Romeo and Juliet Tragic Hero

Updated: 2/26/2019
Romeo and Juliet Tragic Hero
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No matter what they were named, William Shakespeare’s plays would still be great works of art, so it may not matter what we call them. Generally though, Shakespeare wrote three types of plays: Tragedy, Comedy, and History. These names help us understand the archetypes of a play and better analyze its events. After all, The Comedy of Romeo and Juliet would be a very different play from The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet. Perhaps it would be a farce about two star-crossed lovers, doomed to suffer humorous mistakes of identity and bumbling servants. It wouldn’t be the story of woe we are all so familiar with.
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The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

Lesson Plans by Rebecca Ray

The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet is about two star­-crossed lovers from feuding families, who take their own lives. Through a series of unfortunate events, fate and chance turn against the lovers. Romeo, a Montague, and Juliet, a Capulet, marry in secret, but are soon separated. The two die tragically in one of the most famous examples of dramatic irony.


Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet

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What is a Tragic Hero? Teaching Romeo and Juliet Tragic Hero | Shakespearean tragedies

Storyboard Text

  • HAMARTIA
  • HUBRIS
  • PERIPETEIA
  • Romeo's flaw is his impulsive nature. He quickly falls in love and gets in fights.
  • ANAGNORISIS
  • Romeo, I just heard that Juliet of Verona is dead!
  • I can't live without her
  • In his pride, Romeo forces Friar Lawrence to marry him and Juliet.
  • NEMESIS
  • I will take this poison to be with my love!
  • Romeo kills Tybalt, and is banished from Verona.
  • CATHARSIS
  • Romeo learns of Juliet's death.
  • The false poison that causes Juliet to appear dead, and the real poison that Romeo drinks to kill himself
  • The fighting ends with the lovers' deaths, but it could all have been avoided if the friar's letter was delivered.