Romeo as A Tragic Hero

Romeo as A Tragic Hero
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  • Nemesis
  • "O Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou? Deny thy father and refuse thy name. Or if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love, And I'll no longer be a Capulet."
  • Hubris
  • "This shall determine that."
  • "Thou, wretched boy, that didst consort him here shalt with him hence."
  • Hamartia
  • "Good pilgrim, you do wrong your hand too much, Which mannerly devotion shows in this, For saints have hands that pilgrims' hands do touch, And palm to palm is holy palmers' kiss."
  • "(Taking Juliet's hand) If I profane with my unworthiest hand This holy shrine, this gentle sin is this: My lips, two blushing pilgrims, ready stand To smooth that rough touch with a tender kiss."
  • Romeo's nemesis is that the girl he loves, Juliet, comes from his family's arch enemy. The Montagues (Romeo's family) hates the Capulets (Juliet's family). This fate cannot be avoided.
  • Anagnorisis
  • "Is she a Capulet? O dear account! My life is my foe’s debt."
  • Romeo's pride led to the murder of Tybalt, and also Romeo being exiled. Romeo let the idea of Tybalt having the last laugh (after Tybalt killed Mercutio) get in the way of rationalizing. Romeo couldn't sacrifice his pride.
  • Catharsis
  • Romeo's fatal flaw, is his inability to rationalize, or think before acting. He falls in love very quickly with those he has barley even known.
  • Peripeteia
  • "(ROMEO opens the tomb to reveal JULIET inside) A grave? Oh, no. A lantern, slaughtered youth, For here lies Juliet, and her beauty makes This vault a feasting presence full of light. Death, lie thou there, by a dead man interred."
  • Romeo's anagnorisis is finding out the Juliet is a Capulet. This is a critical discovery because they are in love, but he knows now that she is from the enemy family.
  • Romeo's catharsis is when he kills himself because he believes that Juliet is dead. The audience feels for Romeo because he is unaware that Juliet isn't really dead.
  • "Here’s to my love! (drinks the poison) O true apothecary, Thy drugs are quick. Thus with a kiss I die."
  • Romeo's peripeteia is when he kills himself, right before Juliet wakes up from her sleep. Juliet's death was staged, and the fortune was to originally have the two marry in secret. But, the reversal of fortune was that they both die.
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