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In this essay I will be discussing every point that could have contributed to Romeo and Juliet's death.

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Introduction

"He who falls in love meets a worse fate than he who falls from a rock"- said Titus Maccius Plautus once. They found their only love from their only hate. William Shakespeare's, Romeo and Juliet, the story of two young lovers that lost their lives for love. But who was responsible? The family feud that had been going on for centuries, fate, the nurse or Friar Lawrence? In this essay I will be discussing every point that could have contributed to Romeo and Juliet's death. The feud between the two families, the Montagues and the Capulets is the main theme of the play. The prologue reveals exactly how the feud will play a major role throughout. The chorus states: The fearful passage of their death-marked love, And the continuance of their parent's rage, Which, but their children's end, nought could remove, Is now the two hours' traffic of our stage; This shows that everything in the play is related to Romeo and Juliet's love and the ongoing family feud. The violence is petty at first but builds up throughout the play.Benvolio from the Montagues family fights Tybalt of the Capulets family.Romeo and Juliet get married confidentially, the violence gained pace. ...read more.

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The strangers where Romeo and Benvolio. Romeo reads the list to him and Romeo realizes that Rosaline's name is one of those on the list.Peter invites Romeo and Benvolio to the party assuming that they are not Montagues. Benvolio wasn't too happy about Romeo being infatuated by Rosaline.Benvolio tells Romeo that the party is the perfect opportunity to compare Rosaline with the other beautiful women at Verona. Romeo agrees to go with him only because he was madly in love with Rosaline. If Rosaline was at the party and she had returned Romeo's love, then the tragedies wouldn't have occurred. Although Romeo and Juliet were solely responsible for their physical deaths, I think fate played a big role. Friar Lawrence's plan was that Juliet would be laid in the tomb, appearing to be dead and when she woke up, she would meet Romeo. Romeo was unable to get the letter and is given wrong information and was told Juliet is dead. "Then I defy you stars" clearly stating that Romeo knew fate had contributed in destroying his life. Friar Laurence entered the tomb just after Romeo had killed himself. ...read more.

Conclusion

Friar gives Juliet the potion and sends a letter to Romeo about the entire plan. The letter fails to deliver and Romeo is left uninformed and ends up confused. When Romeo sees Juliet's dead body, he kills himself too. Without Friar Lawrence's carelessness and thought through the crucial decision of whether to get Romeo and Juliet married, he may have prevented many future tragedies from occurring. The marriage of Romeo and Juliet which led Juliet to lie and escape another marriage, which finally led to premature deaths of two young lovers. I think a Friar is the main cause of all the tragedies although many other coincidence led Romeo and Juliet to this point, Friar had the ability to handle the situation well and would have most likely succeeded in saving two lives. A Friarless Romeo and Juliet might have been a happy ending. On the other hand, and argument can be made that the ending of the play would have been more tragic if Romeo and Juliet survived and lived depressed. Either way, The Friar would have been involved and that there might have not even been a story. The Friar was an extremely important character. ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 Kiran Hatode/ 11D / Mr Marnitz ...read more.

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