Romeo could have let the law take its course and execute Tybalt but instead he let his emotions get the better of him which is very childish. “‘Benvolio’:The prince will doom thee death if art taken. Hence, be gone, away. ‘Romeo’” O, I am fortunes fool!” (3, 1, 135-136). This quotation reveals that after Romeo has calmed down, he sees how his actions were far to haste and begins to immediately regret it.
It tells us that they have no control over what will happen to them and it will lead to their death. Tybalt's death brings Romeo a moment of clarity as he realizes that he is the helpless victim of fate: "O, I am fortune's fool!" he cries, struck deeply by a sense of anger and injustice. The speed with which Mercutio and Tybalt's deaths occur, together with Romeo's marriage and banishment, all contribute to a sense of certainty - that a chain of events has been set in motion over which Romeo and Juliet have no control. bv In the scene in which Romeo is laying beside a ‘dead’ Juliet, he says: ‘I will stay with thee; And never from this palace of dim light.
A ‘tragedy’ in theatre is a play in which ‘good’ turns to ‘bad’, and ends with the downfall of the hero and/or heroine. The question of what caused the tragedy in Romeo and Juliet has been argued by many English scholars. Romeo and Juliet is centred around a strong feud between the Montagues and the Capulets, and this is often held accountable for the tragic death of the two lovers: ‘Capulet, Montague See what a scourge is laid upon your hate That heaven finds means to kill your joys with love.’ (V.3.291-3) Although this may contribute to the disastrous outcome of the play, it cannot be held entirely to blame. Right at the beginning of Romeo and Juliet, the Chorus tells us that we are to see a pair of ‘star-crossed lovers take their life’. (Line 6).
Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” is a story of two young adults from opposing families who fall into a forbidden love and attempt to elope; due to a series of mischances and fated errors, they instead end up dead, despite having the help and guidance of a friar. This leads one to believe that Friar Lawrence is the prime example of a tragic hero, as he is a man who is essentially good, holy, and trusted by Venegas 2 everyone. However, his inclination towards his heart instead of his intellect, as Fate strolls in control of his actions, leads to his fall and the deaths of the very people he only tried to help. Friar Lawrence holds a high place in society. Associated with the Holy Catholic Church and presented as a wise man, he is automatically trusted and respected by everyone in Verona, specifically Romeo.
Although light can represent love and beauty, it is not always good in the two lovers interest. The day can metaphorically work against them and we find that it pushes Romeo and Juliet apart. We often connect darkness to being a form of evil, but for Romeo and Juliet that could be the complete opposite. The love that they share can only be shared at night. The feud that is brewing between the Montague’s and Capulet’s is the main reason why Romeo and Juliet cannot be together.
In the play Oedipus Rex by Sophocles, Oedipus character is a perfect example of the classic tragic hero. According to Aristotle's definition, Oedipus is a tragic hero because he comes from a family with royal blood, he has a tragic flaw which is the main factor to his downfall and his life is completely changed when he learns his fate. Oedipus is neither completely good nor evil; he is merely a man who is blinded by his pride, and arrogance to realize the situations he is in. Overall, Oedipus displays many characteristics that label him a tragic hero, but it is his mere thought-less actions that lead to this label. Oedipus, like many men, has his flaws.
Throughout the story, fate unavoidably befalls both Romeo and Juliet to their deaths. In its first address to the audience, the Chorus states that Romeo and Juliet are “star-crossed,” that is to say that fate directs them. Thus, it is the most responsible influence for the couple's tragic ending. Destiny intertwines itself in Romeo’s life in a manifold of ways. When Romeo and his friends sneak into the Capulet’s party, Romeo is hesitant to do so because of a bad dream he had, and says, “My mind misgives/Some consequence yet hanging in the stars/Shall bitterly begin his fearful date/With this night’s revels and expire the term/Of a despised life, closed in my breast/By some vile forfeit of untimely death” (I. IV.
Fate is the prominent reason for the death of both Romeo and Juliet. In the prologue, they are illustrated as “A pair of star-crossed lovers” and later on their love is described as “death mark’d”. Right in the beginning, Shakespeare demonstrates that fate will bring them together, but it will also be the cause of their death. The play could have had a very different conclusion if some circumstances had been different. Perhaps the biggest determining factor of Romeo and Juliet’s demise was the fact that their families were feuding.
As evidenced by other great tragedies, the main character, that the audience has come to feel a connection with, must experience a downfall, and lose all he has worked for in life. Certain character traits usually bring about this inevitable collapse, and certainly Othello’s most tragic character flaw was hubris, or his pride and arrogance in his (military) position. Desdemona and Othello have conquered conventional notions of love as they come from starkly different backgrounds, but were so enchanted with one another that they threw these differences aside. However, Othello’s feelings of pride and self-worth are a powerful emotional force than his adoration of Desdemona. He is so prideful that, rather than conduct a more intensive investigation or entertain thoughts of forgiveness, he chooses to kill Desdemona when Iago presents (false) evidence of her unfaithfulness.
Guilt and Procrastination- A Deadly Combination It is better not to put off till tomorrow what you can do today. We have learned from history that procrastination can lead to many unwanted consequences. In William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” we see a very good example of procrastination. Hamlet fails to act immediately upon the news that Claudius killed his father. Hamlet’s inaction is caused by his being overwhelmed with his own conscience.