Shakespeare is a well known author who wrote in the 1500's. Many of his
plays are classified as tragedies. According to the Oxford dictionary of
current English, a tragedy is described as a serious disaster or a sad event.
In Shakespeare plays, tragedy is identified as a story that ends unhappily due
to the fall of the protagonist, which is the tragic hero. For a play to be a
tragedy, there must be a tragic hero. In the play Romeo and Juliet, Romeo is
the tragic hero. The theme of tragedy plays a great role in the play Romeo and
Juliet. By analyzing Romeo's tragic flaw, his noble birth, his series of poor
decisions, the suffering of Romeo that extends beyond himself, it is evident
that Romeo and Juliet is classified as a tragedy.
A person must posses certain qualities that classify one as a tragic
hero. One of these qualities is the noble birth of a character. In the play
Romeo and Juliet Romeo being the tragic hero, possesses that quality. Romeo is
a Montague, and in the city of Verona the Montagues are a well known and
respected family. It is a known fact that the Montagues are of noble birth when
it is said by Benvolio in Act 1, Scene 1, Line 141: "My noble uncle." Benvolio
is referring to Lord Montague, who is the father of Romeo. The Montagues are
also a rich family, and that is one of the reasons for the respect for Romeo.
"Verona brags of him... a bears him like a partly gentleman." This was said by
Lord Capulet in Act 1, Scene 5, Lines 65-66. This quote illustrates that even
Romeo's enemies know well of him and know that he is respected and talked about
by the citizens of Verona. Usually when a character is introduced as being
noble, the audience is aware that in the end of the play, the character will
have a tragic fall.
Another necessary quality possessed by a tragic hero is the hero's
tragic flaw, which in Romeo's case is falling in love too quickly and deeply. "
To seek a tragic flaw... [continues]
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