Why is Romeo and Juliet a tragedy?
Regarding Romeo and Juliet, you would think this would be a relatively easy question to answer. But the definition of tragedy has changed a bit through the years, and people don't always agree on what constitutes a tragedy. In general, if the story has a sad ending, or if the protagonist fails to achieve his goal, the story is considered to be a tragedy. If the protagonist is successful and the story has a happy ending, it could be classified as a comedy. If there is one thing we can be absolutely certain of, Romeo and Juliet does not have a happy ending.
We call it a tragedy, although there are some scenes that make us laugh, usually involving the nurse.
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