• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

The deaths of Romeo and Juliet could so have easily been avoided, how does each character in the play contribute to their tragic demise?

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

The deaths of Romeo and Juliet could so have easily been avoided, how does each character in the play contribute to their tragic demise? My essay is about Romeo and Juliet; this is a play written by Shakespeare about 400 years ago and is still played and watched today. It is my task to find out who was most to blame for their deaths, in the order of highest to lowest. 1. Fate Fate was the tragedy, 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 it was bad luck that the letter did not get to Romeo saying that Juliet was not really dead; also it was bad luck that Friar Lawrence did not get to tell Balthazar about Juliet, before he ran off to Romeo. Fate is undecideable but does not control people; it starts with a decision, but people are still to blame for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. 2. Mercutio Mercutio was partly to blame as he persuaded Romeo to go to the Capulet ball when Romeo knew he shouldn't have, Also Mercutio knew that he was putting Romeo in great danger by knowing that the enemy would be there as it was their ball. Mercutio tells Romeo "Nay gently Romeo, we must have you a dance". Romeo lurks around and stumbles upon a girl named Juliet and falls in love with her. Mercutio tells Romeo later that she is a Capulet. After the ball Romeo climbed the walls of the Capulet mansion to see Juliet, this was because of Mercutio and would never have happened if he had not taken him to the ball. ...read more.

Middle

Juliet could not take either way as she could not predict what would happen as her parents were to strict on her decisions, which lead her to faking her own death which actually caused more trouble as Romeo thought she was really dead. When she woke up out of the deep sleep, she found Romeo lying dead beside her, this then lead to the real death of Juliet. 7. Tybalt Tybalt caused the hatred between the Capulets and the Montagues and made it worse than it already was in the first place. He also got Romeo banished from Verona. He did this by trying to make Romeo angry, but because Romeo had married Juliet he wanted to be nice to Tybalt, and make no further enemies. Also it was because by law Romeo was now related to Tybalt and he did not want to make his relationship with him worse, Tybalt said "Romeo, the love I bear for thee can afford no better term than this, thou art a villain", and Tybalt would not accept that, as Romeo said to him "Thou canst devise, till thou shalt know the reason of my love, and so, good Capulet, which name I tender as dearly as mine own, be satisfied". Tybalt was annoyed by this and he tried to harm Romeo, therefore Mercutio tried to split the two apart, and because of Mercutio getting in the way of him, Tybalt killed him. Romeo shouted at Tybalt and got carried away; Romeo got caught up in the moment and killed Tybalt. ...read more.

Conclusion

Balthazar had told Romeo that Juliet was dead, after seeing her body lying in the church with people around her with wreaths and flowers. At the time of seeing this he also saw Friar Lawrence approaching him, Balthazar did not know that the Friar was going to tell him information about a plan they had made, but Balthazar was not thinking along the line of a plan. Benvolio thought that Friar Lawrence was approaching him to tell him that Juliet had passed away. Therefore Balthazar did not think and ran to find Romeo about what he had seen, He explained "Her body sleep in Capels monument, and her immortal part with the angels lives". 14. Paris Paris did not do very much in the play of Romeo and Juliet, as all he did was fall in love with Juliet. Lord Capulet introduced Paris to his daughter as he thought he was a polite, nice, intelligent and good looking man for his daughter to marry. Lord Capulet spoke to him and told him "Wednesday is too soon, a Thursday let it be, a Thursday tell her, she shall be married to this noble earl". All Paris did was love this lady, and was not his fault for her father introduced him to her. But nobody knew that she was a married woman as it was a secret, and Romeo was afraid of another man taking her. Juliet had to marry Paris or else her family would leave her on the streets. And Friar Lawrence's plan did not work as Romeo did not get the message that told him about it. Therefore Romeo blamed Paris for taking Juliet, and Romeo killed Paris. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Romeo and Juliet section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Romeo and Juliet essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    Who Was Responsible For the Deaths of Romeo and Juliet?

    3 star(s)

    The point of Capulet allowing Romeo to attend the Capulet feast was a stupid decision by him because look where Romeo ended up. Maybe it was because Capulet was drunk that he didn't really care Romeo was there but he still should of let Tybalt deal with him, or deal

  2. "Some shall be pardoned and some shall be punished" - Whom do you think ...

    The Nurse does nothing to warn Juliet of how an involvement with a Montague might cause problems to Juliet and her family. "His name is Romeo, and a Montague, The only son of young great enemy." The Nurse helps Juliet in her romance with Romeo.

  1. The tragic deaths of Romeo and Juliet could have been avoided if many of ...

    However he is quick to forget these feelings as in Act 1 Scene 5 he falls in love with Juliet. This behaviour shows spontaneity and a need for drama. The fact that he was so keen to dismiss the feelings seen in Act 1 Scene 1 and transfers his feelings

  2. Who is the most to blame for the tragic deaths of Romeo and Juliet?

    Taking this into consideration, it seems that the Friar was not marrying Romeo and Juliet so that they could be together, but was really doing it for his own benefit, as he would be credited for the reconciliation of the two opposing households.

  1. How do Juliet's Nurse and Friar Lawrence contribute to the tragedy of the play?

    When we meet her again, she is bringing Juliet the news of Tybalt's death. By this stage it is clear to see that the Nurse has turned against Romeo and is convinced that Juliet must share her feelings. She says, "will you speak well of him that killed your cousin?"

  2. Romeo and Juliet - Romeo's guilt for the deaths in the play.

    Members of the jury listen to the voice of justice. It's similar to what Lady Capulet had said, "I beg for justice, which thou, Prince must give./Romeo Slew Tybalt; Romeo must not live.(line174-175Act3Scene1). Essentially Lady Capulet is reiterating the law of the land.

  1. To What Extent is Friar Lawrence Responsible For the deaths of Romeo and Juliet?

    Friar Lawrence's foolish actions have led to a death and all he has to say for himself is "I dare no longer stay" and he flees the scene. Juliet regains consciousness and the friar makes one last attempt to save Juliet but she refuses to leave with him so he

  2. Writing about the story of Romeo and Juliet, in a prologue then the relationship ...

    Perhaps, however, the fight started by Mercutio that unlucky day was certain: could it be that Romeo was somehow near to be banished? The Nurse, Juliet's committed servant who treated her almost like a daughter, changed the course of events by going behind Lord and Lady Capulet's backs.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work