Romeo & Juliet - Tragedy, Love Story or both?

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Shakespeare's tragedy, Romeo and Juliet, is the tale of two

lovers who take their lives for each other when their love is hindered

by their feuding parents. After reading Romeo and Juliet, apparently a

tragedy, I would say that this story contains aspects of both a

love story and a tragedy. The tale of two teenagers who fall in

love at first sight and then marry, become true lovers and then

risk it all for their love cannot surely be all tragedy. However,

it is a tragedy, and has been called that for decades.

I will discuss with you what makes this story a tragedy, and

then what makes it a love story.

To begin, the family Montague and the family Capulet had been

locked in a feud for years, even so that their servants fought

on the street.

This is the tragedy that sets off the train of

other misfortunes, and if these conflicts were resolved, none

of the further things I am about to mention would have


The tragedy of Romeo's love for Rosalind, she too was a

Capulet, and so that barred his love for her, although she also

did not love him.

Quite obviously, the misfortune of Romeo and Juliet's

forbidden love. This is the basis of the whole story. For two

people to love each other and not be able to show their true

feelings for each other is ultimately very frustrating. It's

'Guess Who's Coming To Dinner' style.

The tragedy of Tybalt's death. Another result of the family

fight, this was a tragedy for all involved, the Capulets and the

Montagues, because Romeo was banished from Verona.

The blight of the messenger not getting to Romeo in time.

Romeo just missing...