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Romeo and Juliet: Who do you think is to blame for the tragic deaths of Romeo and Juliet?

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Romeo and Juliet Coursework "Some shall be pardoned and some shall be punished." Whom do you think is to blame for the tragic deaths of Romeo and Juliet? Shakespeare did not invent this play himself as his main source was a version from Arthur Brooke. "The Tragicall History of Romeous and Juliet." Romeo and Juliet is a tragic love story. They both chose to die together rather than to live without each other. In the beginning their fate is already destined for them both. It is "death marked" love which is pronounced in the Prologue. "A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life; Whose misadventur'd piteous overthrows Doth with their death bury their parents' strife. The fearful passage of their death-mark'd love." The feuding from the two enemies, the Capulet household and the Montague household are one of the reasons to be blamed for the deaths. They are involved in an "ancient grudge" which Shakespeare does not tell us about and he does not inform the audience about how it started, this perhaps makes it more intriguing. However, this makes the situation worse for Romeo and Juliet as they are the son and daughter of the two enemies, but fate brings them together. Already Shakespeare has set the mood for the first scene and throughout the play, there is an extreme amount of tension and we can see that the two enemies are drawn together by hatred and violence. ...read more.

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He is motivated by the best intentions to make peace between the two families, he uses love to conquer hate. But Friar Laurence is partially to blame for the deaths, he was the one to plot the scheme, but his good intentions to marry Romeo and Juliet and to make peace within the families goes wrong. It was him that gave the "poison" to Juliet. It is also dramatic irony, as we the audience know that Juliet is not dead as she has taken the "poison" she is just sleeping. "Myself condemned and myself excus'd" Here an oxymoron illustrates Friar Laurence, he blames himself for the calamity of what has happened. Benvolio is one of Romeo's friends, he is a serious and sensitive young man and he represents the role of the peacemaker. In the beginning of the play he has always questioned and persuaded Romeo to say why he is so depressed, he has the best intentions to make Romeo happy. "Tell me in sadness, who is it you love?" (Act1, Scene1) In Act3 Scene1, Tybalt and Mercutio are fighting; they both want to honour their family, and again Benvolio wants peace. Romeo does not want to fight Tybalt because he wants to honour both families, as he is married to a Capulet. ...read more.

Conclusion

She is completely alone and isolated. Old Capulet wants the best for his daughter, he believes that she grieves for the death of her cousin Tybalt, and thinks marriage to Paris will make her happy. This is why he agrees to the marriage without consulting her. "She shall be married to this noble earl." (Act3 Scene 4) But as Juliet's parents learn that she does not want to marry Paris they are outraged. Romeo and Juliet believe strongly about fate and fortune. It is fate which determines that the lovers should be born of enemy families, that Mercutio should be killed by Tybalt, that Friar Laurence's letter should not be delivered. This is what destroys them. Romeo blames himself "O, I am fortune's fool." And later on he speaks of himself of his "betossed soul" suggesting that he is blown all over by fate. Juliet exclaims that she is a weak victim of fate's schemes "Alack, alack, that heaven should practise stratagems/Upon so soft a subject as myself!" Overall no one in particular is to be blamed for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. Everyone had a contribution and a part to play in their deaths. It was a remarkable turning point for both families as they are joined together at the end, but they are told by the Prince that their deaths are "bitter-sweet" Shakespeare uses an oxymoron as indeed their deaths were bitter and united in death, their love is sweet. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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