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Romeo and Juliet – Who is to Blame for the tragic events of the play?

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Romeo and Juliet - Who is to Blame for the tragic events of the play? In order to state whether the play "Romeo and Juliet" is a Romance or a tragedy I decided that I would have to find out the true meanings of those two words. Romance- 1. An Imaginative story, literature of this kind, medieval romances. 2. A romantic situation or event or atmosphere 3. A love story, a love affair resembling this. 4. A picturesque exaggeration of falsehood - v. to exaggerate or Distort the truth in an imaginative way. Tragedy- 1. A serious play with unhappy events or a sad ending. 2. The branch of drama that consists of such plays. 3. An event that causes great sadness, a calamity. The play contains both Romance and Tragedy. It is a tale of two lovers who are forced apart by their families (romance), but it is also a story or murder, fights, battles, feuds, arguments and disagreements (tragedy). However the story is viewed, as romance, tragedy or even comedy, it involves the deaths of five young people. The story consists of killings, suicides and unnecessary injuries all caused by an age-old grudge between the Capulets and the Montagues. It is not the romance, which plays the biggest part in this story. ...read more.

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His intentions were good but he had not considered the consequences that would have occurred if Romeo had of been found out. Mercutio realised that Romeo needed something, an event or another girl, to get his mind off Rosaline and as it was a costume party, Romeo would be able to attend in disguise without fear of being caught. He only wanted to cheer Romeo up and bring him out of his current state of misery. He figured that this was the best way to do this. We see evidence for Mercutio's badly chosen words in Act III Scene i. In this scene Tybalt is searching for Romeo and comes across Mercutio. His intentions when he set out were to find Romeo and possibly kill or injure him. Instead he came across Mercutio, whose choice of words we're rash and inappropriate, which then lead to his own death and Tybalt's. "Ah but one word with one of us? Couple it with something, make it a word and a blow" Mercutio words were badly chosen and he aroused Tybalt into an argument. The words that he chose were enraging and foolish. Tybalt was after Romeo but became side-tracked by Mercutio's provocative style. Had Mercutio not interfered he may well have lived and not become caught up in the feud between Romeo and Tybalt. ...read more.

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Tybalt would be wearing a costume that depicted his character. Something darkly coloured and evil looking. Romeo would have a neutral sort of costume on. It would not reflect his character or his family surname. ? Lord Capulet would be drinking a glass of wine and dancing, having a good time and Tybalt would be laughing until he saw Romeo with Juliet. They would be dancing together and be completely oblivious to Tybalt. Romeo would then spot Tybalt but quickly look away again as if he hadn't. This would enrage Tybalt to the point where he draws his sword. ? At this point the lighting on the stage would become red, yellow and orange. Fiery colours that depict Tybalt's 'Fiery' character. His voice would become louder and the people around would stop and listen. This would show Tybalt to be a disturber of the peace and the cause of unnecessary disturbances. He would move more towards the front of the stage and also closer to Romeo. The music playing in the background would become fast and furious. ? When Lord Capulet starts to speak the lighting would return to normal, and so would the characters volume of speech. Also the music would return to the original pace and tempo. Lord Capulet would dismiss Tybalt's behavior and encourage Tybalt to have a good time. I believe that this would show what trouble Tybalt causes and how he affects other people because of his personality and readiness to fight. ...read more.

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