Romeo And Juliet: Genre


Everyday tragedies occur across the world, from injustices from law enforcement, miscarriages and murder-suicides. Romeo and Juliet is a love tale that reminds us that no matter what happens in life, love is the most powerful tool. Often adapted into several different settings, the premise of Romeo and Juliet remains the same: true love is worth the ultimate sacrifice; death. Developed in 1597 by the world famous William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet is one of the most famous plays that was ever written.

Two young star crossed lovers, Romeo of the Montague family and Juliet of the Capulet’s find love in between the turbulence of their feuding families. Romeo attends a ball where he is meant to meet a girl named Rosaline that he has been infatuated with, but instead falls for Juliet. Tybalt, Juliet’s cousin, is so enraged that he snuck into the ball that he attempts to kill Romeo but is stopped by Juliet’s father as he does not want bloodshed in his own home. This gives the two young lovers enough time to formulate a plan to reconcile their families feuds with the help of Friar Laurence who agrees to marry them the next day. Romeo ends up killing Tybalt when he gets into an argument with his cousin Mercutio flees to avoid death persecution. Juliet’s family finds out about the wedding so she takes a potion to put her into a deathlike coma for forty-two hours but when Romeo does not find the message in time he kills himself since he cannot be with his bride. Juliet finds out that he killed himself and so kills herself in return in order to be with her husband in the after life. This causes the family’s to reconcile their differences since they both lost their beloved children.

Tragedies were often written by Shakespeare as a form of drama that was based on suffering as a human. They also produce a powerful theme on cultural identity as these events happen to everyday people throughout their entire lives, no matter what gender, color, creed, race or religion they may be. Some of Shakespeare’s other tragedies, which are the most famous and successful in the English language, are equally as famous to include Julius Caesar and Othello. Tragedies serve as a way to remind the human condition that although life can be enjoyable and prosperous, it is not without its share of woes.