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Shakespeare's Tragic Thorns Essay

1160 words - 5 pages

The rose is a truly beautiful flower, with a scent just as fine. Its petals come in a variety of magnificent colors: yellow, pink, white, and red. It’s become the universal symbol for love, the flower’s petals littered everywhere during Valentine’s. The rose is almost perfect, but it bears one flaw; it’s thorns. As the rose is the symbol of love, Romeo and Juliet has become the archetype for love stories today. Besides representing love, they are both alike in having thorns. The tragic story of forbidden love is its own thorn. The events leading up to the deaths of the two teens were just as terrible. Such as the deaths of a few key characters, Mercutio and Tybalt, whose deaths mark the start of the dreadful half of the play. The separation between the two lovers, Rome and Juliet, that occurs after Mercutio and Tybalt are slain, is also one of the many other depressing occurrences. One of the last scenes, the suicides of Romeo and Juliet, is the last and the most heart-wrenching scene for the audience. These three scenes, of the deaths, separation, and suicides of the characters, are only few of the numerous examples that show that, William Shakespeare’s, Romeo and Juliet, is indeed, a tragedy.
Every Shakespearean tragedy has a scene that marks the start of the tragic part of the play. In Romeo and Juliet, this would be where Tybalt and Mercutio’s altercation takes a turn for the worse. In Act. 3, scene 1, after Mercutio is badly wounded, Romeo says, “ I thought all for the best,” (123). Not long after that, Mercutio dies and so does Tybalt. Romeo’s line makes these deaths more devastating because, when he was just trying to resolve the feud between the families, it only resulted in the death of his best friend. Though it may be argued that Tybalt is the “villain” of the story, his death is just as terrible. Not only was he Romeo’s cousin for a short period of time, but he was not a villain at all. It is said that in the eyes of the villain, they are the heroes of their own story. Tybalt was only doing what he thought was right. He was his own hero, and with his own tragic ending. The deaths of these two characters not only mark the start of the tragic half of the play, but they are also tragic in themselves.
As a result of his unintentional murder of Tybalt, Romeo is banished by the prince. This would mean that, Romeo is no longer allowed inside the boundaries of Verona, where Juliet lives, separating them for the rest of their lives. In Act. 3, Scene 2, the Nurse came to Juliet bearing the bad news of Romeo’s banishment. Juliet has a monologue where she says, “…When I, thy three-hours wife, have mangled it?...” (137). In this quote, Juliet says that they have only been married for a total of three hours. Marriage was supposed to be their happy ending, where not only would they be united, but so would their families. Their ‘happily-ever-after’ did not even last a day before it was torn down. It is depressing, as well as frustrating, that...

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