Romeo and Juliet | Critical Essay by Joan Ozark Holmer

This literature criticism consists of approximately 27 pages of analysis & critique of Romeo and Juliet.
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Critical Essay by Joan Ozark Holmer

SOURCE: Holmer, Joan Ozark. ‘“Myself Condemned and Myself Excus'd”: Tragic Effects in Romeo and Juliet.Studies in Philology 88, no. 3 (Summer 1991): 345-62.

In the following essay, Holmer analyzes the way in which Shakespeare utilized the character of Mercutio to make the play—and our reaction to its themes and characters—more complex and ironic than its sources.

Romeo and Juliet, although a tragedy written early in Shakespeare's career, persists in being a problematic play while it continues to command our modern sympathies in spanning the socio-historical changes wrought over the passage of some four hundred years since the play first captured “two hours' traffic of our stage” (Prologue, 12).1 This tragedy's captivating story and its compelling presentation of romance, beauty, and powerful passions for good and ill...

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