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Romeo And Juliet - The feud between the Montague and Capulet families and the youthful passion between the two lovers. But who is really to blame?

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Romeo And Juliet The feud between the Montague and Capulet families and the youthful passion between the two lovers. But who is really to blame? Firstly I will look at their youthful passion. Romeo and Juliet were 14 and 13 respectively. In many peoples opinion this was considered too young to get married. Even Capulet felt that Juliet was not ready. In response to Paris asking for Juliet's hand in marriage Capulet quotes, "My child is yet a stranger in the world, She hath no seen the change of fourteen years, Let two more summers wither in their pride, Ere we many think her ripe to be a bride." He is saying that Juliet has not experienced really love and that she needs two more years until she is ready for marriage. In the quote he uses a metaphor. The metaphor uses a fruit. Shakespeare's use of metaphor has a powerful affect on the audience. He uses it to say that Juliet needs to 'ripen' like a fruit until she is ready. Capulet uses this as a sexual reference in order to emphasise her young age. Shakespeare is effective in reminding the audience of Juliet's innocence. This is a very clever way of writing used by Shakespeare. Neither Romeo nor Juliet had really experienced true love before. However they were prepared to rush into marriage even though they knew what problems it could cause. This quote shows how they are prepared to rush into the marriage, JULIET: "What satisfaction canst thou have tonight?" ROMEO: "Th' exchange of thy love's faithful vow for mine." JULIET: I gave thee mine before thou didst request it; Would it were to given again." This quote tells me that they are ready to get married although they have only just met. It is love at first sight and the idea of getting married at such a young age raises doubt in the readers mind. ...read more.


They are both very foolish. These quotes show their foolishness and hatred for each other, CAPULET: What noise is this? Give me my long sword, ho! LADY CAPULET: A crutch, a crutch! Why call you for a sword? CAPULET: My sword I say! Old Montague is come, And flourishes his blade in spite of me. MONTAGUE: Thou villain Capulet! Hold me not, let me go!" However at the end the two families realise what they bitter rivalry has caused and feel guilty about it. If only the had done something early then it could of helped prevent the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. The Nurse played a big part in the marriage. She encouraged Juliet to find her true love. When she hears of Romeo she acts as a messenger for Juliet. She helps set up the marriage. As the Nurse she should have not become so involved. By doing so this she was supporting Juliet in her unadvised problem and being unfaithful to the Capulet family. I now need to consider Friar Laurence's part in their deaths. In many peoples opinion he was to blame for the tragic deaths. Firstly he agrees to marry them even though he feels that their hasty marriage may lead to a catastrophic outcome. He feels that it is too sudden and unadvised and thinks that it might end as quickly as it started. This quote shows his thoughts on the matter. "This violent delights have violent ends And in their triumph die, like fire and powder, Which, as they kiss, consume." It was very unwise of the Friar to marry them under such circumstances as proved later. He knew what he was doing was wrong but he went ahead with it anyway. He felt that he could help solve the problems between the two families but it only made matters worse. This quote shows the Friar's change of heart, "In one respect I'll thy assistant be, For this alliance may so happy prove To turn your household's rancor to pure love." ...read more.


However fate did not tell Romeo to kill Tybalt. It was his anger, which caused him to get revenge. If he had not got banished then he would have been able to stay with Juliet and persuade her not to drink the deadly potion. If these events had not happened then they could probably have not died in the same fashion as they did. This brings me onto the really people to blame for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. In the end it came down to the Family feud. Quite simply, if both families were in harmony with each other then there would have been no problem with Juliet and Romeo getting married. They would have been accepted by both families and been able to live a normal life. However this was not the case and they had to keep the marriage secret. Nevertheless it was not only Lord Capulet and Lord Montague who was to blame. Other members of each family were involved in the deaths. Tybalt was the main culprit. He provoked Romeo into killing him and therefore Romeo was banished. However the innocent Benvolio also played his part. He was the one that told Romeo to 'examine other beauties.' He encouraged him to go to the Capulets ball where he met Juliet. If he had not given him this advice then he would probably have never seen Juliet and fell in love with her. So in my opinion Benvolio however innocent his advice might have been was as much to blame as anyone else from the two families. Although I think that the family feud is mainly to blame for the deaths of Romeo and Julie nobody can be blamed entirely. It was a number of small things that contributed to their deaths not just one thing. Everyone that I have mentioned played their part. To sum up this essay I think this quote justifies the tale of Romeo and Juliet, "For never was there a story of more woe Than this of Juliet and her Romeo." ...read more.

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