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"Romeo and Juliet" is a play about the violent quarrel between two rich families and the tragic death of their children, which results. Does the death of Romeo and Juliet really rest in the hands of their parents or are other characters to blame?

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Romeo and Juliet. Question. "Romeo and Juliet" is a play about the violent quarrel between two rich families and the tragic death of their children, which results. Does the death of Romeo and Juliet really rest in the hands of their parents or are other characters to blame? I feel Romeo and Juliet's parents should take part of the blame for their deaths because they have allowed the feud to continue. They also didn't have a close upbringing of their children's life and they were left to be independent. However I believe Friar Lawrence takes a larger share of the blame because he abuses his position as a priest. I will prove that Friar Lawrence was the cause of their deaths because he married Romeo and Juliet and gave Juliet the potion. William Shakespeare wrote "Romeo and Juliet". He was born on April 23rd 1564. He lived in Stratford-Upon-Avon. His dad, John made money in a glove business and over some years bought some property. William had seven brothers and sisters and he was the third of eight. When he was eighteen he fell in love and married Anne Hathway. He wrote his first play in 1590. During the play "Romeo and Juliet" two families have carried on a feud for many years. Romeo decides to gatecrash the Capulet party whilst he is there he instantly falls in love with Juliet, from the second he laid eyes on her. ...read more.

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They were married at a young age; boys were legal to marry at 14, whereas girls are legal to marry at 12. Their fathers chose who they had to marry. They didn't marry for love they married for money and property. Every girl expected to have children. Children were the property of their parents until married, when they became the property of their husbands. Divorcing was difficult as only kings could apply to the pope. I strongly feel that Friar Lawrence is to blame for "Romeo and Juliet's" death, however he doesn't appear until Act 2 Scene 3. Friar Lawrence's first speech is a soliloquy. A soliloquy is a long paragraph that is spoken to the audience. He is first seen half and hour into the play. In his first appearance he talks about nature, medicine, potion, religion, life, death, good and evil. He speaks in rhyming couplets, example his first line ends "night" and his second line ends in "light". Also he speaks in iambic pentameter, this is 10 beats per bar. He does all of these things to make his sound clever he wants to show off. He speaks to Romeo in riddles. He questions Romeo about Rosaline and why he wants to marry Juliet. Friar Lawrence is like a father to Romeo. Friar Lawrence is a fransiscan monk, which means he is close to nature. ...read more.

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"Go get thee to thy love as was decreed, ascend her chamber, hence and comfort her" this is the bad advice he gives to Romeo, but you can't have one without the other. Friar Lawrence's good advice is that he tells Romeo that he should go and when it is safe to come back he will be informed. "Where thou shalt live till we can find a time to blaze your marriage, reconcile your friends, beg pardon of the Prince, and call thee back with twenty hundred thousand times more joy". In Act 4 Scene 1, I will be writing about why Juliet wants to commit suicide, how Friar Lawrence talks her out of it, what his plan is and who it will benefit the most. Firstly Juliet commits suicide because she can't take life without Romeo and Tybalt. Friar Lawrence tells Juliet that he will think of a plan. His plan is that he gives Juliet a potion and she goes to bed alone, she drinks the potion and it makes her look dead. "Take thou this vial, being then in bed, and this distilling liquor drink thou off". She will then be placed in the same ancient vault where all of the Capulets lie will write to Romeo and tell him the plan and he will come to pick her up. I think that Shakespeare put Friar Lawrence into the play because he communicates with both families and try's to stop the feud between the two families. Kimberley Sherriff. 10CC. "Romeo and Juliet" English Coursework. ...read more.

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