The metaphoric reference to the word “plague” also consolidates the occurrence of tragedy and expresses the destruction of love in the play. Romeo’s line “I do protest I never injured thee, but love thee better than thou canst devise” highlights Romeo’s desire to end the conflict with Tybalt. However, he is unsuccessful. This depicts the struggle of love when confronted by deep seated hatred. 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.
All of these deaths are a result of Macbeth’s over ambition to become king, fuelled by the prophecies of the evil witches. Like Macbeth, a tragic hero has choices, a conscience of right from wrong and in the end must die, because to live would create mayhem and a feeling that his actions were justified.
William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet In this essay I shall be writing about why I agree that with the play, the most excellent and lamentable tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare changes expectations of the tragic genre. In my essay I shall be giving references to language, theme, structure and context. This will also show why I agree with the essay question. Romeo and Juliet is a tragic play; with the plot concerning two feuding families and two stars crossed lovers. In this play, Shakespeare explores the pitfalls of young love and the consequences they receive from their actions.
As Shakespeare and Brontё show Hamlet and Heathcliff negatively, Kesey reveals McMurphy as a saviour and hero amid the ward. As the play develops Shakespeare explores Hamlet’s decent into madness to challenge the conventions of the archetypal hero. To start Hamlet is the typical misunderstood tragic hero, but Shakespeare implicitly begins to develop an immoral and threatening character. Whose inhumanity is truly revealed in Act 5, Scene 2, where Hamlet explains how he sent orders for Rosencrantz and Guildenstern to be “put to sudden death, / Not shriving time allowed” (V, ii, 46). Shakespeare makes this seem like a grandly impulsive moment with such an immoral act because it clearly juxtaposes Hamlet’s initial inaction and philosophical being, which emphasises such a brash and disproportionate action against his childhood friends, that the Hamlet presented at the start would seem incapable of.
Ed. Paul Lauther. The Heath Anthology of American Literature. New York: Houghton 1998. 1342-1354.
The leading role that a tragic character assumes normally controls the actions and reactions of a setting. Shakespeare’s tragedy Hamlet is no different, effectively exposing the vulnerabilities and short comings of tragic characters, Hamlet and Claudius; while providing the overall worth of Gertrude and Ophelia. Tragic characters, often take part in an irrational, avoidable plot, resulting into a drawn-out moral lesson. Literary analyst Authur Kirsch, elaborates on his perception of Shakespeare’s tragic hero themes stating “The irony is in a large sense, ‘comic,’ but it only exacerbates the passion for the heroes. ‘Shakespeare’s heroes not only are obviously subject to the evanescence of human passion, but they constantly protest against it, and that consciousness and ultimately unavailing protest constitute a substantial part of their suffering”(Kirsch 87).
/ Call me but love, and I’ll be new baptized. / Hen... ... middle of paper ... ...s tragically. In essence, Romeo greatest flaw in the book was his impulsiveness and his habit to be very pushy. The tragedy from the book was then, the final result of consequential impulsive actions made by a specific character: Romeo. The possibility of tragedy was established with Romeo attending the Capulet’s masque, pushing Juliet to agree to marry him and at last be married.