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Romeo and Juliet are to Blame for own Deaths

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Introduction

Romeo and Juliet are to Blame for own Deaths Shakespeare is said to be one of the greatest sonnet and playwrights of the last millennium. In this assignment I am going to explore and write about one of Shakespeare's most famous and talked about plays "Romeo and Juliet". Shakespeare didn't only write tragedies (Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy as we will see in throughout this task). He also wrote comedies, sonnets, love and many other different styles of play. Throughout the assignment I am going to delve deeply and go into detail about every aspect of the statement "are Romeo and Juliet to blame for their own deaths?" In order to come to a strong conclusion I am going to look into characters and their roles, language, ideas/themes and structure. Shakespeare was born on April 3rd 1564 and was raised in Stratford upon-Avon. From an early age Shakespeare showed a creative flair and genius for story and play writing. After many successful plays nearing the end of his second period Shakespeare wrote Romeo and Juliet, the play of discussion in this task. Having said this Shakespeare never actually invented the idea of the play Romeo and Juliet, several writers from Italy, France and Britain had all written plays about two lovers from opposing families. Despite this Shakespeare made a very good adaptation and that is why his is the most famous play of the several previous attempts. In order to understand this question it would be helpful to have some background information on the play and its contents. The very first scene of the play gives the audience an idea that there is a conflict going on in the city of Verona between two families, the Capulets and the Montagues. ...read more.

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Romeo and Juliet Capulet and Montague's ancestors for starting the argument, Romeo for going to the party, Juliet for arranging the marriage, Nurse for helping arrange the marriage. Friar Lawrence for marrying the couple and arranging such a risky plot to bring Romeo and Juliet back together. Tybalt for killing Mercutio and getting Romeo banished, Lord Capulet for arranging Juliet to marry prince and threatening to banish Juliet if she doesn't, Balthasar for telling Romeo of Juliet's death unaware of the plot and Chemist for selling fatal drug to Romeo. Romeo's plan is to take the poison in the Capulet tomb next to Juliet and rest with her for an eternity. "Well Juliet, I will lie with thee to-night:" Friar Lawrence hears of Romeos idea and rushes to the Capulet tomb to be there for when Juliet awakens. Romeo arrives at the tomb and tries to break in "Thus I enforce thy rotten jaws to open, And in despite I'll cram thee with more food." When Paris tries to arrest Romeo they fight and Paris is killed "O I am slain, if thou be merciful, Open the tomb lay me with Juliet." Romeo enters the tomb and finds Juliet's dead body; he takes the poison and dies instantly. Friar Lawrence arrives just as Juliet awakens from the dieing potion and Friar Lawrence tries to persuade her to leave "Go thee hence, for I will not away", Juliet refuses to leave and when the Friar has gone Juliet kills herself with Romeos dagger "Yea noise? Then I'll be brief. O happy dagger. ...read more.

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Other love relations in the play include Romeo, Mercutio and Benvolio. Romeo and his parents, Juliet and Nurse and Juliet and her parents. As I mentioned earlier, Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy. A definition of a tragedy or a tragic hero (what tragedies are based on) would be a character whose nobility or achievement we admire, and whose downfall and death through a weakness or error, coupled with fate arouses are sympathy. One of the main ways on which Shakespeare achieves such brilliant tragedies is through his exceptional ability to use dramatic irony. Dramatic irony is when at least one character is unaware of an important fact which the audience knows about, this is often hinted at and is usually used to show scorn or ridicule. An example of this in Romeo and Juliet would be when Romeo goes to kill himself. The audience knows that Juliet isn't dead and it is hinted at by the way she looks to Romeo. "Thou art not conquer'd, beauty's ensign yet Is crimson in thy lips and in thy cheeks," Romeo kills himself in despite of this which makes Romeo and Juliet a tragedy. In conclusion I have learned that it was not Romeo or Juliet's single actions which led to their deaths. A turn of events including certain characters such as Friar Lawrence, prince, Mercutio, Tybalt, chemist, Nurse etc all help lead up to their deaths in different ways. Of course Romeo and Juliet are partly responsible but without other events such as Friar Lawrence's late letter, then perhaps they would not have died. Therefore Romeo and Juliet are not to blame for their own deaths. James Cockerill 10-o English Coursework ...read more.

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