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The Tragedy Of Romeo And Juliet

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Tragedies show events that make the audience feel pity and fear for the tragic heroes because of the things that the characters had to go through. Many people feel that a tragedy is something that is sad and nothing more. However, that is not the case with Aristotle. According to Aristotle, a tragedy has several key components that have to be fulfilled before it can be considered a true tragedy. Romeo and Juliet, a classical play by William Shakespeare, has been called many things. An Aristotelian tragedy is one of them. This play is an Aristotelian tragedy because Romeo has a single tragic flaw, Juliet has a single flaw, and it has many key Aristotelian tragedy characteristics,.
Primarily, Romeo has a single flaw of being very rash in his actions. Romeo is rash in his actions concerning love. The best example of this is when Romeo wants to get married to Juliet the day after he meets her. Also, he just got out of his love with Rosaline and he falls into another supposed true love. The friar warns him that he is being hasty in his decision, but Romeo is blinded by love and pronounces “I stand on sudden haste” (II, iii, 93). This clearly displays that he is rash and that is his tragic flaw as he states it himself. He is also impetuous in the sense that he immediately picks a fight with Tybalt because Tybalt killed Mercutio. Romeo does not even bother to ponder about what happened nor does he speculate the consequences. He is blinded by his heart and he is not thinking with his head. Romeo’s “problem is not with the intensity of the emotion, but the inability to control and direct that emotion in a positive way” (Kerschen 261). To explain, Romeo goes with the flow and does not think about the effects of his actions which lead to his own downfall. Romeo creates his own downfall by killing Tybalt. Romeo is also rash when it comes to death. Romeo exclaims “Thus I enforce thy rotten jaws to open,/And in despite I’ll cram thee with more food” (V, iii, 47-48). That is to say, Romeo wants to kill himself just because Juliet died. He truly is someone who will defend what he believes his right whether that be through arguing or fighting, but as can be seen, he is very rash and his actions are quite unpredictable.
Equally important, Juliet has a single flaw and that is that she cannot make her mind. Many times, she is conflicted with who she should side with, usually between Romeo and her parents. However, she chooses Romeo and that has always lead to consequences for her. For example, she disobeys her parents by not agreeing to marry Paris. Another example is when Tybalt is killed by Romeo. She is conflicted with the question of “Shall I speak ill of him that is my husband” (III,ii, 97). Juliet ends up siding with her husband, Romeo. Again, Juliet deems “I will kiss thy lips./Haply some poison yet doth hang on them/To make me die with a restorative” (V, iii, 164-166). Juliet also kills herself. Her downfall occurs because of the “intensity of her...

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