The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. What makes the tragic heros tragic? Theme of "Moderation"

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The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, written in the late 1500's by William Shakespeare, is a beautiful play about two young adults from rival families whose love brings them to destruction through their irrational decisions and passionate feelings. Throughout the tragedy, Shakespeare chooses intellectual characters. Some who wear their hearts on their sleeve, some who have common sense, and others, while overly passionate, find a way to become noble heroes. While watching the characters grow throughout the play, we find our tragic hero, Romeo, over-passionate, irrational, but through it all, noble. His soon to be bride, Juliet Capulet, starts out as a moderate (someone who thinks on their logic not their emotions), but turns to a dark side of overly passionate through Romeo. While these two characters become what they shouldn't, Benvolio is our perfect example of why moderation is, for lack of a better word, pure ecstasy. He is logic, with common sense.

He thinks things through and doesn't act on his emotions. While Romeo and Juliet reveal their characters as overly passionate, we see why it is so wrong. We are shown that it is wrong for the simple fact that it brings their characters to their destruction. While we know it is this that brings their destruction, we somehow find them both to be noble. They both become our noble tragic heroes but Benvolio is our true moderation.

We start with Romeo Montague, of the Montague family. From the very beginning we find Romeo all alone in love. Although Romeo is in love, he is deeply depressed because the love of his life, who at the time is Rosaline, is not only uninterested, but is a member of his family's rival family, the Capulets. Romeo hardly knows a thing about her but confesses this about love...

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