Romeo and Juliet Tragic Hero Essay

Topics: Romeo and Juliet, Tragic hero, William Shakespeare Pages: 2 (748 words) Published: March 20, 2013
William Shakespeare is an English poet and play right. His plays mainly consisted of comedies, history, and tragedies. The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet is a play written by William Shakespeare. For a play to be a tragedy there must be a tragic hero. In Shakespeare plays, tragedy is identified as a story that ends unhappily due to the fall of the protagonist, which is the tragic. In this play there are two tragic heroes. Romeo and Juliet are both the tragic heroes. To be a tragic hero they must be from a high estate, have a tragic flaw, and the tragic flaw is the cause of their downfall.

A tragic hero must be from a high estate or well- known family. For a family to be of a high status means to be a well- known family of wealth. Both Romeo and Juliet are from high estates. Juliet is a Capulet a well- known family but not as high status as the Montagues. Romeo is a Montague a family of higher status than the Capulets. You know Romeo is of high status when it is said by Benvolio in Act 1, Scene 1, in Line 141: ‘"My noble uncle."’ As mentioned in the prologue both families successful merchants, large houses, and many servants. Both of these families are of high estate and well- known by the people of Verona.

Tragic heroes must also have a tragic flaw to them. Both tragic heroes have a tragic flaw. Romeo’s tragic flaw is that he does not think before he does something. He rushed to kill himself as soon as he believed that Juliet was dead. ‘"For I ne'er saw true beauty till this night."’ -Said by Romeo in Act I, Scene V, in Line 52. The audience can quickly identify Romeo's flaw of falling in love too quickly and deeply when he forgets about his feelings for Rosaline and concentrates on Juliet. Juliet too realizes that Romeo's love for her was too fast when she said: ‘"It is too rash; too undvis'd, too sudden."’ (Act II, Scene II, Lines 117-118). Juliet’s tragic flaw is that she is too loyal to Romeo. When she wakes up she sees that Romeo has poisoned himself,...
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