Themes Presented in Shakespeare's Tragic Play Romeo and Juliet

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Romeo and Juliet is one of the most famous plays in history, which is written by William Shakespeare. This play is Shakespeare’s first play about tragedy. Romeo and Juliet is a very deep and profound play about two ‘star-crossed’ lovers met at a ball. Within this play Shakespeare used deep, complex language to describe their insightful character also their actions towards each other. Romeo and Juliet is about two lovers from families who have set a grudge upon each other, in this complex piece of art William Shakespeare has put the protagonist within ruinous events where love is hard and where love has to be flawless. The plot of Romeo and Juliet is as I said earlier, about two star-crossed lovers met at a ball. Although they have …show more content…
Then Romeo realises that he made a fatal flaw. As Romeo dies Juliet’s loneliness grows over her, from that she stabs her self with Romeo’s sword and they both just lay their lifelessly.
This play fits within the tragic genre because at Elizabethan times, tragic plays had to incorporate the death of the protagonist at the end, leaving the audience with a feeling of loss, regret and a hollow victory. In this case the protagonists are Romeo and Juliet. The themes that are embraced within this play are mostly arrogance, male pride, secrecy and physical violence. First of all arrogance is shown principally by Mercutio, given in act 3 scene 1, he insults Tybalt by calling him a “ratcatcher”. The word “ratcatcher” links in with Tybalt’s name which means ‘king of cats’. He has much courage to insult the cousin of Romeo’s love; also his arrogance overpowers his mind when he tries to scare Tybalt by giving the names of sword’s moves (‘passado’). To make this play fit more into the tragic genre,the arrogance also link in with another theme that Shakespeare has put in which is male pride. this is shown by several character but it is mainly shown by Romeo and Mercutio. As Tybalt killed Mercutio, Romeo
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