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Romeo And Juliet

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Yasfer Yousuf GCSE English/English Literature Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare Who or What is to blame for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. Fate is an event or a course of events that will inevitably happen. The Elizabethan people and indeed Queen Elizabeth I were superstitious and believed fate and destiny controlled your life. Shakespeare however thought fate and destiny was an irrational idea, and believed people took control of their own life. Yet Shakespeare would not be able to say this in public for the reason that it may offend The Queen's beliefs on fate. Therefore, when Shakespeare wrote Romeo and Juliet he made it a debate. It asked the people if people actions controlled your life was it fate and destiny that controlled it. Romeo and Juliet could have died because of fate or their deaths could have been because of a series of actions from other characters. If true the blame can go to many people one being Friar Lawrence. Friar Lawrence's first mistake was to trying to intervene between the two rival families. He concocts a plan to bring peace when Romeo informs him of his love of Juliet: 'In one respect I'll thy be assistant for this alliance may be happy so to turn your two households' rancour to pure love'. ...read more.


'I think it best you married with the county' (A3S5L217) . The audience sympathize with Juliet's plight when the nurse turns her back on Juliet. She has been made to feel like she has made the wrong choice by marrying Romeo. The Nurse's carelessness caused Romeo and Juliet' deaths because if she had not backed Juliet's first choice of marrying Romeo and advised her to marry County Paris first time than Romeo and Juliet would not be dead. Other characters can be blamed for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. Montague and Lady Montague can be blamed for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet because the had distanced themselves from Romeo so much so that they were not aware of Romeo's state. To get close to Romeo Lady Montague sends Benvolio: 'O where is Romeo? Saw you him today Right glad I am he was not at this Fray' (A1S1L110-111) The audience feels sorry for Romeo because his parents were neglecting him. Lady Montague says this shortly after a fight broke out between the family servants. This shows they were oblivious to the situation of Romeo. Capulet and Lady Capulet can be blamed for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet because they forced Juliet in marrying County Paris. ...read more.


'This is that banish'd haughty Montague' (A5S3L49) Afterwards a fight breaks between Paris and Romeo and Paris is slain. A different example is when Friar Lawrence sends a letter to Mantua informing Romeo of the new plan. He sends it with Friar John. Who travelled to Mantua however, whilst visiting the sick he was quarantined and was not able to send Romeo. 'I could not send it-here it is again- Nor get a messenger to bring it thee So fearful were they of infection'(A5S3L14-16) Friar John says this to Friar Lawrence informing him why he could not send. If fate had not intervened in the lives of Romeo and Juliet their deaths could have been evaded. There is a lot of evidence to suggest that fate, destiny was responsible for the deaths of Romeo, and Juliet for example Romeo and Juliet belonged to two rival families another could be that the families made up after the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. On the other, hand various pieces of evidence point out that certain actions by different characters led to their deaths. Like when Benvolio told the Prince of Romeo. You could also blame Romeo and Juliet because the let their sexual desires cloud their better judgement. I think characters are responsible for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet because it makes more sense. ...read more.

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