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Romeo and Juliet - domestic tragedy

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Introduction

Romeo and Juliet Romeo and Juliet was written by William Shakespeare, it is among his many other tragedies such as, "Macbeth" and "Hamlet.". "Romeo and Juliet" is one of the most tragic Shakespeare's plays. In the prologue, Romeo and Juliet are referred to as star-crossed lovers who are destined for death. In Shakespeare's other tragedies, such as "Macbeth and "Hamlet", although these characters are destined to die, the kind of tragedy is different, Romeo and Juliet is a domestic tragedy, although the other characters influence the outcome of the final tragedy, only a small group of people are affected. However, in "Macbeth" and "Hamlet", the tragedy is political; the outcome affects the entire country. A tragic hero must be from a noble, royal or a rich family; they must possess a flaw that will eventually be their downfall. Other people influence the outcome of the hero and after the hero and his friend's etc die, peace is then returned. The play follows Romeo, the main character; he is the tragic hero of the story, however he isn't the kind of character we expect to be a hero Romeo, from the beginning of the play, is portrayed as an ...read more.

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He rushed into marriage with Juliet without thinking about the consequences. This inexorably led to his and Juliet's death along with friends and family. Romeo is well thought of and loved by all who know him, even his enemy Capulet speaks highly of him to Tybalt. "Verona brags of him as a virtuous and well-governed youth." Through the other characters' relationships with Romeo, we begin to think of him more as the hero of the story. Benvolio persuades Romeo to gatecrash the Capulet party which is where he meets Juliet. At this point, Romeo has entirely forgotten about Rosaline, and even though he found out that Juliet is a Capulet he still loves her which reveals that this time he truly is in love. Juliet also feels the same way about Romeo even though she is only fourteen years old. "My only love sprung from my only hate. Too early seen unknown; and known too late." This scene leads on to revealing Romeo's fatal flaw. Hubris was Macbeth's weakness and procrastination led Hamlet to his downfall. And the worse part is that if he had have acted sooner he could've saved many other people from dying. ...read more.

Conclusion

After avenging Mercutio, Romeo was banished to Mantua, because of this; Juliet had gone to Friar Lawrence for help because Capulet was forcing Juliet to marry the Noble Count Paris. Friar Lawrence told Juliet to make peace with her parents then take the concoction that will make her seem dead for a day then Romeo shall come and take her away to Mantua. She agreed. However, Friar Lawrence's letter couldn't get delivered to Romeo because of an outbreak of the plague so Romeo didn't know whether Juliet was truly dead or not. Fearing that Romeo will do something drastic, he tries to send another letter although in vain as Romeo had already received news of the death and was making his way back to Verona. Balthazar had told Romeo the news. "Then she is well and nothing can be ill, Her body sleeps in Capel's monument." Romeo buys some poison but refers to it as "Cordial", he uses this term because medicine is usually helpful and it will help him to be by Juliet's side again in death. "Come cordial, and not poison, go with me. To Juliet's grave, for there I must use thee." Romeo makes his way to Capulet's tomb to die beside Juliet. ...read more.

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