The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet
There has been many famous plays come out of England during the Elizabethan era. Some of the best work done in the age was written by the now renowned William Shakespeare. His better known stories today are not his comedies, but his Tragedies. The story of Romeo and Juliet is set in Verona, Italy sometime around the fifteenth century, where the two houses of Capulet and Montague are constantly in merciless duels with each other. Romeo, son of a Montague, first saw Juliet, daughter of a Capulet, when he and trusted friend Mercutio snuck into a Capulet party. When his eyes fell upon her he fell in love, but his love would hold a horrible fate for them both. Romeo and Juliet is a well written play of a young and innocent couple who is doomed from the start because of a long-lasting family feud. The story of the ill-fated lovers is one of William Shakespeare’s second and most affectionate tragedies. Romeo and Juliet are written as being sincere, loyal, brave, and desperately in love, and it is because of their innocents that their death is moreover tragic.
Shakespeare shows that Romeo, in the very first scene, almost seems to condemn the violence between his family and the Capulet family because of the infatuation he has with Rosaline of the Capulet family. This is known because after knowing of brawl that had taken place earlier that day, he says to his cousin:
ROMEO. Oh me! What fray was here?
Yet tell me not, for I have heard it all.
Here’s much to do with hate, but more with love!
Why, then, O brawling love! O loving hate!
O any thing, of nothing first create!
O heavy lightness! Serious vanity!
Mis-shapen chaos of well-seeming forms! (I.i.166-172)
“He means the fray has much to do with the hate between the rival houses, yet affects him more, inasmuch as his Rosaline is of the Capulet family; that what has just passed has had reference to the animosity which divides the two factions, and has always shown him...