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Romeo And Juliet A Tragic Love

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Romeo and Juliet, the tragic play by William Shakespeare, centers around the love story between Romeo, the young heir of the Montagues, and Juliet, the daughter of the house of Capulet. This story starts off with two opposing families of royalty, the Montagues and the Capulets. These families have a deep seeded hatred for one another that traces way back into their family’s history. Shakespeare takes his audience though a heart churning tale of two star crossed lovers. From the start Romeo and Juliet’s love seemed to be an uphill battle that they would never win even with help. The relationship of Romeo and Juliet is a tragic love story of two star crossed lovers trying to find a way to love each other.

The first point of tragedy is right in the prologue to act 1 where it states that Romeo and Juliet are already doomed, it is a catastrophe of unawareness “From forth the fatal loins of these two foes/A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life,” (prologue act 1.5-6). Before the story even begins, before the characters are even established its already stated that two “star-crossed lovers take their life,”. Star crossed lovers are two people who love each other are doomed, the stars which are believed to tell one’s fate are crossed so they do not align therefore are not ment to be lovers. This is a catastrophe of unawareness because neither Romeo or Juliet know that they are star crossed, they think they can be together peacefully. Due to their unawareness they still believe it will all work out because they are in love “And what love can do, that dares love attempt./Therefore thy kinsmen are no stop to me.” (Romeo. II.2.68-69) Here Romeo is saying that he is in love and a man in love can do anything, therefore his enemies or Juliet's relatives do not pose as an obstacle to him. The two lovers Juliet and Romeo are destined by fate to not work out, but Romeo claims that love can overcome their silly family feuds and that they can still be together. This is tragic due to the ignorance that has already been foreshadowed to crumple and fall.

Another example of tragedy in Romeo and Juliet is the fact that the two families, the Capulets and the Montagues, hate each other. The Prince of Italy breaks up a fight between the two families “Three civil brawls, bred of an airy word,/By thee, old Capulet, and Montague,/Have thrice disturbed the quiet of our streets” (I.1.80-82.) Here demonstrates how much trouble the feud has already caused and how serious it really is. There has been 3 all out brawls in the streets just due to casual words and they continue to disrupt the quiet streets of Verona because of their strifes. This is a tragic occurrence because Romeo is from the house of Montague while...

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