Shakespeare's tragedy, Romeo and Juliet, is the tale of two lovers who take
their lives for each other when their love is hindered by their feuding parents.
After reading Romeo and Juliet, apparently a tragedy, I would say that this
story contains aspects of both a love story and a tragedy. The tale of two
teenagers who fall in love at first sight and then marry, become true lovers and
then risk it all for their love cannot surely be all tragedy. However, it is a
tragedy, and has been called that for decades.
I will discuss with you what makes this story a tragedy, and then what makes it
a love story.
To begin, the family Montague and the family Capulet had been locked in a feud
for years, even so that their servants fought on the street. This is the tragedy
that sets off the train of other misfortunes, and if these conflicts were
resolved, none of the further things I am about to mention would have happened.
The tragedy of Romeo's love for Rosalind, she too was a Capulet, and so that
barred his love for her, although she also did not love him.
Quite obviously, the misfortune of Romeo and Juliet's forbidden love. This is
the basis of the whole story. For two people to love each other and not be able
to show their true feelings for each other is ultimately very frustrating. It's
"Guess Who's Coming To Dinner" style.
The tragedy of Tybalt's death. Another result of the family fight, this was a
tragedy for all involved, the Capulets and the Montagues, because Romeo was
banished from Verona. The blight of the messenger not getting to Romeo in time.
Romeo just missing Juliet awakening is surely a tragedy. To me this is one of
the most frustrating things in the play, because if he just waited two minutes
And lastly, the death of Juliet. It is sad that she felt she had to take her own
life to be with the one she truly loved.
The first thing in this story which makes me say that it is a love story is the... [continues]
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