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A Comparison of "Romeo and Juliet" by William Shakespeare and "Antigone" by Sophocles and the Issue of Deciding Who the Antagonists and Protagonists Are
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English Essay Blind love tragic flaws and catastrophes are all parts of an intriguing play After many scenes of battling falling in love and fighting it still cannot be decided on who the antagonist and protagonist characters are in certain plays In the plays of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare and Antigone by Sophocles this mystery exist Would the antagonist in the play Antigone be Antigone herself or is it the character of Creon Is Juliet the antagonist in Romeo and Juliet or is it the well-meaning Friar Laurence To find out many things have to be looked into like the drama and tragedies in the plays Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare is a play that is very dependent on certain characters For example Friar Laurence who tries to come up with a plan to make the couple live off happily together is a very well-meaning person Because he is the main helper of the couple could he be considered the protagonist Many people believe that Juliet is the protagonist of the play She is considered to have the mind of a modern woman at the age of fifteen She takes her own decisions without listening to her parents Juliet also has been an independent woman since the beginning She has never had a real mother figure because the nurse raised her and her mother did not care as much The same could be said about Romeo but this time about his father Friar Laurence is the character that always gave Romeo advice in times when Romeo needed it For Juliet this could prove that her tragic flaw which is needed to be the protagonist would be her stubbornness This trait of hers also does the opposite thing in Asiatic countries There the character of Juliet is considered evil for going against
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