Normally, Romeo would not have gone after Tybalt but he is angered by Mercutio’s death and seeks revenge. Romeo regrets killing Tybalt and even he recognizes his flaw when he says, “Oh, I am fortune’s fool!” (III, I, 132). Romeo realizes that he should not have gone and attacked Tybalt and that there are serious consequences. Last but not least, Romeo... ... middle of paper ... ... feel pity and fear for Romeo and Juliet throughout the play. Undoubtedly, Romeo and Juliet is a bona fide Aristotelian tragedy because it contains hamartia, catharsis, and a tragic catastrophe.
Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is a true Aristotelian tragedy because both Romeo and Juliet possess a tragic flaw, a catastrophe takes place in which both characters meet a tragic death, and the audience is aroused with pity and fear. Romeo’s tragic flaw impetuousness causes him to make decisions quickly, which contributes to his tragic death. Romeo acts with haste when he marries Juliet, even though he does not even know her for twenty-four hours. Juliet tells Romeo, “It is too rash, too unadvised, too sudden, / Too like the lightning” (II, ii, 118-119). One can see that even Juliet recognizes Romeo’s impetuousness and questions if they are moving their relationship forward too quickly and hastily.
He seems to blame fate or unlucky misfortune for almost everything that goes wrong after he kills Tybalt, and realises the seriousness of his action, he prefers to blame fate rather than himself, "O, I am fortune's fool" Romeo was banished for killing Tybalt, which could have been the biggest mistake he made. It therefore meant he could no longer see his beloved Juliet without the risk of him being caught. Though this was a huge mistake, I do not think Romeo can be blamed for killing Tybalt, as Tybalt was determined to fight Romeo until death. When he refused, Romeo's closest friend Mercutio steeped in and drew his sword. Romeo intervened to try to stop them from warfare, but according to Mercutio (who was now dying) gave Tybalt the opportunity to kill him, "I was hurt under your arm".
Because of their impulsiveness and rash decisions it causes them to lead themselves to die a tragic death. Foil characters aid to heighten or highlight an attribute in another character which furthers the plot. Romeo is heightened and influenced by secondary characters that eventually brings out his hamartia, peripeteia, and anagnorisis. These chara... ... middle of paper ... ...ing the mistake he had made. Mercutio’s death was the cause of Romeo killing Tybalt and it was Tybalt’s fault for killing Mercutio.
Fate was shown in the play but it was bad fate it turned Romeo and Juliet life to hell. Fate caused them to come together and love one another from rival families this fate caused them to die. Hate displayed though the two families feud and actions that where associated with the feud. Love was presented though the relationship between Romeo and Juliet. Fate is a simple word that means ‘something that is unavoidably befalls a person.” But Romeo and Juliet is reality
As we can see, the impact of the families’ feud has lead to Tybalt’s hatred against Romeo (and all Montagues), and leads to the death of Mercutio, which in terms lead us to the advent of tragedy. In the scene of Mercutio’s death, Shakespeare uses characterisation and dramatic irony... ... middle of paper ... ...oesn't wake up, Romeo will soon take his own life. The scene where Juliet wakes and finds Romeo dead is symbolic in reiterating the tragic, but overwhelming control of fate over the star-crossed lovers. Therefore, the death of Mercutio have triggered a chain of tragic incidents and therefore establishes the major concerns of tragedy. Mercutio’s death as a turning point have greatly impacted to the establishment of the major concerns of tragedy.
Upon receiving news from Balthasar about the death of Juliet, Romeo was devastated and immediately reacted in an impulsive way to the situation before even taking the time to confirm with people such as the friar to make sure that the information he was given was, in fact, accurate. Instead, Romeo rushed off to purchase poison so that he could kill himself and be with Juliet after declaring “Well, Juliet, I will lie with thee tonight” (5.1.37). Had Romeo taken the time to contact the friar rather than acting so hastily and impulsively, he would have known that Juliet was still alive, and that her death-like sleep was nothing more than a part of a deception developed by the friar. Unfortunately for Romeo, because of his haste, he killed himself only minutes before Juliet awoke, and had he waited a few minutes to revise and analyze his decision, he would have lived to see Juliet’s awakening and the two lovers could have been reunited. Romeo’s own death was not all the consequence that resulted from his hasty decision.
Romeo's monumental flaw of acting too emotional is solely the reason his life ends in a tragic death. As well, Juliet's tragic flaw of foolish decision-making leads her to an early death. Many emotions are evoked from the reader, such as pity and fear; the two main emotions of a tragedy. A catharsis, or purging of tragic emotions, occurs which proves that the play is an Aristotelian tragedy. The catharsis is a main element of this type of tragedy.
But Romeo does not change his mind and is wed with Juliet. Romeo is also quite brash in his decision to slay Tybalt. If Romeo considered the consequences of murdering his enemy, he could have prevented his banishment from Verona. Romeo fails to consider that there is no need to slay Tybalt because Tybalt is already headed for assassination due to the fact that he started a fray and murdered Mecrutio. Unfortunately, his impulsiveness overpowers him and Romeo fights Tybalt.
It is highly tragic, for example, that the two, 'star-crossed lovers,' are from separate feuding households. As well as this, it is vastly tragic that the audience knows the fate of Juliet, as this makes the character of Lord Capulet very tragic, as we know that Juliet is his last hope. From the beginning of the first act, it is hard to determine whether or not Shakespeare meant the play to be a comedy of tragedy. However, it is my belief that the play is a clear tragedy, not least because of the language, characters and events, but because from the outset, it has been pre-empted that the play was meant to be a tragedy, not least because the play is entitled the 'Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet.