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Romeo and Juliet - Who's to Blame?

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Romeo and Juliet - Who's to Blame? I n this essay I am going to analyze and explain the details and reasons behind the people who I have chosen to blame for both Romeo and Juliet's deaths. We can see that the two 'star crossed lovers' decided to kill themselves due to several characters actions. I personally believe that Tybalts character has to hold some of the responsibility especially since he was keen to fight with the Montagues, furthermore I also believe strongly that both Lord and Lady Capulet's characters must bare some of the burden as they had tried to pressurise Juliet into marrying the character Paris. The whole play was written around one poem which was written into 1562 by Arthur Brooke. This play was made so that it would be appealing to all audiences by including tragedy, romance and comedy all into one plot. An example of this is shown in the prologue, as this particular part tells us what to expect in one short introductory paragraph. ...read more.


Furthermore, I feel that Lord Capulet especially must take part of the blame as he pressurises Juliet into marrying Paris. I would have thought that Lord Capulet's reasons for this pressurisation are due to him having a financial interest in Paris, as well as preferring him, and hating Romeo. An illustration of these interests is shown in one of his famous quotes, this being 'woo her Paris, get her heart, my will to her consent is but apart and, she agreed, within her scope of choice lies my consent and fair according voice'. Another point is 'Doth she not count her blessed unworthy as she is'. Shakespeare has proved both points, these being the ways in which Fathers acted in these times, and the point of his favouritism for Paris. Moreover I can see several other characters that I would blame for the deaths; although they aren't the main culprits or that they had massive inputs. Shakespeare suggests that both Friar Lawrence and Paris must bear a portion of the blame as Friar Lawrence supplied the sleeping potion to Juliet, and also Paris, as he asked Juliet's father, Lord Capulet, to arrange a marriage for them. ...read more.


Another final example of these inputs includes 'I will withdraw, but this intrusion shall, now seem sweet, and convert to bitterest gall'. As we can clearly see, Tybalt is the nephew of Lady Capulet and he protects the Capulet's with his life. This shows a very protective view. As for Lord and Lady Capulet, they both are heads of the house, and are powerful within the family. The aspect at which I have viewed the comparisons I expect would have been similar to Shakespeare's audiences as the characters thought and feelings are the same, whoever views it. If this play was in the 21st century, I expect that it would work out very differently, especially since technology has advanced by leaps and bounds since the period of when the play was written. As for fate, I can see that it was a very powerful and meaningful part of the story line, especially since it was involved with the deaths. To summarise, I believe that there are several characters that are to blame for this demise. Shakespeare expresses the actions of these characters in different, but effective ways, and it is successful to all audiences. ...read more.

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