Comparative Essay: Romeo and Juliet and To Kill a Mockingbird

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Jun 14, 2013 For most time a tragedy is more appealing than a comedy. Because it can cause great suffering, and destruction so that readers will not forget it for a long time. Probably because of tragic elements, both Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare and To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee are well known works. At the same time, there are sort of similarities between them. By examining, conflicts, weaknesses of humanity and deaths, common elements of tragedy are demonstrated. The first tragic similarity in Romeo and Juliet and To Kill A Mockingbird is they both have conflicts. For example, the conflict of the Capulets and the Montagues is stated at the very beginning of the play. These two families are of equal…show more content…
And the real misfortune will happen as another tragic thing by conflicts. In addition, another sad conflict in the play occurs while Sir Capulet decides Juliet’s wedding with Paris is on next Thursday, but Juliet refuses. As a result, Sir Capulet gets angry and loses his senses. He swears, “Hang thee young baggage, disobedient wrench! I tell thee that - get thee to church on Thursday, [o]r never after look me in the face. Speak not, reply not do not answer me” (Shakespeare III.v.160-162). Juliet is the only alive child of the Capulets, it cannot be denied that Sir Capulet love this daughter, but it depends on that Juliet must obey all his orders and decisions. Once this rule is broken the conflict appears. And the result of Juliet will be “never after look [Capulet] in the face”. It is impossibly to reach an agreement without think about others. Later on, Juliet has no choice but “death” in order to escape this unwilling wedding, which becomes the most tragic thing in the whole play. By comparison, how do Maycomb folks solve their disagreements? The common way is violent which is also cruel. For example, Jem and Scout follow Atticus to the jail but do not bothers him. Then they intend to go home after assuring that Atticus is all right. At the same time, several dust cars arrive in front of the jail , some men get out of the cars but it is hard to see their faces. Those men feel like taking Tom from the jail. Of course,
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