Romeo and Juliet: Awful or Useless Figures? An analysis of the Shakesperean characters Romeo and Juliet. Argues that they are terrible figures as opposed to useless figures.One of the most essential problems in the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet is that of choice. Do the characters have the ability to select what they wish to do, or are they merely destined to participate in death and destruction? There is sufficient evidence of both fate and free will in the play, and the existence of both greatly affects the analysis of the plot and the characters. I personally think that Romeo and Juliet are terrible figures. The characters’ personalities, the feud, and basic misfortune cause the majority of the issues that emerge throughout the play.
Tybalt indirectly triggers Romeo’s exile by attempting to incite him to a duel, which leads to Tybalt fighting with Mercutio, which in turn causes Romeo to eliminate Tybalt in revenge. Eliminating Tybalt caused not just Romeo’s exile: it also activated a chain of events causing the deaths of Romeo, Juliet, Paris, and Woman Montague. Another example of an event beyond the control of either Romeo or Juliet was the hastening of the marriage by Capulet so regarding distract Juliet from what he errors for sorrow over Tybalt’s death. Juliet then consumes a sleeping potion produced by Friar Laurence that offers her the look of death.
Friar John’s delay is the most striking example of fate in Romeo and Juliet as the reason for it was totally out of the characters’ control. Clearly, Romeo then believed Juliet to be dead, evntually causing him to eliminate Paris and himself. The actions that were needed to avoid the regrettable events in Romeo and Juliet straight contradict the characters’ personalities. Romeo’s fundamental over-emotionalism eliminated nearly all possibility of a happy ending. In my viewpoint, Shakespeare clearly meant for romeo and Juliet to be considered as terrible figures. Fate as a dominating force is evident 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,” which their death will end their moms and dads’ fight. There are lots of such examples throughout the play pointing to this intent. Shakespeare casts fate, fortune, and the warring families as the forces responsible for the death of the characters (Romeo, Juliet, Mercutio, Tybalt, Paris, and Woman Montague). In conclusion, the characters in Romeo and Juliet are terrible in nature, and I believe it was Shakespeare’s intent for them to be considered as such.