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Is Romeo and Juliet a Tragedy??

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Is Romeo and Juliet a Tragedy?? In recent times the word tragedy has been commonly used to describe tragic events, such as an untimely death etc. However the word tragedy should be used in the context of describing or discussing a tragic drama. When researched the word "tragedy" can be traced back to the Greek and Latin languages where it gives the definition, "Drama of elevated theme, with an unhappy ending". So, if Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy, then it must conform to following rules, it should, include a noble figure (or figures) with whom we feel sympathy. Include a tragic hero/ heroine who make an impossible decision allowing us to pity or fear for them. This tragic hero/ heroine generally has a flaw in their character, which the character unwisely ignores, leading to their own fall or death. The audience may well deem the tragic figure as doomed by fate, however the defiance shown by the character demonstrates courage. Due to the character's suffering and distress, they begin to learn more about themselves including their flaws! In numerous cases the tragic figures death brings about reconcilement of any divisions prior to the characters death, which makes the end of the tragedy somewhat positive despite the fact that a death has only recently taken place. ...read more.


Juliet is faced by dreadful events leading to pity after the previously mentioned event, as Romeo has been exiled much to her dismay, her parents take this as to be grief for her late cousin. To enliven Juliet they go against their previous decision and let her marry Paris, however as we know she is already married and she cries for Romeo not Tybalt. This I do pity Juliet for as everything mentioned was out of her hands and she has to take the consequences. Do we fear for them as a surviving couple? In my opinion we arn't given enough time to, hence one minute they are married and Romeo gets exiled and the next minute a plan is hatched out to re-unite them! Going even deeper into the characters minds, is identifying flaws. Romeo, I feel is the tragic figure with most flaws and the easiest of them to identify is his youthful inexperience, shown throughout the play in various events, such as, right in the beginning Romeo Is in love with Roseline "". and he thinks he always will be, funny thing is, she is like an upper class whore and it doesn't take someone like Einstein to realise it would never work! ...read more.


Despite the deaths of the youthful star crossed lovers, one good thing came out of it. From the beginning to the end of the play I feel there were strong feeling present and at the end I did feel calm because everything was settled and nothing else bad could possibly happen! Although in the way I have presented that sentence I feel it give s the impression I was happy with the play when I wasn't what so ever. So it does live up to this point. Which once again I am left in a comfortable position to write my conclusion, as I stated above, I was not in any way happy with the play and for me it was a huge let down. As the play is extremely popular and almost legendary as being one of the "great Shakespeare's" best ever plays I was expecting much more. However it isn't whether I like play but about the initial question, is Romeo and Juliet a Tragedy? Well, it meets all the points including, number 2, I just didn't feel in that point enough emphasis was shown and generally there needed to be more throughout the play but the answer is yes, it is. ...read more.

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