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Shakespeare Essay

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William Shakespeare is considered the greatest poet and playwright of all time. He gained this fame for his excellent use of words and he is very well known for his creation of tragic heroes. Shakespeare created the tragic hero and there are a few rules and ways to find the tragic hero of a story. A tragedy created by Shakespeare "is, in fact, essentially a tale of suffering and calamity, conducting the hero to death." In many of Shakespeare's plays that have tragic heroes, he has the characters present a side of themselves that shows some sort of insanity, and he also includes things that are supernatural. Shakespeare was born at Stratford-upon-Avon, in England, and was the eldest son of ...view middle of the document...

At the young age of eighteen, Shakespeare married an older woman, Anne Hathaway, who was 26. Such a marriage was very uncommon in those days. She gave birth to their first child, Susanna, just six months after their marriage. Just three years later, Anne gave birth to twins, Judith and Hamnet, who died at young ages in their childhood. William Shakespeare moved to London in 1595, where he began to write plays and sonnets. He also performed in many plays, as a part of Lord Chamberlain's Men. In 1611, Shakespeare retired from writing and went home to Stratford to live with his wife. Just five years later, William Shakespeare died on April 23, 1616, exactly 52 years following his birth.William Shakespeare developed his tragedies and set up certain rules to go along with them. In all of Shakespeare's plays, the tragic hero is usually one man. However, an exception takes place when he wrote love tragedies where the heroine is a part of the tragedy. The story is written around the tragic hero and involves the rising action to the death of the hero. "Shakespeare's tragic heroes will be men of rank; the calamities that befall them will be unusual and exceptionally disastrous in themselves." Shakespeare also adds abnormal and supernatural events, such as omens or warnings from the gods, to add action and clarify what is happening. The tragic heroes are usually compared with previous happiness or glory. "The hero falls unexpectedly from a high place, a place of glory, or honor, or joy, and as a consequence, we feel that kind of awe at the depths to which he is suddenly plunged." This technique shows that a character has his downfall from a tragic flaw. A tragic flaw is when a person has a good trait but they take it to an extreme, causing their downfall.The plays, Romeo and Juliet and Julius Caesar, are two stories of great tragedy and tragic heroes or heroines. The play Romeo and Juliet, is a play about two young lovers. They meet just once and instantly fall in love. In this tragedy, the tragic hero is Romeo. Romeo demonstrates and conveys all of the necessary characteristics of a tragic hero. In the play Julius Caesar, Shakespeare shows the audience a man who shows every single aspect of a tragic hero. Even more evident is Shakespeare's use of a tragic personal flaw in the tragic character, which is Brutus. His love for Caesar is apparent but his profound love for Rome is even more evident when he goes through with the murder of his supposed best friend. In these two plays, the tragic heroes are doomed with a personal flaw or characteristic that causes their downfall. These two characters have all of the elements necessary to be tragic heroes: high rank, originally good, involved in a conflict, tragically flawed, ultimately becomes isolated, and finally the tragic hero dies from the conflict.The two plays being examined, Romeo and Juliet and Julius Caesar, are two plays that both include tragic heroes. In Romeo and Juliet, Romeo displays all of the...

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