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Romeo and Juliet Coursework

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Romeo and Juliet Coursework Romeo and Juliet were two "ill-fated star cross'd lovers" whose love for one another led to their tragic deaths. For many years, people have been debating over who is to blame for their deaths. William Shakespeare wrote the play "Romeo and Juliet" between 1594 and 1596. It was one of his earlier plays, which meant that at this time, Shakespeare hadn't developed the tragic method in which the hero had a fatal flaw. However, in Macbeth, he made Macbeth seem like a villain to us as the play proceeded, making the audience almost hate the character. This means that the more tragic plays Shakespeare wrote, the better he got at using this method. There are many characters in the play that can be blamed for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. However, the blame cannot be put on just one character, as there are many other factors, which contributed to their tragedy. Fate, chance, adolescent passion, the feuding society and family pressure play a large part in the play and also in the deaths of the two lovers. The atmosphere and setting of the play is situated around the feuding society. Violence plays a very important part, as all emotions are violent. Both love and hate result in violence. The play even begins with a violent opening scene of the feuding families of Verona. ...read more.


However, Tybalt killed Mercutio, a very dear friend of Romeo, and therefore you see Romeo's character change and turn to violence. After he kills Tybalt, he realises his mistake. "And sayest thou yet that exile is not death? Hadst thou no poison mix'd, no sharp-ground knife, no sudden mean of death, though ne'er so mean, but 'bunshed to kill me?" were the words spoken by Romeo to Friar Laurence in Act3 Scene3. This shows that he feels guilty about what he has done and feels that banishment was not the right punishment for his mistake. He feels that his punishment should have been death. Personally, I think that if Romeo had waited a few seconds longer before drinking the poison, he would have seen Juliet wake up and therefore, this would have not resulted in his and Juliet's death. However, we know about his character rushing into things and therefore, this is another example of his haste actions as he does not see Juliet wake up. Juliet can also be blamed for the deaths of herself and her lover Romeo. She, like Romeo, also acted too hastily throughout the play as she rushed into her decision about marrying Romeo, when she knew she was already engaged to the County Paris. ...read more.


If Lady Capulet had been more understanding and paid more attention towards her daughter, Juliet would have been able to tell her about Romeo and that she didn't want to go ahead with marrying Paris. Perhaps if she was able to do this, Lady Capulet could begin to understand her daughter and therefore, this would not have led to the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. Lord Capulet is portrayed as a very aggressive and overpowering father. This is shown through his use of language and his attitude towards his daughter. He resorts to violence and aggression quite a few times throughout the play. He does not think of what is best for his daughter Juliet and what she wishes for. Instead, he thinks about his own wealth and status. A very good example of this is when he forces Juliet into marrying Paris, only because he knows it would benefit his own wealth and status, as Paris is a kinsman of Prince Escalus. When Juliet disagreed with going ahead to marry Paris, Lord Capulet responded with, "speak not, reply not, do not answer me. My fingers itch." This implies that he was wanting to slap her as he said his fingers are itching. Lord Capulet considers Juliet as his property as he says, whilst talking to Paris, "I think she will be ruled in all respects by me; nay, more, I doubt it not". ...read more.

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