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Romeo and Juliet - who is to blame for their tragic deaths.

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Romeo and Juliet was a play written some four hundred years ago by a famous writer named William Shakespeare. This tragic story is eccentric, to the other plays that Shakespeare had created. In the following essay I shall be investigating who is most to blame for Romeo and Juliet's tragic deaths. I will be looking for evidence to blame someone for these tragic deaths, however I shall be looking at all of the main characters doings in this play that may have affected the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. I think Romeo and Juliet themselves were partly to blame for their deaths. They are young and absurd. They are so deeply in love that they, in some ways, are taken over by love which leads to their deaths. It starts controlling their actions and that is why they rushed into marriage without taking anyone or anything else into consideration. This is Juliet's first relationship, so she has had no other experiences with love. She is therefore not familiar with the strong and powerful feeling. She must be quite overcome by this sudden rush of desire for another human being. Romeo has fallen in love many times before. It is almost like a hobby for him, he has only recently ended his obsession with Lady Rosaline. Friar Lawrence thinks Romeo hasn't had a long enough gap between his two lovers, "What a change is here!" ...read more.

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and Juliet would have enough time to know each others properly and then take the decision if they should be life partners or not. There would have been no problem with Capulet and Romeo, Capulet would have accepted Romeo as a son-in-law because in Act 1 at the Capulet Ball; he seems to like Romeo; before he finds out he is a Montague. There would have been no fight if the feud didn't exist, thus Romeo would not have had a reason to kill Tybalt. Therefore, Romeo wouldn't have been banished. Friar Lawrence had the lover's interests at heart. He tried to help the situation as far as he could. He helped along the secret meetings and wedded Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet on the part that it might stop the progress of the families' feud, however he went behind the backs of the ones he most respected. Again, he wanted what was best for everyone; although sometimes it may have seemed like he was on Romeo and Juliet's side alone. He thought up of the plan for Juliet to escape her marriage to Paris, by faking her own death. He gave her a sleeping potion, which would make her fall asleep for some forty or more hours and make her look to be dead. Happily when she woke she would be reunited with Romeo, had Friar's letter reached Romeo on time. This plan was Juliet's last resort but she was desperate and the Friar knew that if he did not meddle with their affairs, it was likely the couple would commit suicide. ...read more.

Conclusion

Fate caused the fight with Tybalt, which then caused Romeo's exile out of Verona and prevented the messenger from delivering the letter to Romeo, which was sent from the Friar. These were all the major events, which developed a foundation to the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. Throughout the play, stars are mentioned frequently, this symbolises the fate in the tragic story. The sonnet in the prologue refers to, "Star-crossed lovers" and "death- marked love". Also, when Romeo is wooing Juliet on her balcony, he describes her eyes as bright stars. On their wedding night he called the stars "bright candles". In Romeo's last speech, just before he kills himself, he says he will, "shake the yoke of inauspicious stars". This means he blames the ill and unfortunate stars, or, in other words "fate". Romeo and Juliet are united eternally in death and the two families reconcile over the dead bodies. This fulfils Friar's dream. "Doth with their death bury their parents' strife". In Act1, scene 4, Romeo has a dream and his friends tease him about him taking it so seriously. He says, "Some consequences yet hanging in the stars". Perhaps foreseeing what is about to happen at the Capulet Party. After Friar has wedded the lovers, he hopes the "Heavens will smile on their joy". This is ironic as they both die and death is linked with heaven. Romeo says, "This day's black fate on moe days doth depend," just before his fight with Tybalt. He means that the day is going terribly wrong and it is all a bit threatening. ...read more.

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