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The Tragedy Of Romeo And Juliet By William Shakespeare. What Makes The Tragic Heros Tragic? Theme Of "Moderation"

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The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, written in the late 1500's by William Shakespeare, is a beautiful play about two young adults from rival families whose love brings them to destruction through their irrational decisions and passionate feelings. Throughout the tragedy, Shakespeare chooses intellectual characters. Some who wear their hearts on their sleeve, some who have common sense, and others, while overly passionate, find a way to become noble heroes. While watching the characters grow throughout the play, we find our tragic hero, Romeo, over-passionate, irrational, but through it all, noble. His soon to be bride, Juliet Capulet, starts out as a moderate (someone who thinks on their logic ...view middle of the document...

" (1.1.174-179)Romeo thinks that he knows so much of love while he is speaking in negations, yet in reality has but nothing to love. He thinks he is in love, but hardly knows a thing of this girl. Romeo doesn't think that he has so much to learn only about how beautiful she is. When Romeo meets Juliet and quickly falls in love with her, he refuses a fight against Tybalt because he is Juliet's cousin. Mercutio, Romeo's best friend, steps in and takes Romeo's place. Romeo tries to stop the fight but ends up giving Tybalt an open shot to stab Mercutio, eventually bringing his death. Romeo is so caught up in doing the "right" thing that his best friend's life is sacrificed. After Mercutio is slain, Romeo is filled with hurt and sadness.When Tybalt comes back, Romeo's emotions get the best of him and he says to Tybalt:"Alive in triumph, and Mercutio slain?Away to heaven respective lenity,And fire-eyed fury be my conduct now!Now, Tybalt, take the "villain" back againThat late thou gavest me; for Mercutio's soulIs but a little way above our head,Staying for thine to keep him company.Either thou or I, or both, must go with him!" (3.1.121-128)They fight and Romeo slays Tybalt and is banished. If Romeo had been rational and calm he could have stayed and found a way to be with Juliet, his lady. Once Romeo is forced to leave Juliet, Juliet and the Friar come up with a plan that Romeo is too late to find out about. He learns that Juliet has died and goes quickly to see if it's true. Everything goes wrong when Romeo finds Juliet. Romeo, depressed that his love is gone, decides to take his life to be with Juliet. Romeo says this before he drinks the poison:"Here, here will I remainWith worms that are thy chambermaids. O, hereWill I set up my everlasting restAnd shake the yoke of inauspicious starsFrom this world-wearied flesh. Eyes look your last!Arm, take your last embrace!" (5.3.108-113)Romeo says this, kisses Juliet, then drinks the poison. Romeo had no idea of the plan set up, and once again, followed his broken heart. Romeo's death shows us that he is unreasonable when it comes to decisions. His passionate heart brings him destruction but in this, we find brave nobility. He is depressed and indeed acts unreasonably, but he takes his life for his love, to be with her in the after life. He shows such great devotion to his bride making him our noble, tragic hero.Juliet Capulet is eventually revealed to be our tragic hero number two when her tragic flaw is revealed. She reveals her flaw when she goes from moderate to overly passionate. Juliet quickly shows this when she starts to think on her feelings and not on her logic or common sense. She shows us her much needed moderation when she is doing nothing but flirting with Romeo at the Capulet party. When he looks for a kiss she teases him by telling him this:"Good pilgrim you do wrong your hand to much.Which mannerly devotion shows in this;For saints have hands that pilgrims' hands do touch,And palm to palm is...

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