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Romeo & Juliet - Who is to blame for the tragic deaths?

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Romeo & Juliet Who is to blame for the tragic deaths? The deaths of Romeo and Juliet appear tragic, as the people around them were in a feud. The feud affected their relationship, which played a huge part in their deaths. Romeo and Juliet tried to keep out of the feud, but the people around them who were constantly interfering made their lives extremely miserable and unhappy. Because they were so deeply in love with each other, they refused to be spilt-up and took huge risks to stay together, which eventually led them to their deaths. The Prologue at the beginning of the play suggests that it could have been mainly fate that was to blame, 'star-crossed lovers' and 'deaths-marked love' are examples of this. However hatred between the two families also plays a more important part in the deaths of Romeo and Juliet, which I will explain below. Romeo is a young teenager, who is a member of the Montague household. He unfortunately falls in love with Juliet, a Capulet which was forbidden, whose family are bitter enemies of the Montague's. He seems to blame fate or unlucky misfortune for almost everything that goes wrong after he kills Tybalt, and realises the seriousness of his action, he prefers to blame fate rather than himself, "O, I am fortune's fool" Romeo was banished for killing Tybalt, which could have been the biggest mistake he made. It therefore meant he could no longer see his beloved Juliet without the risk of him being caught. ...read more.

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Romeo is to go to Mantua; where Friar who arranges a meeting between Romeo and Juliet. The plan goes extremely wrong, and again, he accuses fate, "Unhappy Fortune". Juliet, who now faces the rest of her life with Paris, turns to Friar once more for a solution. He supplies her with a "sleeping potion" which will make her sleep for 24 hours but to others she will look like she has died so that on her wedding day she does not have to marry Paris. She then would be taken to Capulet's vault. Meanwhile, after receiving a letter from Friar, Romeo would make his return to Verona and would be with Juliet when she wakes up. Juliet was very pleased to receive the potion from Friar Laurence: Give me, Give me! Oh tell me no fear! (Act four Scene 1) I think Friar Laurence is one of the main people to blame for the tragedy, as it was his plans that went wrong. From Romeo and Juliet's view though, he was very helpful and always seemed to have the solution for their dilemmas. The Nurse was one of Juliet's closest friends, apart from Romeo. She is not particularly clever or sensitive, and does nothing to warn Juliet of how an involvement with a Montague might cause problems not only to Juliet, but to her entire family. In Act one Scene 3 when Lady Capulet is discussing the possibility of marriage to Paris, she makes jokes and finds it very amusing, "A bump as big as a young cockerels stone". ...read more.

Conclusion

(Act three Scene 1) In other words, he seeks justice for these murders. If he had tried harder to prevent the quarrelling and carried out more of his threats then maybe the feud might not have got as bad as it did. However, at the end of the play, he accepts some of the responsibility for what has happened by: Winking at discords (Act five Scene 3) He also tries to bring the two sides together by: What a scourge is laid upon your hate, That heaven finds means to kill your joys with love (Act five Scene 3) I do not think there is only one single person who is actually to blame for the tragic deaths of Romeo and Juliet. But, I strongly believe that Friar Laurence plays a huge part in the tragedy, mainly through his complicated plans, which simply, were failures. Romeo did not receive the letter, so when he heard the bad news from Balthasar, he thought Juliet really died. Friar Laurence should not have granted the request of Romeo and Juliet, especially without careful consideration of the consequences. I feel that the Nurse played a part in the tragedy because if it were not for her Juliet would have not taken the sleeping potion not to get out of marrying Paris. I feel fate played a part in Romeo and Juliet falling in love and getting married. Also I feel that the member of each families were greatly to blame as if they were not at constant feud Romeo and Juliet might have lived happily ever after but that was not the way Shakespeare wanted the Play to end. Presented By: Sylvia Claxton 3/12/04 ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 ...read more.

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