strike him dead I hold it not a sin...” (1.5.53-58). Clearly unhappy about the boy’s attendance, Tybalt makes a statement that reveals how morbid his mind thinks. Outraged, Tybalt proceeds to bring up the issue with Lord Capulet, communicating, “I’ll not endure him” (1.5.74), and an annoyed Lord Capulet who dismisses any action, states in return, “He shall be endured.../be quiet or... /I’ll make you quiet” (1.5.75-83). In this instance, Tybalt’s flaw of being a hothead only caused stress for Lord Capulet and minor disturbance to the festivities. This occurrence, however, does ignites a fire of hatred inside of Tybalt for his opponent Romeo that he will feel the need to extinguish later on. This example only gives the audience a teasing taste for what is about to happen as a result of Tybalt’s short temper. Fast forwarding to act three, Tybalt’s impulsive behavior is far more drastic and impactful to the play this time around. At the town square of Verona, Tybalt and his compatriots run into Mercutio and Romeo. Still infuriated by Romeo’s presence at his family’s ball, Tybalt decides to vent his anger by challenging Romeo to battle him. When Romeo backs away, Mercutio steps in and fights with Tybalt. After a while of fighting, the distressed Romeo steps in to break it up, but, “Tybalt, reaching under Romeo’s arm, stabs Mercutio and flees” (3.1.82). Mercutio announces that, “I am hurt” (3.1.83), and eventually dies. After witnessing his friend be slaughtered, Romeo seeks revenge on Tybalt, and subsequently slays the murderer of...

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