The Tragic Hero in Shakespeare’s "Romeo and Juliet" Essay
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In William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Romeo is "a tragic hero.” This is according to Aristotle’s definition, a tragic hero is a character “who is neither completely good nor completely bad, but also a member of royalty.” Romeo is a tragic hero because he does many good things, but many bad things, as well. For example, he is a Montague and he marries Juliet, who is a Capulet. This is prohibited, so Romeo is bad. However, Romeo does everything he can to keep Juliet happy and risks his life for her, which makes him good. Romeo is also a man of royalty because he is Montague’s son. Romeo’s character has many contradictions, which makes the audience think, “is he good or bad?” Asking these questions and not knowing the answer leads…show more content…
He tries to prevent the second fight between Mercutio and Tybalt, also. “Draw, Benvolio; beat down their weapons. Gentlemen, for shame, forbear this outrage!
Tybalt, Mercutio, the prince expressly hath
Forbidden bandying in Verona streets: (Romeo steps between them.)
Hold, Tybalt! Good Mercutio!” (86-90)
He doesn’t want to see them fight and attempts to stop them in this quotation from Act 3 Scene 1 lines 86-90. Only a good, courageous man could step between two fighting men to stop them. These things make him a good character in Romeo and Juliet. Romeo can also be proven to be good because he is so in love with Juliet. When he gets banished he feels grief and sorrow because he will never see his love ever again. Being so in love makes him a good person because it shows how caring he is. There are many reasons why Romeo is a good character in Romeo and Juliet. As there are many reasons why Romeo is good, he is also bad. For example, in
Act 3 Scene 1 lines 132-133, Benvolio says to Romeo, “Romeo, away, be gone! / The citizens are up, and Tybalt slain.” This in after Romeo has killed Tybalt for revenge. Romeo knows beforehand that he shouldn’t kill Tybalt because Tybalt is Juliet’s cousin, but he goes against his moral instinct truculently. Killing Juliet’s cousin could have ended Romeo’s relationship with her forever, but he was luckily
There are more than 20 named characters in Romeo and Juliet, plus various other roles. You do not need to refer to many of these. Depending on your task, you might just focus on one or two characters. The starting point is to sort out who they are, how they develop, and how they relate to each other.
Juliet is 13 and the daughter of Capulet and Lady Capulet. Her character at first appears to be quiet, obedient and innocent. She then meets Romeo and shows she is not as shy as we think. She speaks as much as him and in the same style, and they kiss twice.
She then tells the audience of her love for Romeo, knowing his family is hated by hers. She later announces her love for him again, not knowing he can hear.
Her thoughts are complex, showing her intelligence, and that her love of Romeo is sincere. When she realises he is there, her thoughts are immediately for his safety. She asks him to say he loves her, yet seems very practical about it, not wanting any proof - just his word.
Juliet shows her independence by proposing marriage. She also says she will follow Romeo 'throughout the world'. Juliet does not doubt her husband, even when she learns he has killed her cousin. She is prepared to commit suicide for him, then bravely carries out the Friar's plan, meaning she disobeys her parents and takes a huge risk. Finally, she commits suicide when she discovers Romeo dead beside her.
Those are the basic details of her character. We can now look at how you could use these in your work. Knowing the facts about a character is only the start, though. We need to be able to use them effectively. One way to do this is to have details or quotes from the play to support our ideas. For instance:
The Character of Juliet
|Juliet is quiet||She says very little in Act 1, Scene 3|
|Juliet is innocent||We are told she is not quite 14 several times|
|Juliet is not shy||She lets Romeo kiss her at their first meeting|
|Juliet speaks directly||She tells Romeo he kisses 'by th'book' (that he kisses well or without any real feeling)|
|Juliet is in love||She says he is her 'only love'|
|Juliet commits herself to him||She says: 'All my fortunes at thy foot I'll lay'|
|She believes in him||She asks: 'Shall I speak ill of my husband?' and later gives her 'ring to my true knight'|
|She disobeys her mother||She tells her 'I will not marry', and that she will marry Romeo rather than Paris|
|She is brave||She says 'Tell me not of fear', and is quick to commit suicide, saying 'I'll be brief'|
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