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Romeo and Juliette: Who is to blame for the star-crossed lovers tragic death?

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Romeo and Juliette: Who is to blame for the star-crossed lovers tragic death? The death of Romeo and Juliet were partly due to the star-crossed lovers lack of careful consideration and planning. The first day they met and the next they got married. Juliet knew she was betrothed to Paris yet she married in haste. Maybe if they had been older they would have realised that their 'happily ever after' was inconceivable. Therefore we have established that the young lovers were mainly responsible for their untimely death because their fate was in their own hands. However there were others who assisted them in their romance namely the nurse and Friar Lawrence, and the parents who were also responsible because they did not listen to the wishes of their offspring and many other characters were pivotal in actions, which led the couple to their grave. The nurse was in someway responsible for Romeo and Juliet's death, but not intentionally. She only wanted what was best for Juliet and wanted her "lamb" to be happy. She is more of a mother figure to her mistress than Lady Capulet, who has a very strained relationship with her daughter. This maternal love that the nurse has for Juliet, we assume is to make up for the loss of her own daughter, Susan, who died at a young age "Susan is with god". ...read more.

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This yearning may have been the reason her eagerness to marry Romeo which lead to their untimely death, thus being partly the nurse's fault. However, for all the nurses scheming, she seems to think that Romeo and Juliet's romance is just a teenage crush that would not last. When Juliet's parents state that Juliet was to marry Paris Juliet turns to her Nurse asking for her advice "Comfort me, counsel me". But the latter contrary to Juliet's expectations, agrees with her parents, saying that she should forget Romeo now that he was forever exiled to Mantua, and marry Paris "best you married with the County. O, he's a lovely gentleman!" When Juliet feigns to agree with her "thou hast comforted me marvellous much" the Nurse is very pleased "this is wisely done". But Juliet in fact feels betrayed by the nurse who had supported her all along "O. most wicked fiend". This betrayal persuades Juliet to seek help from Friar Lawrence. As the nurse is Juliet's confidante, Friar Lawrence is Romeo's counsellor. Friar Lawrence is it seems very close to Romeo, as he knows about Rosaline "wast thou with Rosaline" and probably about Romeo's past heartaches. Also Romeo goes straight to him in the morning to confide in him his new found love for Juliet "the fair daughter of rich Capulet". ...read more.

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This forces the lovers connection to be illicit even before it starts, resulting in misunderstanding and then death. Many other people were responsible for their death but without being strongly connected with it. Mercutio convinced Romeo to go to the Capulet's party where he met Juliet and fell in love with her " we must have you dance". Furthermore Mercutio provoked Tybalt who killed him and in turn was killed by Romeo who was then exiled, which I have already proved led to his death. Consequently both Mercutio and Tybalt are indirectly responsible for the lover's death. The Prince is also responsible for exiling Romeo although he was just acting as the law commended " Mercy but murders, pardoning those that kill". Therefore it is not only one person responsible for Romeo and Juliet's death, but a series of events all leading up to this tragic end. Nobody was directly or purposefully responsible for the infatuated pair apart from themselves. The Nurse and Friar Lawrence both acted out of the goodness of their heart even if their actions were sometimes rash and na�ve. The family feud was the main storyline and it must be said that without it the lovers could have been betrothed, but would they have loved each other with as much passion as when they were acting illicitly? In some ways the moment Romeo and Juliet fell in love, their untimely death became their fate. ...read more.

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