Romeo and Juliet - The Tragedy

Romeo and Juliet - The Tragedy
The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet is a play written by the well-known author, William Shakespeare. The setting of the play is the 1400?s in Verona, Italy. This is a play based on two families who have had an ancient grudge for many years, and their children who fall in love. What makes the story of Romeo and Juliet such a tragedy are the various decisions made by the characters of the play such as Romeo. Romeo made many decisions, some good, some bad; his decisions have a great effect towards other characters in the play and the outcome of the events in this dramatic play.
Many of Romeo?s decisions have had a good effect on the play. ?I?ll go along, no such sight to be shown, but to rejoice in splendor of mine own?(1.2.102-103). His decision to take the servants offer and go to the Capulet?s gathering to see Rosaline is one of some of the good decisions Romeo makes throughout the play. If Romeo hadn?t gone to the Capulet?s gathering, he would have never met Juliet, ?the charm of looks?(2.1.6). If this event hadn?t happened, then Romeo would have never leapt over the orchard wall to see Juliet and make the promise of marrying her. Romeo?s decision to use Friar?s organized plan and escape to Mantua and await the Friar?s message of news from Verona, and when and where he will meet his tender Juliet, is good decision in a way. Friar Lawrence?s plan would have worked if Friar John hadn?t been sealed in a house where health officers suspected the plague, the Black Death which was suspected to be spreading at the time had infected people. Romeo?s very last decision to commit suicide was a very courageous decision, yet many people would think it a foolish decision. It is a good decision because of the outcome of this event. If Romeo hadn?t killed himself, then Juliet wouldn?t have killed herself, but because he did, it brought the two families, which had an ancient feud for many generations, peace and harmony. The families agree to no more chaos, no more brawls; because of their selfishness, the children they cherished, are now perished. Romeo?s decisions were not very thoughtful or intelligent, but the outcomes were unexpected and dramatic. His decisions in the play led to the unison of the families Montague and Capulet.

Not all of Romeo?s decisions were heroic; many of his decisions were also bad. His decision of trying to stop Mercutio and Tybalt?s quarrel brought Mercutio his death. ?Draw, Benvolio, beat down their weapons. Gentlemen, for shame! Forbear this outrage! Tybalt, Mercutio, the Prince expressly hath forbid this bandying in Verona streets. Hold, Tybalt! Good Mercutio!?(3.1.85-89) Because of Romeo?s urge to be in love and have that loved one, he makes haste with Juliet to get married and many affairs happen. This decision to dedicate his life to Juliet is quite impetuous. He does not think of the outcome or what might happen if his family were to find out that he had proposed to a Capulet or what trouble it may cause to keep this a secret. The outcome of this is that he lost his loved one and he lost his own life. He committed suicide and left his family in great sorrow. The power or love overtook him to carry out such actions. The death of Mercutio brought up great hatred and anger within him. It made him so mad that he seeks revenge, killing Tybalt. Because of this action, he is banished from the fair city of Verona. Once again, if Romeo had just thought it through, the law itself would have punished Tybalt for his actions for Mercutio is related to Prince Escalus. If Romeo had just thought his decisions thoroughly, maybe these events wouldn?t have happened.

The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet is a play full of decisions by many of the characters. Romeo portrays a sweet young man, loving and romantic, yet, he also doesn?t think before he acts which plays a great role in the tragedy. Many of his decisions were impulsive, yet some how, things just fell into place in making this play a tragedy. Romeo is a dramatic character who affects many of the people around him. His actions and decisions are also involved to the outcome of the tragedy that is found at the end of this play.

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