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Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare Who is to blame for their deaths?

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Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare Who is to blame for their deaths? Rome and Juliet by Shakespeare is a tragic tale of two star-crossed lovers whose lives come to a tragic end. In this assignment I intend to explore the question, 'Who is to blame for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet?' There are many characters that may have helped or hindered the situation between them. The social context that is the backdrop to the play and the parental expectations of each noble family will be explored as this assignment develops. The feud between the two households, Montague and Capulet, underlies the entire tragedy and is the most responsible for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. The feud was the setting of the tragedy. Without it, Romeo and Juliet would never have had to keep their marriage and love a secret. The feud aggravated the characters to express anger towards their enemies, which resulted in fights that ended fatally and these fatal fights lead to the fatal deaths of Romeo and Juliet. During the course of the play, Benvolio often emerges as the peacemaker. We can see right from the start when he tries to stop a brawl between the servants of two families in act 1 scene 1, "Part fools. ...read more.

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Although immediately after the fight that caused the death of Tybalt, she changes her mind and asks if she will "speak well of him that killed your cousin?" So she tries to turn Juliet against him and continues by saying, "Romeo is banish'd, and all the world to nothing...I think it best you married with the county. O, he's lovely gentleman. Romeo's a dishclout to him." So she is implying that Paris is so much better than Romeo and she should move on. All she wanted was the best for Juliet and give as much love and support as she had done in the past. Further more Friar Lawrence who is Romeo's friend and advises him in many ways; he is wise and practical, with good intentions although he is a bit short-sighted when he gets the idea. He was worried about Romeo when he had not slept and found another girl so easily after being so madly in love with Rosaline. The Friar marries Romeo and Juliet in an attempt to bring peace to their families. Friar Lawrence is a man who is not afraid to take risks when he feels it is necessary to help someone or in this case the whole of Verona. ...read more.

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The murderer in the case of Romeo and Juliet was, over all, fate. "For never was there a story of more woe, than this of Juliet and her Romeo". From this powerfully written play I have learned how the social context has such a dramatic effect upon the feelings, actions and generally the everyday life of people. If there was no feud between the families maybe they would never have met or hated each other or have lived happily ever after. Maybe if the families we're great friends they would have been made to marry each other and killed themselves because they didn't want to marry. I believe all our lives as individuals would be different if we came from a different background, a different place to live or a wealthier background. I have also learnt that feuds should never be long lasting. One party should have the maturity to attempt at making up and if that fails, have the maturity to leave the situation and let it die out. There should be no wrong in trying to make up whatever the reason was behind the feud in the first place. This is why I believe in 'forgive and forget' because in the end people will get hurt due to immaturity. ?? ?? ?? ?? Peter Neal English coursework ...read more.

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