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Romeo And Juliet As A Tragedy Essay


Shakespeare?s Romeo and Juliet is his eleventh play. It is with no doubt a tragedy.

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Shakespeare has included all the necessary elements for a tragedy. The play has a tragic hero

of high standing who dies. The hero opposes some conflicting force. The hero has a tragic

flaw and this flaw will lead to his downfall and the downfall of others. Good is always

wasted driving out evil. Indeed, Shakespeare?s Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy.

In Romeo and Juliet, Romeo is the tragic hero. He is the only son of the Montague

family, therefor he is of high standing and very wealthy. He is so well respected that even

Capulet, His family?s sworn enemy praises him:

let him alone,,

He bears him like a portly gentlemen;

And, to say truth, Verona brags of him

To be a virtuous and well-govern?d youth.

I would not for the wealth of all this town

Here in my house do him disparagement?(I.IV.65-70)

This means that among the people of Verona, Romeo is very well respected, and he would

not do any harm to Romeo at that time. Romeo is the hero in this story. Romeo must die

along with Juliet in order to stop the families? feud.

The conflicting force which Romeo opposes is the fact that he is a Montague that is in

love with a Capulet; his family?s sworn enemy. The Montagues and the Capulets have been

feuding for many years. Romeo is a Montague and he is born into the feud. He does not like

it and he feels that it is a waste. Romeo has to disobey his family so he can be with Juliet.

In this play, Romeo?s tragic flaw is that he is always melancholy, miserable, and

downcast, and Romeo is always in love, and when he falls in love, he falls hard. Romeo is

depressed over Rosaline. Romeo is very disheartened over her and it seems he has been like

this for some time already. Montague tells us this when he says Romeo ??Shuts up his

windows, locks fair daylight out, / And makes himself an artificial night…?(I. I. 135-137).

Romeo has a major problem. Even after he meets Juliet, he is very sad because he discovers

that she is a Capulet. Shortly after, he is banished from Verona and is very downcast once

again over the fact that he will not be able is see Juliet again. Romeo is so extremely in love

that he says that instead of being banished, he would rather be dead. When Friar Laurence

gives Romeo the news of his banishment Romeo replies by saying ?Ha, banishment! Be

merciful, say ?death?;?? (III. III. 12). Romeo feels that ?There is no world outside of

Verona walls, / But purgatory, torture hell itself??(III. III. 17-18). Romeo is so much in

love with Juliet that he wants to kill himself when he discovers that she is dead. Clearly,

Romeo?s tragic flaw is his tendency to be melancholy.

This flaw of Romeo?s, which is his utterly immense sadness, leads to his downfall and

the downfall of others. At the tomb, Montague states that lady Montague ?is dead to-night;

/ Grief of my son?s exile hath stopp?d her breath?? (V. III. 210-211). Because Romeo is

banished from Verona, Lady Montague dies. Romeo?s fall not only leads to the downfall of

Lady Capulet, but it also leads to the downfall of Juliet, Tybalt, Mercutio, and Paris. Romeo

goes to Juliet?s tomb, kisses her, takes the poison, and dies. This action of his leads to the

death of Juliet. Juliet sees Romeo dead, and tries to get some poison from his lips to hers.

Unable to succeed, she takes his dagger out and kills herself. Romeo causes the death of

Mercutio, and Tybalt. If Romeo was not trying to make peace with Tybalt, Mercutio would

not have tried to defend Romeo. Mercutio feels that Romeo is afraid to fight Tybalt and he

wants to defend him. Romeo only wishes to make peace with Tybalt because now he is a

relative of his. Paris dies by trying to defend the Capulets tomb from Romeo. Paris feels

that Romeo has come to the tomb ?…to do some villainous shame / To the dead

bodies??(V. III. 52-53) and dies trying to defend Juliet and the Capulets.

Good is always wasted driving out evil. The only way for the feud between the

Montagues and the Capulets to end is through the death of their children. Romeo and Juliet

must pay the forfeit of the peace.

Shakespeare?s Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy. He has all of the elements of a tragedy in

this play. The play has a tragic hero of high standing who dies, the hero opposes some

conflicting force, the hero has a tragic flaw, this flaw leads to his downfall and the downfall

of others. Good is always wasted driving out evil.. William Shakespeare?s Romeo and Juliet

is an excellent play. It is one of Shakespeare?s greatest tragedies ever.



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