This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Tragedy In Romeo And Juliet Essay

1675 words - 7 pages

THE TRAGEDY

OF

ROMEO AND JULIET

THE WORKS

OF

SHAKESPEARE

THE TRAGEDY OF
ROMEO AND JULIET

EDITED BY

EDWARD DOWDEN

METHUEN AND CO.
36 ESSEX STREET: STRAND

LONDON

1900

667241

CONTENTS

PAGE

INTRODUCTION .... . . . . ix

THE TRAGEDY OF ROMEO AND JULIET i

APPENDIX I. SOME PASSAGES FROM THE QUARTO OF 1597 183
APPENDIX II. ANALYSIS OF BROOKE'S "THE TRAGICALL

HlSTORYE OF ROMEUS AND JULIET," WITH QUOTA-
TIONS l88

APPENDIX III. RUNAWAY'S EYES i97

INTRODUCTION

IN the text of this edition of Romeo and Juliet I have
introduced only two readings not previously found in
editions ...view middle of the document...

I may add here that if the nickname " Abraham "
was given to Cupid because he is the " father of many
nations," an additional comic effect might be gained by
choosing for Cupid a name recognised as a favourite one
with Elizabethan Puritans. In Middleton's The Family
of Love, Dryfat, a member of the " Family," says, " I
have Aminadabs and Abrahams to my godsons." I
must leave it to some more ingenious critic to make the
discovery that we should read " Abron Cupid," and that
Shakespeare had noticed in Cooper's Thesaurus (1573):
" Abron, the name of a man, whose sensualitie and
delicate life is growne to a Proverbe."

The Quarto editions of Romeo and Juliet are the
following :

" An Excellent conceited Tragedie of Romeo and Juliet,
As it hath bene often (with great applause) plaid
publiquely, by the right Honourable the L. of Hunsdon
his Servants. London, Printed by lohn Danter.

I597"(Q I)-

" The Most Excellent and lamentable Tragedie, of

Romeo and luliet. Newly corrected, augmented, and
amended : As it hath bene sundry times publiquely
acted, by the right Honourable the Lord Chamberlaine
his Servants. London Printed by Thomas Creede, for
Cuthbert Burby, and are to be sold at his shop neare
the Exchange. 1599." This, the second Quarto, I refer
to as Q, unless there is special occasion to distinguish
it as Q 2.

The third Quarto (Q 3) was printed in 1609 for

INTRODUCTION xi

John Smethwick ; the title-page describes the tragedy
as having been " sundry times publiquely Acted, by the
Kings Majesties Servants at the Globe."

The fourth Quarto (Q 4), printed also for John
Smethwicke, is without date. In some copies the word
" Globe " is followed by " Written by W. Shake-speare."
In other copies (said by Halliwell-Phillipps to be the
later issues) the name of the author does not appear.

The fifth Quarto (Q 5) is dated 1637 ; it was printed
by " R. Young for John Smethwicke."

The text of Romeo and Juliet in the first Folio, 1623,
(F) was derived from Q 3.

The editors of the Cambridge Shakespeare observe :
" As usual there are a number of changes, some
accidental, some deliberate, but all generally for the
worse, excepting the changes in punctuation and in the
stage-directions. The punctuation, as a rule, is more
correct, and the stage-directions are more complete, in
the Folio."

The second Quarto 1599 first gives the play in
full ; it is our best authority for the text ; but the correc-
tions of the later Quartos and of the Folio are valuable
aids towards ascertaining the text, while in not a few
passages Q I lends assistance which cannot elsewhere
be found.

In the present edition the readings of Q and of F
which differ from the editor's text are recorded, except a
few obvious misprints and such others as seem wholly
unimportant. Not many references are made to Q 3,
because in general its various readings...

Other Essays Like Tragedy in Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet Essay

1230 words - 5 pages explains the love story of Romeo and Juliet, a challenge. Some reviewers consider this story a tragedy because Shakespeare once wrote; “the fault is not in our stars but in ourselves”. While others say, it does not follow the standard Aristotelian form of tragedy (Krims 1). Romeo and Juliet can not be a tragedy because no flaw causes them to fall, the lovers, could not have controlled chance, and family and friends assisted them to their deaths

Romeo and Juliet Essay

1591 words - 7 pages Romeo lent him his eyes. From this quote you can infer that Romeo is prepared to sacrifice anything to be with Juliet. This is effective playwriting by Shakespeare because it again highlights the strong love and emotion behind two innocent people who are caught up in the middle of a family feud. Considering they both lose their lives, the tragedy is not that they both die but that they fall passionately in love which consequently costs them their

Romeo and Juliet

908 words - 4 pages but in their eyes." (I. ii 61-4). Romeo's respond to friar's comment by justifying his cause, "I pray thee chide me not, her I love now, doth grace for grace and love for love allow. The other did not so" (I. iii 81-3). Realistically Romeo never has spoken to Rosaline, let alone confesses his feelings to her. Romeo's love for both Rosaline and Juliet was attraction and the overwhelming desire of wanting to love. This open varies options to Romeo

