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ROMEO AND JULIET AS A TRAGEDYShakespeares 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 himlet him aloneHe bears him like a portly gentlemenAnd to say truth Verona brags of himTo be a virtuous and well-governd youthI would not for the wealth of all this townHere 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 feudThe 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 Juliet In this play Romeos tragic flaw is that he is always melancholy miserable and downcast and Romeo is always in love and when he falls in love he falls hard Romeo is depressed over Rosaline Romeo is very disheartened over her and it seems he has been like this
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