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How far are Romeo and Juliet responsible for their own deaths?

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How far are Romeo and Juliet responsible for their own deaths? In this essay I will discus how far Romeo and Juliet are responsible for there own deaths. I will first explain about fate and destiny. And then how this is linked with Romeo and Juliet. Then I will conclude this essay. What is fate? I believe that fate is an event that cannot be changed, it is an event that is going to happen and that it cant be changed. In the play Romeo and Juliet there is many references to the "stars" and fate/destiny. In the Victorian era many beloved that when you were born the "stars" mapped out your future and that it could not be changed. This relates to Romeo and Juliet as the play describes them as "star-crossed" lovers. This means that fate and there future was planned to end in sadness. Romeo plays a big part in his and Juliet's death. I believe this because Romeo is young and easily influential so he makes snap decisions about life and death. ...read more.


At the beginning of the play the nurse supported the romance between Romeo and Juliet. But after Tybolt's death the nurse becomes worried and tells Juliet she should do what here parents want and marry Paris. This then confuses Juliet and makes her believe that no one wants her and Romeo to be married leading the only way-out as death. For Juliet the nurse is the most influential character in the play. This is because the nurse plans and helps carry out the marriage between Romeo and Juliet. But the main reason the nurse is responsible for Juliet's death is that the nurse confuses her. "Then hie you hence Friar Lawrence's cell. There stores husband to make you wife." In this sentence the nurse says that Juliet should go to friar Lawrence's cell to get married. But in this next scene "I think it best you married with the county " the nurse is worried and that Juliet should marry Paris, this leaves Juliet confused. "Myself have power to die" this leads us to believe that Juliet is going to kill herself. ...read more.


Late on in the play Juliet feels she is pressured by Lord and Lady Capulet to marry Paris. After Romeo's banishment to Mantua Lord Capulet finds out that Juliet is not in love with Paris. "Hang thee young baggage, disobedient wretch" In this scene Lord Capulet is angry and disgraced that Juliet does not want to marry Paris. After this event Juliet believes there only way to be with Romeo is death, this shows that Lord and Lady Capulet play a large part in the death of Romeo and Juliet. Overall I believe that the main characters share the responsibility for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. This is because characters like Lord and Lady Capulet pressure Juliet for marriage and Romeo's banishment after killing Tybolt means that he cant see Juliet unless in secret. This forces Romeo and Juliet to find another way to be together. Also Romeo and Juliet themselves are largely responsible because Romeo rushes into marriage with Juliet and he makes snap decisions about what to-do when he finds out that Juliet is dead. In conclusion I believe the main characters share the responsibility for the death of Romeo and Juliet. ...read more.

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