Romeo And Juliet

1203 words - 5 pages William Shakespeare's romantic drama The Most Excellent and Lamentable Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, fate controls their actions, time, and place of the individuals. Romeo and Juliet unexpectedly fall in love, but they have to hide their relationship from society since the hatred between both households continues generation after generation. Personal responsibility is the main reason that contributes to Romeo and Juliet's dead. Fate is also one of the

Romeo And Juliet Essay

1040 words - 5 pages Romeo and Juliet Essay There was action and there was tragedy, but put it all together to make the perfect comedy and a perfect tragic story. William Shakespeare wrote the play Romeo and Juliet, said to be the finest written play in history, for its originality and it's many plots. This story will take you through a lot of mixed emotion and will show you what a true feud is. This story is laid out perfectly because of its true holding and

Romeo and Juliet - 835 words

835 words - 4 pages together. They also wanted most of all for the famous Capulet-Montague feud to end. The nurse is a messenger throughout the play. She delivers messages from Juliet to Romeo and vise versa. If the nurse was to be loyal to Capulet and Lady Capulet and not deliver these messages the wedding could not have been performed. The wedding was a major contributing factor to the tragedy in the climax of the movie. It is within great fact that

Romeo and Juliet - 2057 words

2057 words - 9 pages differ sharply and much of the drama comes from the clash of opposing views. Act 3 scene 5 of William Shakespeare’s tragedy of Romeo and Juliet presents the protagonists’ undying love for each other. Lord Capulet’s violent decisions concerning Juliet’s freedom and the end to the Nurse’s role as a mother figure and a friend to Juliet. Love in Act 3 scene 5 is shown in many ways. “It was the nightingale not the lark” This is an example of

Romeo and Juliet - 2193 words

2193 words - 9 pages individual stone rolls with momentum. They pick up speed and snow, growing in velocity and size until the inevitable occurs and Romeo and Juliet are engulfed in the upheaval and finished forever. William Shakespeare’s version of the play Romeo and Juliet, taken from Arthur Brooke’s play similarly titled Romeus and Juliet, is a fast paced tragedy in which a boy and girl from two feuding families meet, fall in love, bond in matrimony, and commit suicide

Fate (Romeo and Juliet)

1025 words - 5 pages where the choices you make predetermine your fate. Now why do I think fate is the one to blame for this tragedy? I believe fate is the reason that Romeo and Juliet killed themselves because it was the choices they made that whether they knew it or not were going down a path they set for themselves just because of one fateful decision… falling in love. In my speech I will be talking about all the different ways the book suggests the culprit to be

Romeo and Juliet - 1350 words

1350 words - 6 pages The classic love story of Romeo and Juliet is a play by William Shakespeare that will never be forgotten. This is a story about two “star-crossed lovers” who come from two families that are rivals, which challenges their relationship and they die as a sacrifice for each other. Many people have produced traditional and nontraditional versions of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet play. These versions have enhanced the play in a way that the obstacles

Romeo and Juliet - 1466 words

1466 words - 6 pages wife that he barely knows. If Romeo had thought a lot more and wasn’t the unreasoning juvenile that he was, the tragedy would not of taken place. Juliet, although much the same as Romeo, appeared to be a lot more mature especially considering she was younger. She is young and naïve and has never been in love. It seems that she must enjoy feeling desired by a handsome, charming young man that is Romeo. She thought things

Related Papers

Fate In William Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet

2031 words - 9 pages parent’s rage, / Which, but their children’s end, naught could remove…" -The Prologue, Romeo and Juliet (by William Shakespeare). Fate plays a major role in the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet. The prologue describes Romeo’s and Juliet’s fate, which we see come up many times later on in the play. Throughout the play, Romeo and Juliet unwittingly realize they cannot exist in such reality and that a tragic fate awaits them. The two families, the

Romeo And Juliet (Love In History)

700 words - 3 pages flashes to a statue of Jesus on the top of the Cathedral. In Juliet's room the are many statuettes and an alter for praying. The theme seems to drift away for a love written in the stars and doom for tragedy to more of a lesson for God to the two families. You almost expect at any moment for the friar to declare that "the lord works in mysterious ways".Juliet is a strong character. She obeys her parents but never appears to truely agree with them

The Pressure On Juliet In William Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet

1018 words - 5 pages The Pressure on Juliet in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet In the play Romeo and Juliet written by William Shakespeare pressure builds up Juliet. This is caused by a number of reasons. Because Juliet is the only surviving daughter , the only child of the Capulet´s , there there is a big expectancy on Juliet of the Capulets , because everybody expects her to make a marriage with a noble man

Romeo And Juliet Essay 575 Words

575 words - 3 pages TO WHAT DEGREE WERE ROMEO AND JULIET RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR OWN TRAGEDY?? Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy about two star crossed lovers whose love cannot apart them from their two feuding families. Love can cause many things, it can even lead to death, this is what happened to young Romeo and Juliet who took their own life because of the love they had for each other, although, Romeo and Juliet were not completely responsible for their deaths