No Trust, No Faith, No Honesty
Life is tragic, it is an expedition, where one must be determined and plan carefully to avoid dangers in the way. Albert Einstein once said, “The tragedy of life is what dies inside a man while he lives.” The drama of Romeo and Juliet is a tale of two teenagers who risk their entire lives for one another which ends in their deaths. It was the conflict in Verona created by the competition and bitterness of the Capulet and Montague family that enforces Aristotle’s definition of tragedy. Between the plot, characters, and diction there is clear evidence to prove his definition true.
The plot moments and characters present in this play show the inevitable outcome of their lives. Plot points in this drama have a domino effect on the serious of events after them. One of the most crucial moments was when Romeo killed Tybalt because of Tybalt killing his close friend Mercutio earlier. Romeo’s actions throughout this play are unique due to his extreme impulsiveness, as shown with the murder of Tybalt. His actions are not able to be taken back, and the death of Tybalt for the most part sets up his future death. Many characters throughout this play were an important part in their death as well as trying to prevent it. An example of prevention of their death is when Friar Laurence states, “Wisely and slow. They stumble that run fast” (2,3,94). What Friar Laurence is saying, is that being impulsive leads to a great downfall. He is also telling Romeo that there needs to be a balance between the decisions made, which clearly Romeo has a hard time doing. Throughout the entire drama Shakespeare is leading the reader to understand that impulsiveness leads to tragedy. Not just with the ending of the death of Romeo and Juliet, but through deaths and heartaches of other characters. Both character and plot moments work together as an effect of when one decision is made, it changes how their future will end. Aristotle’s definition shows to be spot on...
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