Romeo and Juliet the story of a young couple who are so very much in love however their families are feuding over at an ancient grudge. Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet fall deeply in love at an early age but their lives are short lived as they die tragically.
Tragedy is defined as "a play or dramatic form of a play, or the dramatic form it represents, in which the leading character suffers intense conflicts and a wretched fate, often because of some weakness." Romeo and Juliet fits into the tragedy genre because at the climax of the play the two main characters die unnecessarily.
Up until act 3 scene 1 Romeo and Juliet is passionate and romantic play. In Act 3 scene 1 the complete opposite as both of the main characters suffer from the weakness of their families. This occurs when Tybalt Capulet tries to kill Romeo. This shows the tension between the two feuding families and how passionately loyal the family members are. After Tybalt is killed lady Capulet says "for blood of ours, shed blood of Montague." This hints at the continuing theme of tragedy throughout the play. This is also a use of dramatic irony because at the end of the play Romeo and Juliet die and they are from both families.
The Capulets and the Montague's are so similar, in their social positions, both are lords, and are equally affluent. The play was written in the 17th century but was set in the 13th century. This scene fits into the play by being probably one of the most important scenes, as Mercutio is killed by a cheap shot; "an envious thrust." This was meant for Romeo and causes him to become emotionally involved. This leads to him killing Tybalt in a violent eruption of rage and emotion.
Act 3 Scene 1 is when the play turns from the passion of love to the passion of the tragedy, as Romeo's fate starts going downhill. The...