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Are Romeo and Juliet responsible for their own deaths?

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Are Romeo and Juliet responsible for their own deaths? Death is an elusive concept that binds and connects a series of themes and issues that occur in Romeo and Juliet. To discuss whether Romeo and Juliet are responsible for their deaths, one must analyse various causes of this tragedy. This essay will explore the following reasons: family feuds, love, passion, and fate. First, it is important to understand the characters. Romeo we know is the only son and the main character in the story. It starts with him thinking he is in love with Rosaline (a lady whom we never see). It is not long before we discover the idea of being a lover appeals to him, as he is impulsive and passionate. This is when he quickly forgets Rosaline when he meets Juliet and within moments of time marries her. His impulsive actions are also displayed when Juliet's cousin kills his friend and Romeo avenges the murder. He then has to face the punishment of being banished from the city of Verona and consequently no longer see his beloved Juliet, without the risk of being caught Juliet is also the only child. She is loved by her parents and is very precious, as she is the only child born to the Cupulets that survived. Juliet is almost fourteen years old and has never thought about marriage, but prepared to obey her parents and look with favour on the man they have chosen for her husband, the County Paris. ...read more.


It is significantly portrayed how the feuds between the two families are also an act of passion, which add to the intensity of their hatred "Here's much to do with hate" If there was no passion and no feud the deaths may not have occurred, so passion is an arguable cause of their deaths. As well as passion, the key reason could be love. Love flowers throughout the play, it plays a significant role, and without love, there would be no Romeo and Juliet. Love is extreme throughout the story and was the reason why Romeo and Juliet met. It therefore appears in many different forms; at the beginning, Sampson and Gregory speak of love like immature children and react by laughing. Love is talked about in different ways, for example when Mercutio and the nurse mention it; they talk from a bawdy point of view. On the other hand, the love of Romeo and Juliet is so strong and deep that it is more powerful than hatred or death. Romeo and Juliet were quite young and maybe it was adolescent passion, or young love which made them unaware of the consequences, and lead them to this tragedy. Perhaps Romeo and Juliet thought killing themselves was the only possible way, as if one of them were to survive, how were they to live. ...read more.


The whole concept of feuding is so strong and vividly depicts the fears of Romeo and Juliet, but it was their love kept them together. The passion of the feuding was matched when Romeo and Juliet were married. This whole movement of passion is portrayed in different ways but it was the strong influential passion that caused this tragedy, the passion of the two lovers and the passion of the families. It can be a work of fate, as we learn it was only a matter of seconds after Romeos death and Juliet woke up. Shakespeare included this very suspenseful ending. It could be that it was written in their fate to die in this way. However, if the intense feuding were non-existent, Romeo and Juliet would not have to resort to such extreme plans to be together. Therefore, if the families did get on and understand each other for the sake of their children, there would be no element of fate involved. The passionate adolescent love was what kept them together. Romeo starts to use different language in the play, which aids his maturity and shows his love compared to Juliet then of Rosaline. Maybe their parents didn't take their love serious enough, they thought it wasn't that extreme, maybe if extreme passion was in some way portrayed earlier in the play, other than death, this might have made the families understand. ...read more.

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