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Romeo does have flaws. He is in love with being in love and lives too much in the moment. Whatever emotion he is experiencing at a particular moment becomes the be-all and end-all of his life. Like many adolescents, he can't seem to think even a few days ahead of the all-important now.

This flaw first emerges, rather comically, in his love for Rosaline. When she won't return his love, he moons around, worrying his father. When his friends suggest a visit to the Capulet ball, he agrees unwillingly to go. He says there is no possible way he could ever think of any other girl in the world other than Rosaline. However, he has hardly been at the Capulet's two minutes when he falls helplessly, hopelessly in love with Juliet. Rosaline is utterly forgotten.

This impulsive trend continues. Not only does Romeo now consider Juliet every woman in the world—along with better than the sun and all the stars in the sky put together—he wants to marry her the next day and won't rest until this happens. A more sensible person might say, "let's slow down and get to know each other better," but that is not Romeo's way.

This leads to Romeo's destruction when he finds Juliet seemingly dead. Rather than take time to reflect and try to think through a sensible plan of action, he acts out of the emotion of the moment and kills himself. Ironically, Juliet isn't even dead.

Romeo takes to an extreme the concept of love at first sight and acting immediately on one's desires. The friar warns him to slow down and not let his passion burn too bright, but Romeo is not structured to listen to that kind of advice.

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Romeo's main flaw in Romeo and Juliet is his tendency to be unrealistically romantic. We can see from how he talks about his previous love, Rosaline, that he idealizes women and loves to wallow in his own misery. When he's talking to Benvolio about Rosaline in Act 1, Scene 1, compares losing Rosaline to going blind. Benvolio also mentions to Romeo's parents earlier in that same scene that Romeo has been wandering in the woods weeping every day since being rejected by Rosaline. His temperament is clearly dramatic, and Shakespeare intends us to draw the conclusion that Romeo is not ready for love at this point. When he later meets Juliet, she begins to make him act more practically, just as Romeo inspires Juliet to be more romantic. She quips at him that he kisses "by th' book," meaning that he is being very conventional in his courtship. She also makes him vow to marry her before she will exchange vows of love with him in the balcony scene. In this way, the two lovers help each other overcome their flaws, forming a complementary relationship. 

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