Romeo and Juliet—Shakespearean Tragedy
Lecture no. 19 from the course: William Shakespeare: Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies
Taught by Professor Peter Saccio | 31 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Literature & Language Courses
In Shakespeare's time, the word "tragedy" was used loosely to mean any story about calamity, especially a fall from a high place. Shakespeare creates many kinds of tragic effects and leaves his characters free to seek the meaning of their own lives. The special characteristic of Romeo and Juliet lies in the derivation of a situation usually used in comedy: young lovers attempting to escape the barriers put up by unsympathetic parents and a hostile society.