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Romeo and Juliet, Who in your opinion was to blame for the lover's deaths

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"In one respect I'll thy assistant be" (II, iii, 90). Friar Lawrence accepts the marriage between Romeo and Juliet an action, which later will cost their lives. Friar Lawrence was the cause of the lovers demise in my opinion. In modern times, you would have to be 16 to marry and have the parent's permission. In the play, Romeo and Juliet married together without their parent's permission, a law that Friar Lawrence broke. There was no law to what age you could be married, as there was a much lower life expectancy as there is now. Other people including Tybalt, the Nurse and the lovers themselves partly caused the deaths but Friar Lawrence married the two together and tried to get them together when Romeo was banished. Written in 1562, Romeus and Juliet by Arthur Brooke was the main inspiration for William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Although both stories have a similar story, Brooke's version was written mainly to show young people the physical attraction, while William Shakespeare's aims to show the meaning of true love and the problems it causes. ...read more.

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This is the Friar's second major error. The plan backfired causing Romeo and Juliet to commit suicide. Romeo didn't know about the plan so thinking that she was really dead he killed himself. Friar Lawrence's main objective in this was to try and the fighting families together. Friar Lawrence wasn't completely to blame. Tybalt was involved and killed Mercutio in Act 3 Scene 1. Romeo wanted revenge and then killed Tybalt. Tybalt, Juliet's cousin, also spots Romeo at the Capulet ball and gets angered at this. To make it worse for him, Lord Capulet refuses to let Tybalt attack Romeo saying: "Here in my house do him disparagement therefore be patient, take no note of him" (I, v, 69-70). Capulet here is saying that he doesn't want any violence in the party and tells Tybalt to ignore Romeo. The Nurse is another character that contributed to the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. The Nurse, who has cared for Juliet most of her life, is also to blame as she kept the love and marriage of the two lovers a secret from Lord and Lady Capulet. ...read more.

Conclusion

I never saw true beauty till this night... If I profane with my unworthiest hand This holy shrine, the gentle sin is this, My lips, two blushing pilgrims, ready stand To smooth the rough touch with a gentle kiss." (I, v, 43-52 & 92-5) The fourteen lines here show Romeo's shock of how beautiful Juliet is with the fixed rhyming scheme. Romeo and Juliet, written by William Shakespeare, is a tragic love story, which the deaths, in some ways, could have been avoided. Fate played a big role in the tragedy. Romeo, before the Capulet ball, thought that something was wrong and it was ' hanging in the stars'. The Nurse and the lovers helped in the deaths as well. They all kept the marriage a secret, disobeying and deceiving their parents but the main culprit is Friar Lawrence. He married the two lovers in the first place and when Romeo was banished from Verona, the Friar created a plan to get them together so they can run away to Mantua without half of Italy looking for them. Shakespeare adds Italian comedy to ensure the plays popularity mainly displayed by the Nurse. Shakespeare uses poetry styles, like Iambic pentameter, to show that the noble's are educated. Romeo and Juliet, Who in your opinion was to blame for the lover's deaths. 1 ...read more.

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