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Romeo and Juliet, who is to blame?

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ROMEO AND JULIET - who was to blame? Romeo and Juliet is one of Shakespeare's plays about tragedy. It is about two lovers who commit suicide when their feuding families prevent them from being together. The play has many characters, each with its own role in keeping the plot line. Some characters have very little to do with the plot but some have the plot revolving around them. Many people have their own view on who is to blame, but I think that everyone is partially to blame. Firstly I believe Romeo acted too hastily throughout the play. He shouldn't have asked Juliet to marry him so suddenly, and he should have thought more carefully before rushing back to Verona after hearing of Juliet's death. ...read more.


They should have paid more attention to Juliet's wishes and listened to her opinions. They were too hard on her when she refused to marry Paris. Romeo's parents Lord and Lady Montague, like the Capulet's, they were also responsible for keeping the feud going. If they had been more understanding, Romeo would not have felt he had to keep secrets from them. The Prince could be to blame too; he should have acted earlier to stop the feud between the two families. It was unjust of him to send Romeo away from Verona as a punishment for killing Tybalt when the fight was Tybalt's fault, Romeo acted partially in self defence. Which means that the blame could also be pointed at Tybalt, he started the fight that resulted in Romeo being banished, and he was always causing trouble. ...read more.


He should never have agreed to marry Romeo and Juliet in secret. He gave Juliet the sleeping drug, and he was responsible for getting news of the plan to Romeo - the news never reached him, so Romeo thought Juliet was dead. Mercutio did also play a minor role in the deaths of Romeo and Juliet, his attitude to quarrels and fighting made the situation worse. He saw the feud as a game and that led to his death and Romeo's banishment. Finally I think that fate plays a large part in the resultant tragic deaths of the couple, the tragedy was not the fault of any one individual - it happened because of bad luck. It was fate that Romeo and Juliet met and fell in love, and bad luck that the letter which could have saved them didn't reach Romeo in time. Everything was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. ...read more.

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