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Romeo The Tragic Hero Like most Shakespearean plays Romeo and Juliet exemplifies Shakespeares astonishing comprehension and ability to write tragic plays The simplest definition of tragedy a serious disaster or a sad event blatantly describes the horrific story of two star crossed lovers While reading the fatal tale of Shakespeares novel Romeo and Juliet a reader indulges in terrific medieval tragedy Although the prologue by the chorus tells the stories conclusion six distinctive characteristics of a tragic hero is exemplified through the novel that a reader should look for while attempting to identify the tragic hero - noble stature tragic flaw free choice the punishment exceeds the crime increased awareness and produces catharsis Although Romeo the tragic hero of the novel displays examples of all six elements in the following analysis three elements are discussed - noble stature the punishment exceeds the crime and produces catharsis First Romeo the son of the powerful Montague holds a high noble stature in Verona In Act 1 Benvolio makes reference to his noble uncle Lord Montague declaring his high class in Veronas society Even Lord Capulet refers to Romeos stature at his party and states Verona brags of hima bears him like a partly gentlemen The Prince of Verona himself warns the Montague and Capulet family to end their familys feud not an enforcer of the law but the Prince All of which exemplifies Romeo as a nobleman Secondly Romeo possesses the tragic flaw of falling in love too quickly In Act 1 Shakespeare introduces a young man hopelessly in love with Rosaline Romeo states Not having that which makes having short illustrating the depth in which Romeo believed he was in live with Rosaline Romeos family and friends attempts to cheer him up but depression is the conqueror until he meets Juliet Phillis Rackin author of Shakespeare Tragedies states if Romeos character does have a tragic flaw it is it
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