Many people don’t realize that The Crucible is a tragedy. As defined by Oxford Dictionary, a tragedy is “a play dealing with tragic events and having an unhappy ending, especially one concerning the downfall of the main character.” This very accurately describes The Crucible. Its tragic events include people being falsely accused of witchcraft and sentenced to jail or death. It has an unhappy ending in which many major characters are killed.
Ophelia is by far one of the most tragic characters in Shakespeare ’s play The Tragedy of Hamlet. She loses everything she holds precious, such as her father and Hamlet’s affections, and is manipulated by the men who claim to love her. Throughout the play, Ophelia is nothing but a pawn in the men’s schemes. The people around her mask their true intentions, leading her to a life of deceit.
Analytical Essay: Romeo and Juliet We often blame fate for the problems we face in our lives but sometimes events take place because of our own actions. In the tragedy of William Shakespeare, Romeo, and Juliet, two lovers come across each other building conflict which then leads to the death of them both and others. Although they are referred to as “star-crossed lovers”, there are many events that take place that could have been avoided if they had chosen to do so. Conflict in the play has already started before Romeo and Juliet have even met each other.
Furthermore, she wrongly placed her trust in the wrong people, Friar Lawrence and the Nurse. Her death was a cry for help because she felt lonely, abandoned, and depressed. Her actions were mainly based upon distress of love. Those two people were never there for her and Juliet takes responsibility for her decisions thereafter. Friar Lawrence, Capulet, and Juliet have made unwise choices and behaviors, leaving them at fault for the losses of the houses, Capulet and Montague.
Loss: The Ultimate Game Changer “The course of true love never did run smooth” William Shakespeare. In William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Romeo and Juliet are faced with many obstacles to overcome in order for their love to prevail. One of the most prevalent obstacles in the play is loss. The experience of loss forces change on the characters in Romeo and Juliet.
The scene of Edna’s rebirth, leaves the reader with the infinite possibility of ways the story could conclude. However, in the end, Edna finally escapes society completely. When Edna swims out in the water for the first time Chopin gives the reader insight to Edna’s freedom and strength. However, Chopin foreshadows Edna’s tragic death when Edna feels a sense of loneliness and she begins “to lose herself,” (48). Edna will lose herself to the seductive voice of the sea.
Firstly, Friar Laurence married Romeo and Juliet knowing that their families hated each other and that it could end very poorly (Shakespeare 944-45). Friar knew this was a bad idea, but he continued with it and married the two. However, if he did not do this he would never be in trouble and Romeo and Juliet would then have to get married the ordinary way, thus, letting both families know. Next Friar decides to give Juliet a vial which will put her in a death-like state and sends a letter to Romeo about the plan, but it does not get to him (Shakespeare 993-1012). If Friar Laurence did not give Juliet the vial, Romeo would not kill himself because he thinks Juliet is dead.
Many people think the story of Romeo and Juliet is just a lovey, dovey, romantic play, but what they don’t know is that it is filled with violence, darkness, and guilt. Throughout the play, rules are broken, many secrets are kept, and the lives of loved ones are taken. We all know that this story ends in the death of two star crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet, but how did this happen? Romeo’s tragic downfall was caused by his mistake of getting in between Tybalt and Mercutio’s argument. Romeo’s tragic mistake begins with him arriving to the scene, finding his best friend Mercutio arguing with a Capulet, Tybalt.
In William Shakespeare’s tragedy Romeo and Juliet, the three letters affect the plot and outcome of the play by bringing death, banishment, and resolution to the play. Romeo’s letter resolves numerous issues toward the end of the play by showing and explaining what has really happened. The letter made by Friar Lawrence causes many tragedies, including death by the mistakes made in the delivery of the letter which eventually changes the play’s outcome. Tybalt’s letter alters the outcome of the play by developing a feud in the play between two characters which eventually leads to unpleasant events.
This is mainly due to the impulsivity of this group of teens. This same impulsivity is what leads to the majority of their deaths. Although Romeo and Juliet's impulsivity is the main reason for their death, their deaths can also be blamed for miscommunication. In the play, Lady Capulet makes many decisions for Juliet without her consent. She assumes that Juliet will be happy with her decision that she should love Paris.
Through reading Oedipus The King, Slaughterhouse 5, and watching Pan’s Labyrinth there has been one message that is most evident to me; often when humans are faced with difficult lives they resort to a state of denial so they do not have to come to terms with the unsatisfying reality of their lives. Even though morals teach people to face their problems instead of running away from them, the main characters in these three stories seem to live happier lives with denial. In all three of these stories the main character is grappling with an irreversible conflict. In Oedipus The King, Oedipus is told by Teiresias that he did in fact kill King Laius. Instead of considering that he may have in fact committed this crime Oedipus denies this allegation
The speed and slowness of time impact decisions and lead to many different outcomes. In Shakespeare’s Hamlet, time is a very important aspect of the play. The timing of King Hamlet’s death and Hamlet’s choices thereafter all highlight the importance of both taking action and delaying actions. Hamlet’s hesitation with avenging his father’s death along with the queen’s decision to quickly marry her dead husband’s brother not only emphasizes the importance of choices, but also how the timing of these choices leads to other decisions. Author Eric Levy states that Hamlet and the other characters’ choices are chaotic and add emphasis to the idea that “time is out of joint” and needs to be set back in place (1.5.196).
The Tragedy of Hamlet is written as substantial, yet subtle. Shakespeare creates this drama with twists and turns in each scene, which spikes some readers to sit on edge of one’s seat. Shakespeare uses soliloquies, dramatic dialogues, and revenge tragedy to unfold a tremendous amount of details of Hamlet, thus causing a dramatic irony approach. Hamlet and Ophelia’s love for one another is played quite differently in Laurence Oliver than Franco Zeffirelli’s version of this tragic play. Ophelia and Hamlet’s love for one another was separated due to Ophelia’s oppression in the play.
The character of Ophelia enters as an innocent young woman. She enters a world of madness. She is incapable of rational thinking, so her death may have been accidental rather than a suicide. An indicator that supports the argument that her death was accidental is that typically in Shakespeare’s plays, suicides have their own dramatic scene. In Hamlet, Ophelia’s death was not seen; she was found dead after drowning.