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Romeo and Juliet

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Introduction

Romeo and Juliet Who is to blame for their deaths? William Shakespeare is one of the most famous authors of all time. His intelligence, imagination, creativity, and many other skills are applauded by readers until this day. Shakespeare's plays are traditionally organized into three groups: Comedies, Histories and Tragedies. Shakespearean tragedy usually depicts a central character in the play that falls from grace and dies, along with a fair proportion of the rest of the cast. In other words, it is a drama with a necessarily unhappy ending. Shakespeare wrote tragedies from the beginning of his career: one of his earliest plays was the Roman tragedy Titus Andronicus, and he followed it a few years later with Romeo and Juliet. This is possibly one of his most recognized plays in modern times. Shakespeare shows his dramatic skill freely in Romeo and Juliet, providing intense moments of shift between comedy and tragedy, and weaving plots and subplots to paint a clearer picture of the story. It is mainly a romantic tragedy, based on the lives of two teenagers; madly in love with one another. It is cased on the rivalry between their families, the Montagues and the Capulets, and how that led to quite complicated circumstances for both of them. Unknowingly, other characters such as the church Friar and Juliet's Nurse contributed to the tragedy in one way or another, and finally resulted in their deaths. The two families are left distorted and dismayed in the end, with no choice but to accept the facts and make peace, although at a hefty price; the lives of their two young children. The epic tragedy in the play may have been avoided, if it weren't for the hasty decisions and recklessness of some of the characters. Blame; this word means "to hold responsible". Quite a few of the characters share the blame for the deaths but which of them were "prime suspects"? ...read more.

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This is mainly because she used to have a daughter, almost the same age as Juliet, who unfortunately died along with her father, leaving her without any other relations in this lonely world. Juliet actually shares a closer bond with the Nurse, than with her own mother. Lady Capulet is aware of the closeness between her daughter and the Nurse. When Lady Capulet wishes to discusses Paris's marriage proposal with Juliet, she first asks the Nurse to leave. But then she recalls that she need not hide anything important (concerning Juliet), from the Nurse. "This is the matter. - Nurse, give leave awhile, We must talk in secret. - Nurse, come back again; I have remember'd me, thou's hear our counsel." - Lady Capulet Upon learning that Romeo is actually a Montague, Juliet spills her heart to the nurse (who told her about Romeo's family in the first place), telling her that she "love's a loathed enemy". Even though the Nurse's initial reaction is not good, Juliet trusts her to act as go-between with Romeo. The Nurse does as Juliet requests, but first she wants to make it certain that Romeo is an honorable gentleman as she is very concerned about Juliet's welfare and thinks that Romeo might be taking advantage of her youth. She does so by meeting Romeo and confirming about his thoughts to marry Juliet. The Capulets, at this point of time, know nothing about the marriage and the Nurse had no intentions to inform them so. If she had let them know what was going on, then maybe they would have accepted Romeo, for Juliet's sake of course, and this might have ended the family feud, there and then. The nurse's loyalty should be to the Capulet's, yet she is happy to betray them. at this point of time, if the nurse hadn't been disloyal to them, the tragedy would surely have been avoided. ...read more.

Conclusion

If he had thought about the situation for even a few moments and used some degree of common sense, the killings could have been prevented and Romeo and Juliet could have lived "happily ever after". Romeo's indecisiveness leads him to disastrous consequences, and because both he and Juliet were quite young at the time, their maturity and influential state of minds had let them down. Even though these characters could be held responsible for the deaths, Fate also played a key role in the deaths. Condemning the lovers' right from the very beginning, fate plays a role all the way through. The prologue describes Romeo and Juliet as "A pair of star-cross'd lovers", as though there fates had already been mapped out by the stars. Just these few words state the extent that fate will play. Or Mercutio's curse can be blamed. "A plague O' both your houses" Following this is Friar John's unbelievable misfortune as he finds himself trapped in a house of plague on his way to Mantua. The letter is never received which allows Balthasar to unknowingly ruin the 'plan', by telling Romeo of Juliet's death. This is an excellent example of dramatic irony that occurs towards the end of the play. Each of these aspects of fate play an important role leading to the story's conclusion, but without the actions of other characters their contribution would be meaningless. In my opinion, Friar Lawrence's spontaneity led to the tragic deaths of Romeo and Juliet. His perfect plan to possibly end the feud between the families finally put him in such a mess that he was the sole contender that could be rightly blamed for their deaths. Had he not married Romeo and Juliet without informing the families, had he not been so irresponsible to make sure Romeo got the letter and if he didn't leave Juliet alone in her tomb to have no choice but to die, there wouldn't have been such a tragic end to the epic love story of Romeo and Juliet. ~End~ 1 ...read more.

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