Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is a tragic play that is known all over the world. Set in the town of Verona it tells the story of two lovers from two wealthy rival families the Montague's and the Capulet's who are dying to be with one another. However the question that is still asked around the world is, "Is Romeo and Juliet a true tragedy?" The answer is yes. Romeo and Juliet where star-crossed lovers, both from significant families are two names that come to mind when we speak of tragic characters. The Webster's dictionary defines tragedy as "A dramatic composition, dealing with a serious or sombre theme typically that of a noble person whose character is flawed by a single weakness, which causes him to break a divide law or moral precept and which leads inevitably to his downfall or destruction. Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy.
A Shakespearean tragedy deals with a main character that is considered to be great. .
However that character has a tragic flaw which leads to his death or downfall. After the death the audience fells a great remorse because the potential greatness has been unsatisfied. The main characters in this Shakespearean tragedy are Romeo and Juliet. Romeo was young man that was admired in Verona by almost everyone, even Capulet said " Verona brags of him to be a virtuous and well-govern"d youth. I would not for the wealth of all this town here in my house do disparagement." The fact that Capulet - - who was feuding with the Montague's which was what Romeo was - - spoke well of Romeo shows how well-liked he was. Both Romeo and Juliet were well-liked and were great people but, as all great people in humanity do, they each had an unfortunate flaw; both of them were quite impulsive. When Romeo and Juliet spoke outside of Juliet's window the night of the Capulet's party, they both spoke of their love for each other even though they had only met that night very briefly.