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ROMEO AND JULIET AS A TRAGEDY Shakespeares Romeo and Juliet is his eleventh play It is with no doubt a tragedy Shakespeare has included all the necessary elements for a tragedy The play has a tragic hero of high standing who dies The hero opposes some conflicting force The hero has a tragic flaw and this flaw will lead to his downfall and the downfall of others Good is always wasted driving out evil Indeed Shakespeares Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy In Romeo and Juliet Romeo is the tragic hero He is the only son of the Montague family therefor he is of high standing and very wealthy He is so well respected that even Capulet His familys sworn enemy praises him let him alone He bears him like a portly gentlemen And to say truth Verona brags of him To be a virtuous and well-governd youth I would not for the wealth of all this town Here in my house do him disparagementIIV65-70 This means that among the people of Verona Romeo is very well respected and he would not do any harm to Romeo at that time Romeo is the hero in this story Romeo must die along with Juliet in order to stop the families feud The conflicting force which Romeo opposes is the fact that he is a Montague that is in love with a Capulet his familys sworn enemy The Montagues and the Capulets have been feuding for many years Romeo is a Montague and he is born into the feud He does not like it and he feels that it is a waste Romeo has to disobey his family so he can be with
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