• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

"A pair of star-cross'd lovers" How far are the deaths of Romeo and Juliet Due to the family feud, to the actions of the other characters and to the idea of fate?

Extracts from this document...


Zo� Reynolds 10G 06/04/2003 " A pair of star-cross'd lovers" How far are the deaths of Romeo and Juliet Due to the family feud, to the actions of the other characters and to the idea of fate? Many characters in the play must bear responsibility for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. In addition the family feud and the role of fate may also contribute to the tragedy. Was it the fault of the nurse who drove Juliet to take the potion given to her by Friar Lawrence? Was it the unpredictable plan made by Friar Lawrence, or the ignorance of Friar Lawrence which lead to the tragedy? Or was it simply the tempers or Mercutio and Tybalt who are to blame? The parents and the family feud in the play made it very difficult for Romeo and Juliet to be together, so this meant they had to meet and marry in secret. Where the two families were involved in a feud and Romeo and Juliet were set enemies, was it fate that brought two enemies to the same gathering in which they could meet and fall in love? ...read more.


When the nurse turns on Juliet, she breaks the trust between her Juliet as the nurse had become Juliet's confident, as they had built up a relationship over the years. When it comes to the marriage to Paris, the nurse tells Juliet how she should forget Romeo because he is banished and therefore she could be happy with Paris, and he can support her with money. "I think it best you marry with the county- O he such a lovely gentlemen" Juliet is distraught by this, as her closest friend had told her to betray Romeo whom she loves. It may also be that the nurse could be using Paris as chance to cover up her actions because she had helped with the marriage to Romeo and could get herself into trouble if Juliet's parents were to find out. As Romeo had been banished, and Juliet has to marry Paris, bye encouraging the new marriage, Romeo would be forgotten and it would be as if it never happened. This shows that the nurse's fears and weaknesses make her at least partly to blame for what happened to Romeo and Juliet. ...read more.


As a result of this fight, Tybalt killed Mercutio, which infuriated Romeo. As Mercutio was Romeo's best friend Romeo was filled with revenge and killed Tybalt, meaning he was banished. Consequently the nurse encouraged the wedding to Paris, and Juliet going to the Friar for help, taking the potion and causing the two deaths. Likewise, Tybalt's temper and jealousy may also have contributed to the death. "I will withdraw, but this instruction shall, Now seeming sweet, convert to bitter gall" After the ball when Tybalt had seen Romeo and his friends intrude, he took an instant dislike to him and was determined for his revenge. In the process of detaining his revenge, his actions result in the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. In addition to the characters in the play, there was unseen force acting on Romeo and Juliet's love. The role of fate. Was it fate that two enemies fell in love? Fate that the letter couldn't be sent to Romeo and his friend Balthesar reached Romeo first? Or simply the fate that "Two star-cross'd lovers" were to end in tragedy? With all the people acting on the love of Romeo and Juliet, it was a for-gone conclusion that it would end in fatality. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Romeo and Juliet section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Romeo and Juliet essays

  1. The concept of fate - Romeo and Juliet

    hence./ I hav an in your hate's proceeding,/ My blood for your rude brawls doth lie a-bleeding;/ But I'll amerce you with so strong a fine/ That you shall repent the loss of mine./ I will be deaf to pleading and excuses;/ Nor tears nor prayers shall purchase out abuses;/ Therefore use none.

  2. Romeo And Juliet - The feud between the Montague and Capulet families and the ...

    Neither of them had experienced true love before. However because they were so young I don't think they really understood what they were getting themselves into. They were both hasty with their decisions but this was only to be accepted of two young lovers at their age. At the end of the day they were in love and

  1. Shakespeare cleverly masks the true meaning of Romeo and Juliet behind the idea of ...

    "I am fortune's fool" (act3 scene1 ll32) Romeo's reaction is not of remorse for Tybalt's slain, but the death of his and Juliet's future together. Romeo blames fate and fortune for his mistake, Shakespeare creates the atmosphere that no one is shocked or surprised by the murder, and Shakespeare also hopes that people will realise that it

  2. Writing about the story of Romeo and Juliet, in a prologue then the relationship ...

    It shows that Juliet is always looked after. Romeo is looked after the Friar could see Juliet's religious guiding figure seen as the Virgin Mary? The Madonna figure is shown at many stages throughout the film. Four of these are: The swimming pool scene when Romeo and Juliet get married

  1. Who or What Caused the Deaths of Romeo and Juliet?

    Gregory and Sampson enter the scene bearing heavy swords and shields. They also wore badges to identify their masters. They continually criticise the Montague's. This gives an impression of what is to come in the concluding stages of this scene.

  2. A Pair of star-cross'd lovers". Can fate alone be blamed for the deaths of ...

    "a pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life". This is saying that the stars are controlling the lives of Romeo and Juliet and are against them. Chance is different to fate in that it is influenced by the choices people make. Events are not pre-decided but individuals' actions create chance.

  1. In the prologue, Romeo and Juliet are described as a pair of "star cross'd ...

    The Nurse is a more physical woman who prefers the corporeal attributes of the human body rather than concentrating on love. This is perhaps why fate singled out the Friar as he was a man who could comprehend Romeo's feelings.

  2. Romeo and Juliet - "A pair of star cross'd lovers...." To what extent was ...

    Like other characters, Romeo and Juliet themselves realise how chance and misfortune go together in their lives. Juliet, ever-analytical, ponders the role of coincidence in her new-found love: "My only love sprung from my only hate! Too early seen unknown, and known too late!"

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work