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Tragic Hero Throughout Romeo and Juliet the tragedy written by William Shakespeare there are examples of tragic heroes There are seven things needed to be a tragic hero the character has to be of high rank originally good in a conflict flawed realize his error too late become isolated and produce a caratharis The Friar in this play expresses and shows all of these traits and therefore can be considered a tragic hero The Friar is of high rank because he is a priest and a priest at that time period was considered to be the highest of all He is also highly ranked because he was intellectual and could communicate well with others The Friar is originally good because he tries to marry Romeo and Juliet to unite the two households but it does not work out He also is originally good because at first he does not think they should rush into things but he thinks of uniting the households and goes along with the wedding Here he shows his good intentions in changing his mind about marrying Romeo and Juliet when he says O she knew well Thy love did read by rote that could not spell But come young waverer come go with me Inn one respect Ill thy assistant be For this alliance may so be happy prove To turn you households rancor to pure loveII iv 88-93 The Friar is in a conflict by involving himself in the whole marriage of Romeo and Juliet He has to lie to everyone which is also more trouble for him if he gets caught He also is involved by not telling anyone about the love between Romeo and Juliet before his good intentions turned into a violent ending He is also in a conflict because he does not tell the Prince of this and if the Prince finds out the punishment could be death Being contradictory to
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