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Discuss who is to blame for the deaths of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet”.

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"All are punished" Discuss who is to blame for the deaths of Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet". "Romeo and Juliet", Shakespeare's ninth play, was said to have been written between 1594 and 1596. The Church, The State and the Feudal system had powerful influences on what people did in the 15th century. We must also take into account the position of women, and how the sacrament of marriage was dealt with. To identify the people responsible for the deaths in "Romeo and Juliet", we must examine the backgrounds of the Capulet and Montague families; and the control the Church and State exercised over the feudal system occurring at that time. The Feud In Act 1 we are shown that a "feud" exists place between the Montague and Capulet families. The feud is the cause of most of the fighting and, tragically, at least five deaths. The first set of deaths are caused by Tybalt and Romeo. Act 1, Scene 5 is set at the Capulet household on a Sunday evening where a party is being held. Romeo and his friends arrive as uninvited guests. Tybalt recognizes Romeo's voice: "This, by his voice, should be a Montague." ...read more.

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His motives are righteous and innocent - to help his close friend Romeo, to reunite the families and to preserve the marriage. Friar Laurence has a sense of superiority and looks for the regard and respect of others. He genuinely wishes to bring an end to the families' discord. The Friar is responsible for setting in motion a series of actions which lead to the couple's marriage, the arrangements for their later reunion, supplying the drug to Juliet and failing to save her from herself. Others contribute to the tragedy to a greater or lesser degree. The events are, however, fated to happen and in that sense the Friar is an innocent, and to some extent a naive,: agent of fate. The Nurse is Juliet's closest friend and confidante throughout the whole of the play. The Nurse knows as much about the real events than anyone else but, unlike the Friar, shies away from involvement at a key moment. But the Nurse betrays Juliet: when the Capulets inform Juliet that the marriage with Paris has been brought foward, the Nurse offers a token of defence but is quickly crushed by Capulet with "Peace you mumbling fool". Now she rapidly changes sides, praising Paris as "a lovely Gentleman". ...read more.

Conclusion

He has sent a challenge to Romeo and is happy enough to take on Mercutio instead. He brushes aside Romeo's attempts at friendliness, needling Romeo until Mercutio steps in. He exits the scene when Mecutio falls, yet returns for one last time unconcerned by the news of Mercutio's death and happy to see Romeo join him. Tybalt represents the ugliness that lies just below the surface in this divided society. It is interesting to contrast the consequences of his death with those of Romeo and Juliet. His ensures that more deaths will follow; theirs that the killing comes to an end. If Verona is a divided society, Tybalt is the one man who wishes it to remain so. All of this shows that Tybalt is one of the main Characters who is to blame for at least one of deaths in this play. With his purposely harmful attitude, and his spite towards all Montagues, he is definitely a guilty person. The Characters that are killed all die as a direct consequence of the hatreds of the society in which they find themselves. Romeo and Juliet's deaths make them permanent symbols of the power of love which triumphs through all adversity, one that is destined forever to symbolise the wicked waste in all divided societies. Their deaths unite both grieving families. ...read more.

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