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Who was most responsible for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet?

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Who was most responsible for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet? During the story of Rome and Juliet many characters play important roles, which eventually affect the out come of the final tragedy. Each individual scene contributes to the 'grand ending' when Romeo and Juliet are discovered, to have committed suicide. This small amount of information, gives us evidence that on the whole, every character plays an important role in the deaths of both Romeo and Juliet. As a result of me believing that almost every character plays a responsible role in the deaths of Romeo and Juliet, I will only be able to concentrate on a few of the characters. The first character I will give evidence about is Friar Lawrence. Throughout out the play he comes across as a, rather, neutral character. ...read more.

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'F. John: I could not send it, here it is again-' These quotes are evidence for Friar Lawrence enquiring whether the message was distributed or not to Romeo, and Friar Johns reply. This part of the story is a large turning point because it affects the outcome of the whole story. In the closing scene, when both families arrive, Friar Lawrence happens to be the number one suspect for murdering Romeo and Juliet, given that he is the only person at the scene of three deaths. Friar Lawrence spends time retelling the entire story of Romeo and Juliet, including every significant detail. A quote from his speech is 'Romeo there dead, was husband to that Juliet, and she, there dead, that Romeo's faithful wife'. This demonstrates the Friar trying to explain what has happened, he goes on to mention how he married them both and gives the reason for why he did so. ...read more.

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I find the character of the Nurse responsible for Romeo and Juliet's deaths due to the following facts. The nurse worked along side the Friar to help get the wedding set up in secret, she also scurries around sending messages in secret to and from Romeo, for Juliet. A quote that shows the Nurse rushing around is, ' Then hie you hence to Friar Lawrence' cell, there stays a husband to make you a wife.' This is when Nurse notifies Juliet after visiting Romeo and the Friar to plan the wedding arrangements. All this information above gives enough evidence to say that almost every character in the play contributes to being responsible for the deaths of both Romeo and Juliet. Most, if not all, the characters have links to each side of the families so therefore proves that they are all to blame. ...read more.

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