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The Tragic hero Coursework For my English coursework I have been asked to study the famous play 'Romeo and Juliet' it is about two star crossed lovers destined to die. Romeo and Juliet is one of Shakespeare's domestic tragedies not a political tragedy like 'Macbeth' and 'Hamlet', the difference is that a domestic tragedy affects only those involved or close family or friends, but a political tragedy affects a whole nation. An example of a political tragedy would be, Macbeth because he had to kill so many people to make sure he didn't get caught killing the king that it leads to him being attacked by his own army. A tragic hero should be of high but not perfect standing, Romeo acquires this characteristic, We know this because he is well thought of by his enemies as we see this in the party scene as Capulet tells Tybalt to leave him alone and also Capulet knows who he is but doesn't tell him to leave 'Content thee, gentle coz, let him alone'. ...read more.

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The flaw is partly responsible for his downfall because a tragic hero chooses one course of action over another, in Romeos case if he hadn't killed Tybalt he wouldn't have been banished and he and Juliet wouldn't have died, also Romeo knew that the penalty for murder was execution 'Romeo slew him; he slew Mercutio. Who now the prince of his dear blood doth owe?' Macbeth is another example of this because he has to commit further murders to cover up the ones he's already committed. Romeo also ignores the premonition he has and attends the party, if he hadn't Romeo and Juliet would have both had different outcomes. Romeo kills Tybalt aware of the penalty, and at the end of the play he commits suicide without waiting and if he had he would've been with Juliet. External influences also contribute to the downfall; Benvolio and Mercutio persuade Romeo to go to the party where he meets Juliet. Both the teenagers' families play a large part because if they hadn't feuded then Romeo and Juliet wouldn't have had to hide there love for each other. ...read more.

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As for Romeo when he kills Tybalt the punishment should be death, but he only got banishment which is a very lenient punishment, but ultimately he doesn't deserve to die at the end of the play, and the audience must be not left feeling that he did deserve to die. There is a catharsis at the end of the play when Romeo and Juliet both die and the situation is finally resolved. It is also tragic in Macbeth when he dies but Malcolm becomes king and the rightful bloodline is restored. In Romeo and Juliet the feud is ended but innocent victims are killed, and the bloodline is ended. So does Romeo possess all the characteristics of a tragic hero? Yes I think he does acquire most of them because his flaw is partly responsible for his downfall, but he doesn't have a major flaw like Macbeth, just lots of minor ones. I don't think Romeo possesses as many of the characteristics as Macbeth or Hamlet they both acquire all the characteristics. By Aimee Butler ...read more.

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