Part Two: The Sequel
Shakespeare's tragedy, Romeo and Juliet, is the tale of “two star crossed lovers” [Prologue] whose affection is hindered by two words. Montague and Capulet. These two simple words lead to the creation of chaos and calamity for both families. This tragedy occurs due to the feud between the families, prohibited love and decisions within seconds.
To begin with, a tragedy is a drama or literary work in which the main character is brought to ruin or suffers extreme sorrow, especially as a consequence of a tragic flaw, moral weakness, or inability to cope with unfavorable circumstances.1 In Romeo and Juliet, humor and pleasant times roam free through the Acts. Shakespeare fathers humor through sexual innuendos, and puns. For example Mercutio uses risqué humor with the Capulet’s nurse. The use of servants in Romeo and Juliet also creates comic relief such as Madea does in the present day Tyler Perry movies. One of the best examples of hum our early on in the play is when Lady Capulet exclaims "A crutch, a crutch! Why call you for a sword?"[1.1.66’]. She is mocking her husband by saying you are very old in age and feeble. You need no sword but a cane. A tragedy does not always have that dark cloud of rain floating overhead every moment. The sun shines everywhere at least once.
Furthermore, there is much compelling evidence in the play of Romeo and Juliet that conveys the idea that this magnificent piece of literature is indeed a tragedy. Romeo and Juliet’s love was forbidden from the beginning. Their family had taken in part in a feud that started long before they were born. “My only love sprung from my only hate” [1.5.138]. Once Juliet figures out that the boy who she loved is the son of the man she hates she is shocked to the core. The two love birds then agree to be locked into holy matrimony which in turn causes mountains of misfortune to spring up later in the play. Recklessness is a major factor in why this...