You don’t have to watch an HBO series to get this reaction—characters in books can lead to the same feelings.
Whether on screen or in text, many of these characters are what’s known as tragic heroes.
This really gets the pity party going in the audience.
Lastly, tragic heroes are undone by their own actions or flaws.
The main two qualities about tragic heroes, though, is that they are just like you and me and that they suffer more than they deserve to.
This is critical to the response writers want to evoke from readers.
Instead, he remains indecisive about whether his uncle, Claudius, was the murderer.
Even after he discovers his uncle killed his father, he can’t decide on how to enact his revenge and obsesses over it.
Romeo’s obsessive love is what causes him to kill himself at the thought of Juliet being dead (if he had held out another hour or two, he would’ve been fine).
And inadvertently, it’s Romeo’s suicide that causes Juliet’s death.