Romeo and Juliet: Terrible or Worthless Figures? An analysis of the Shakesperean characters Romeo and Juliet. Argues that they are tragic figures rather than useless figures.One of the most essential concerns in the disaster of Romeo and Juliet is that of choice. Do the characters have the ability to choose what they want to do, or are they simply destined to participate in death and damage? There is adequate proof of both fate and free choice in the play, and the presence of both greatly affects the interpretation of the plot and the characters. I personally believe that Romeo and Juliet are awful figures. The characters’ personalities, the feud, and basic misfortune cause the majority of the issues that arise throughout the play.
Tybalt indirectly causes Romeo’s exile by attempting to incite him to a battle, which results in Tybalt battling with Mercutio, which in turn triggers Romeo to kill Tybalt in vengeance. Killing Tybalt triggered not just Romeo’s exile: it likewise triggered a chain of events resulting in the deaths of Romeo, Juliet, Paris, and Lady Montague. Another example of an event beyond the control of either Romeo or Juliet was the hastening of the marital relationship by Capulet so regarding sidetrack Juliet from what he mistakes for sorrow over Tybalt’s demise. Juliet then consumes a sleeping potion created by Friar Laurence that gives her the appearance of death.
Friar John’s hold-up is the most striking example of fate in Romeo and Juliet as the cause of it was totally out of the characters’ control. Undoubtedly, Romeo then believed Juliet to be dead, evntually triggering him to kill Paris and himself. The actions that were needed to prevent the regrettable occasions in Romeo and Juliet straight oppose the characters’ personalities. Romeo’s inherent over-emotionalism got rid of nearly all possibility of a joyful ending. In my viewpoint, Shakespeare clearly planned for romeo and Juliet to be viewed as tragic figures. Fate as a controling force appears from the very beginning of the play.
The Chorus presents the power of fortune in the opening prologue when we are told that Romeo and Juliet are “star-crossed” (predestined for misfortune) and “death-marked,” and that their death will end their moms and dads’ fight. There are numerous such examples throughout the play indicating this intent. Shakespeare casts fate, fortune, and the warring families as the forces accountable for the death of the characters (Romeo, Juliet, Mercutio, Tybalt, Paris, and Lady Montague). In conclusion, the characters in Romeo and Juliet are terrible in nature, and I think it was Shakespeare’s objective for them to be deemed such.