Romeo and Juliet: Tragedy, Love Story or Both?
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 longer...
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...
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