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In your view who is to blame for the death of Romeo and Juliet?

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In your view who is to blame for the death of Romeo and Juliet? Over centuries the question of who is blame to for the death of Romeo and Juliet has been debated. Personally I believe that the death of Romeo and Juliet can be blamed for a number of senseless acts from a number of the play's leading characters. Through time the tragedy of the two star crossed lovers has been unjustly been blamed on fate. Fate meaning the 'unknown destiny', has been wrong fully accused of the murder of the two protagonists. One can argue that Romeo and Juliet are responsible for their own death as they acted hastily rushing their love and marriage in the time span of a week. The two protagonists defied their tradition and society of their time, the 15th Century time of the warring families of Lancashire and Yorkshire. Nonetheless the two adolescents are too na�ve to comprehend the consequences of their love and their hurried actions lead them to their deathbeds for eternity. The play has a charged atmosphere, as emotions are expressed without any thought and violence is a key element to the tragic deaths of the adolescents. Many issues are raised in the five-day period of the play and take place very quickly without any actual notion. ...read more.

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I s Rosalind, who thou didst love so dear, so soon forsaken?' (Act 2, Scene 3) Although not immediately consenting to marry the protagonists, he eventually agrees, as he believes that once the two are wed the two feuding families will reconcile at the joy of their marriage. Ironically it is the death of Romeo and Juliet that reconciles the two families. Juliet an intelligent yet innocent young girl whose life is taken away from her due to family ties. Although spontaneously falling in love at first sight I believe she was more thoughtful of her decisions but was lead astray when Romeo contributed his thoughts. She marries Romeo through Love yet she wonders how ties can easily be formed so shouldn't they also be easily broken. Juliet is more considerate of the consequences but the hastiness of Romeo results in her notion being forgotten. Romeo contrasts Juliet as she is thoughtful and takes time to make decisions but these are useless, as everything seems to speed up and take dangerous turns. Juliet's practicalities are shown when she in contrast to Romeo, is concerned that he will get caught by her family on the balcony scene 'If they do see thee they will murder thee' and the after wedding night when they spend the night with each other. ...read more.

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The sense of a tragic ending is backed up by the feelings of foreboding that both characters experience. Fate seems to take charge of the play, most of the characters fear fate, Romeo however is a strong believer that fate is key to all his problems and vows not to let fate run his life, 'Then I defy the stars'. On the other hand Romeo is liable for Tybalt's death rather than fate at this moment of the play, Friar Lawrence advises Romeo to change his ways and stop blaming fate, which is incredibly hypocritical as towards the end of the play when his scheme goes wrong, he also blames fate and misfortune as the ingredients for the tragedy, 'unhappy fortune', 'Ah, what an unkind hour'. I believe that Romeo is one that is accountable for the tragedy as he was pathetically sure that his plan that was disorganised and feeble would work and allow him to take Juliet away. For a young man with depth Romeo seems brainless and dim-witted considering the affects of his actions and not being able to confess that may be he was the one who acted to hasty leading to his death, instead he decided fate is the answer and overlooks his view that fate does not control our actions we do. Halimah Chattun Page 1 ...read more.

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