Some critics claim that the play lacks elements that are necessary for a tragedy. Yet Aristotle explicitly states the essential components of a tragedy in his Poetics, and Romeo and Juliet meets those requirements. Romeo and Juliet can be considered an Aristotelian tragedy because of Romeo’s impetuousness, Juliet’s loyalty to Romeo, and the play’s peripeteia. The first reason why the play is a traditional tragedy is that the hero, Romeo, possesses a major flaw which leads him into much trouble and eventually his demise: his fiery, impetuous nature. In one of the many brawls between the Capulets and the Montagues, Romeo displays his rashness.
The characters have no control over the outcome in a normal tragedy. Whether a tragedy is Aristotelian or not is open to interpretation. Romeo and Juliet were brought to an Aristotelian ending because of their unfortunate tragic flaws and the evidence of tragic emotions/catharsis. To begin, Romeo's tragic flaw is the over-exaggeration of his emotions. Romeo acts too emotional when dealing with large-scale issues.
If some of the characters were able to get a hold of there passion and think things through, maybe the unfortunate deaths of Romeo and Juliet, as well as many others, could have been avoided. Passion, and the inability to control it, is one of the major reasons that the characters experience such misfortune throughout the course of this tragedy. Instead of thinking things through before they act, many of the characters such as Lord Capulet, Tybalt, Friar Lawrence, and Romeo all let the emotions overcome them and ultimately rule their decisions. Shakespeare uses the downfall of characters that abuse the privilege of emotions to warn readers about making decisions without considering the results. Lord Capulet allows his severe emotions to overcome him in rough situations and drastically alter his decisions.
This scene is the turning point, as it affects many things later on in the play, i.e. Juliet kills herself as she cannot see Romeo any more. I will be, in my essay explaining the dramatic effects of language, themes, characters and their actions, historical and social context, dramatic devices and finally audience response in Act 3 Scene 1. This play isn't an original idea, Shakespeare actually took this from Arthur Brooks poem, it was originally called 'Romeus and Juliet' written in 1562. Shakespeare cleverly rewrote the poem and made it much more of a success than Brooke's poem, because Brooks poem was extremely boring.
Shakespeare’s famous play Othello is a play of love that has turned bad by the unfounded jealousy of the protagonist character Othello. Arguably the contribution of Othello’s susceptibility to manipulation, his weaknesses and the manipulation of other characters tactics such as Iago each contribute to the downfall of Othello. However, to the extent of which each is more significant varies and this is what will be analysed in this essay. Like many of Shakespeare’s tragic plays each has to have a tragic hero. Each of these tragic heroes would have a tragic flaw, they were all from a noble class and would each face their tragedy with dignity.
In most dramatic plays, tragedy usually strikes the protagonist of the play and leads him, or her, to experience devastating losses. While tragic instances can be avoided, there are other instances where one’s fate and future is out of the protagonist’s control. In Oedipus the King, written by Sophocles and first performed around 249 BC, Oedipus cannot escape his destiny and even though he tries to overcome and circumvent prophecy, he finds out that supernatural forces will get what they want in the end. Oedipus meets the criteria of a tragic hero set forth by Aristotle and his fate within the play demonstrates that one does not always have free will in their lives. Traditionally, in Greek drama, tragedy is meant to reaffirm the concept that life is worth living and that people are in constant opposition with the universe.
Such a man is exhibited as suffering a change in fortune from happiness to misery because of a mistaken act, to which he is led by his hamartia ("error of judgment") or his tragic flaw." It is important that this be clear, because I plan to demonstrate how Shakespeare makes Hamlet an atypical tragedy to begin with, and how controversial an issue Hamlet's tragic flaw is. Shakespeare's Hamlet is an atypical play to begin with, because the play's format doesn't conform to traditional Aristotelian concepts of the 3 unities. Shakespeare does not conform to unity of time, place, or action. Hamlet contains a "play within a play," sub-plots, and its action is not set in one day, but several.
But his fall in life does not involve the fate of the whole nation as in many tragic plays so this could lessen Romeo being a tragic character as the play is lacks this feature of a tragic play. The language in tragedy plays is often dramatic and 'Romeo and Juliet' often has characters speaking dramatic language. Romeo's language at the end of the play is very dramatic and he uses metaphors and makes death a "lean abhorrhero?heorhèd monster" that keeps Juliet "in the dark to be his paramour." He makes death seem like a selfish thing, which takes Juliet's life away from Romeo so that she can be its lover. This is a very dramatic and cruel metaphor for death that Romeo has used.
Oedipus, a tragic hero Sophocles's Oedipus Rex is probably the most famous tragedy ever written. Sophocles's tragedy represents a monumental theatrical and interpretative challenge. Oedipus Rex is the story of a King of Thebes upon whom a hereditary curse is placed and who therefore has to suffer the tragic consequences of fate (tragic flaws or hamartia). In the play, Oedipus is the tragic hero. Even though fate victimizes Oedipus, he is a tragic figure since his own heroic qualities, his loyalty to Thebes, and his fidelity to the truth ruin him.
“Antigone” is a drama that was written by Sophocles. Sophocles was one of the great writers of tragedies during the ancient Greece era. For this reason, there is no debate as to whether this story is a tragedy or not. A tragedy is defined as a play that contains dismal events and has an unhappy ending, it typically involves the downfall of the protagonist. Focus on that last part; the downfall of the main character.