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Romeo and Juliet - Who's to blame for their deaths?

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Introduction

Jemma Alderson Romeo and Juliet Romeo and Juliet is a very famous love story written by William Shakespeare, it includes love, hate and revenge that causes the tragic deaths of two star-crossed lovers. The story starts with a pathetic on-going feud between the two families, the Montagues and the Capulets, which prevents Romeo and Juliet being together. If only this feud had not been continued by such people as Tybalt, Juliet Capulet's cousin and Mercutio, Romeo Montagues' very close friend, the two lovers may have stayed alive and 'lived happily ever after'. 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 a lot to do with it. Friar Laurence isn't involved in the story that much, but when he is, it is crucial to the plot line. The Friar demonstrates that he had good intentions, but sometimes he is a man who is not afraid to take risks to help others It all begins with the feud erupting between the servants of the two families. ...read more.

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The day after the wedding, Romeo killed Juliet's cousin Tybalt in a rage after Tybalt killed his best friend Mercutio, also a kinsman to the Prince. People blame Tybalt for carrying on the feud by killing a Montague. There was a lot of rivalry between the Montagues and the Capulets; it affected society in a very large way, they felt they were involved and were too scared to go out in case they got caught up in a fight. The Prince and other people felt he was to blame because he believed that if he had stopped the feud in the beginning, many lives may had been saved, some people agree with this reason and some people disagree because the feud was between the two families and it is there problem. Romeo and Juliet killed themselves because they couldn't bear to be apart. As the two lovers were destined to be together, the Friar agreed to marry them without any hesitation:" In one respect I'll thy assistant be: for this alliance may so happy prove, to turn your households rancour to pure love". ...read more.

Conclusion

Fate brought the two together, and they fell in love, but if people blame fate, wasn't it fate that Romeo did not receive the news? I personally believe the Friar was totally to blame. Even though the Prince should have acted earlier to stop the feud. Friar Laurence should have never agreed to marry the couple in secret. He should have spoke to both the families and told them that they were in love, but he didn't. The Friar thought up the plan for their future he tells Juliet the plan will work and not to worry when he says "Shall Romeo by my letters know our drift, and hither shall he come; and he and I shall watch thy waking, and that very night shall Romeo bear thee to Mantua". He didn't take full responsibility even though their lives were in his hands, whether or not he knew that, he should have acted sensibly and got the news to Romeo himself, but he didn't. If he had then the story of the star-crossed lovers meeting and falling in love, would have had a happy ending, but thanks to the Friar, the story ended with two very tragic deaths. ...read more.

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