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How does Shakespeare shift our sympathies throughout the course of the play and who is to blame for the tragedy.

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How does Shakespeare shift our sympathies throughout the course of the play and who is to blame for the tragedy. In this essay I shall explain what Shakespeare has done to shift our sympathies in this very emotional story and see who is to blame for the sad ending of Romeo and Juliet's deaths in the town of Verona. At the start of the play the Montague's and Capulet's are in a market in Verona and the Capulet's pick a fight with the Montague's, I have sympathies for the Montague's in this stage of the play because a fight breaks out and the prince is forced to split it up, the Capulet's and Montague's each get the same punishment despite the fact that the Capulet's started it, I do not like the Capulet's for this. In the next scene Romeo is depressed about a girl called Rosaline, our sympathies are with him as he is so depressed, Romeo is also a Montague so we feel for the Montague's a lot in the first part of the play, this begins to suggest that the Montague's are the "good citizens" and the Capulet are trouble makers. It could give us the impression that someone from the Capulet household will be to blame for the tragic deaths. Romeo discovers that there is a party at the Capulet household and Rosaline is going so he goes. Tybalt sees him there and is furious but is not allowed to do anything about him. ...read more.


We don't like Romeo because I don't think he should of married Juliet and especially so quick he should of thought it through and moved on to someone else. Tybalt is partly to blame for the death of Mercutio because he was the one who challenged Romeo in the first place because of Romeo being at the party. Romeo didn't do anything wrong at the party so I think that Tybalt was being childish. Tybalt got what I think he deserved by Romeo killing him. Romeo killing him resulted in Rome being banished. Rome was a fool to do this and should of let the law take its course to let the law kill Tybalt and avenge Mercutio's death. Romeo has been stupid ever since he met Juliet. Romeo could be responsible for the tragedy of his own death and Juliet's death because he shouldn't of gone to the party right at the beginning, he only made it worse by killing Tybalt. The tragedy could have been Tybalt's fault because he was the one being childish at he party and triggered a chain of events leading to Romeos banishment. When the Capulet's hear of Tybalt's death they are furious and want Romeo dead though the prince demands that Romeo should be banished, so he is. Juliet now thinks that Romeo is good on the outside but on the inside he is horrible. ...read more.


Can we trust friar Lawrence at this stage? We don't know what potion he is really giving her. Juliet puts faith in the friar and drinks the potion. Our sympathies fall go to the Capulet's again because they think that Juliet is dead now as well so they think they have had two deaths in a very short amount of time. The friar sends a letter to Romeo explaining what the plan is. The letter does not reach Romeo and he goes to the Capulet death chamber to mourn over Juliet he finds Paris there. Paris challenges Romeo, We have sympathy for Paris because he has gone to mourn over Juliet and he believes that he is not married but then Romeo arrives and disturbs his thoughts. Romeo kills Paris. I don't like Romeo anymore because he has become something he didn't used to be. Romeo mourns over Juliet and drinks poison he got to join Juliet in death. Our sympathies go to the friar as he finds Paris and Romeo dead by Juliet, the friar must feel very guilty as Juliet starts to wake up our sympathies go to Juliet again as she finds Her lover dead. The friar leaves and desperately tries to make Juliet go with him but Juliet joins Romeo in death and stabs herself. In the end I believe that it wasn't any one person in the story that was responsible for the tragedy I believe that everyone played a part in killing Rome and Juliet. Ollie Manning 1 11s ...read more.

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