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by William Shakespeare

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How is Romeo a tragic hero in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet?

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In addition, the tragic hero must make some kind of error in judgment that leads to a reversal of his fortune and his own destruction. When Romeo comes between the dueling Tybalt and Mercutio—no matter how good his intentions are—he does, indeed, reverse his fortune. He thinks that he can simply stop the fight, but he errors in failing to realize that Tybalt would do something dishonorable. Tybalt stabs Mercutio under Romeo's arm when Mercutio cannot see him, causing Mercutio to curse both the houses of Capulet and Montague. Then, Romeo feels compelled to slay Tybalt in order to avenge Mercutio. For this crime, he is banished to Mantua, and he only gets to spend one night with Juliet, his new bride. Then, in order to cheer her up after the death of her beloved cousin, Juliet's parents decide to arrange a hasty wedding so as to produce some cause for joy. This compels her to fake her own death. When Romeo does not get the message from Friar Lawrence , he goes to her tomb and takes poison so...

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