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What makes Romeo and Juliet a tragedy, and who or what is responsible for it?

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Prateek Bhandari 10C GCSE ENGLISH COURSEWORK - ROMEO AND JULIET What makes Romeo and Juliet a tragedy, and who or what is responsible for it? Tragedy means a form of drama in which the character comes to disaster, as through a flaw in character, and in which the ending is usually marked by pity or sorrow. In Romeo And Juliet, tragedy takes place because two young lovers of rival families love each other desperately but circumstances and misfortune disables them from living a happy married life and instead becomes the reason for their deaths. Romeo is the heir to the Montague family which has a high prestige in Verona but as a matter of fate he falls in love with Juliet who is from an equally prosperous family, called the Capulet. The Montague and the Capulet are sworn enemies which becomes the main cause of the demises of their own children. From the very beginning of the play, we are shown that Romeo, once falling in love with someone just becomes obsessed about it such as Rosaline. ...read more.


Romeo is ordered to banish from the city of Verona which I would say is the beginning of the coming up tragedy. Back in Verona Capulet decides of Juliet marrying Paris since Paris was very determined 'That may be, must be, love, on Thursday next.' There is some immense dramatic tension rising in Act 3 Scene 5, because Juliet is told about her marriage with Paris by her own mother and the loyal nurse ' Marry, my child, early next Thursday morn the gallant, young, and noble gentleman, The county Paris, at St Peter's church, shall happily make thee there a joyful bride.' Juliet who is already married to Romeo, for once keeps quite as she cannot tell her parents that she is already married to Romeo. Somehow she finds the courage to tell Lady Capulet that she doesn't want to marry as yet. Just then Capulet enters and shouts at Juliet and starts cursing her. Juliet has now got nobody to support her. The only way that she had now was to go to the Friar Laurence. ...read more.


After sometime when Romeo is told in Mantua that Juliet is dead he blames his fate. Without wasting a single moment he leaves for Verona to see his beloved Juliet. Friar Laurence is unable to stop Romeo from entering the Capulet tomb. Romeo enters it and drinks a bottle filled with poison and lies dead besides Juliet. Juliet who is not dead as yet wakes up and sees her husband lying dead near her. Looking at that she too stabs her and lies dead. This is the final outcome of the tragedy in the play. In my opinion, the characters who I would blame the most are Lord and Lady Capulet and Lord and Lady Montague. It was all because of their bitterness between each other and the reason they also lost their only children. Other than that Romeo mustn't have killed Tybalt, before killing him he must have thought what would happen to him. Altogether I would suggest that tragedy in Romeo and Juliet was there throughout the play. From the first scene of the play we can imagine what is going to happen by the end of the tragedy. I believe that the demises of Romeo and Juliet were only because of their misfortune. 956 words ...read more.

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