Romeo as a Tragic Hero in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

Romeo as a Tragic Hero in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet
In my opinion social circumstances, fate and coincidence and aspects of Romeo?s character bring about his downfall and are all equally to blame. If there had been no feud then Romeo and Juliet could have been more public about their love. If Friar John had not been held up Romeo would have received the letter and probably lived. If Romeo had not been so hasty he may not have killed himself before Juliet woke. I think that fate is partly to blame for the tragic deaths of Romeo and Juliet because there are many bad timings and coincidences like Juliet waking just after the death of Romeo and Friar Lawrence arriving just before Juliet wakes, but after Romeo had taken the poison.
The timing of Tybalt?s death was also unfortunate as it brought forward Juliet?s proposed marriage to Paris. It was unfortunate that Romeo met Tybalt after his wedding. There were other coincidences, one of which was when friar john was unable to deliver the crucial letter to Romeo in Mantua. Therefore Romeo leaves for Verona thinking that Juliet is dead and kills himself before Friar John can reach him, we have a feeling of ?if only? throughout the scene. Ironically it was Romeo?s fate is to try to defy fate: ?I defy you stars? Romeo senses his destiny after he has killed Tybalt: ?I am fortunes fool? The chorus tells us that the couple are fated: ?Star-crossed lovers? Fate affects the lovers in many bad timings and coincidences, one of which was when Friar john was unable to deliver the crucial letter to Romeo in Mantua therefore Romeo leaves for Mantua I think that it is definitely one of the causes of Romeo?s downfall. Aspects of Romeo?s character are also to blame, Romeo is intense and emotional, and he feels and does not think of consequences. Romeo is impulsive, hasty and impetuous, he is also fickle. Romeo is indifferent to the feud and idealistic. I also think that Romeo is self-absorbed naive and immature, Romeo also becomes irrational. Romeo is dominated by his emotions and hasty. Romeo?s death is hasty, he kills himself quickly and is hurrying in case he is found before he can kill himself. Romeo is irrational and hasty when he meets and kills Paris in the tomb he should have thought about why Paris was at Juliet?s tomb, if Romeo had thought about why Paris was there it could have saved two innocent lives. When Romeo kills Tybalt he is very emotional and hasty he doesn?t think and allows emotion to take him over. Romeo?s changing love for Rosaline shows how fickle he is. Romeo does not notice the scene of the fight, this shows his self absorption. The secret marriage between Romeo and Juliet shows signs of selfishness and thoughtlessness it was hasty and rushed. The visit to the apothecary also shows signs of haste. I also think that social circumstances play a large part in Romeo?s downfall. The feud is the main cause for Romeo and Juliet having to conceal their love, Romeo?s death could not have happened if he had been able to tell friends and relatives. Arranged marriages were a crucial party of Verona and Juliet was always expected to have an arranged marriage. Juliet is only thirteen and her husband has already been decided, because of Tybalts death Juliet?s marriage to Paris is brought forward as it is essential that there is an heir to the house of Capulet. Romeo and Juliet are not close to their parents but each has a confidante. Romeo has Friar Lawrence and Juliet the nurse, these characters play key roles in helping the love to survive. The prince is putting pressure on the two families to stop arguing or the trouble makers will be killed this means that the prince has to banish Romeo which is very wise because Lady Capulet would have had him killed if he remained in Verona. The play is ironic when Romeo notices how life like Juliet is whilst she is supposed to be dead. It is also ironic that Romeo and Juliet fall in love with each other when they are supposed to hate one another, and that their death ends the feud, which is the cause of their deaths. The final effect of the play is cathartic the audience feels both pity and is fearful. The audience are sad and pity the characters because their only way to love each other was to die, the audience are fearful because this story is possible and it is a fearful prospect of this happening to any human.

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