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The deaths of Romeo and Juliet - whos to blame?

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Essay 2 The deaths of Romeo and Juliet didn't really need to happen, as it wasn't them, but the people around them that were fighting and disagreeing. Romeo and Juliet did their best to keep out of the violence but the people around them such as family friends and the local community that were making them unhappy. Romeo is a young teenager of the Montague Household, who falls in love with Juliet, a Capulet whose family are ancient enemies of the Montagues. He likes to blame misfortune for everything that goes wrong after he kills Tybalt, he then realises how serious his actions were but prefers to blame fate rather than himself. "O, I am fortunes fool" (Act 3 Sc 1) Killing Tybalt was Romeos biggest mistake as it led to him being banished from Verona and that meant that he couldn't see Juliet anymore without the risk of being caught. Romeo can't be blamed for killing Tybalt as he was determined to fight with Romeo and when he refused Mercutio stepped in, they fought and killed Tybalt. Later when Balthasar tells Romeo the news of Juliet's death he says "Then I defy your stars" (Act 5 Sc 1). I think this means he isn't going to let fate determine what happens to him anymore. ...read more.

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The Friar has good intentions but is persuaded to make risky decisions by Romeo and Juliet such as agreeing to marry them without their parents consent. He gets too involved and then its up to him to ensure everything goes smoothly. He goes behind the backs of the parents by agreeing to marry them without their parents consent but he has good reason for this "to turn your households rancour to pure love" (Act 2 Sc 3). He is hoping to stop the feuding between the families. Though the Friar is concerned about what he is doing the plan to reconcile the two families is soon brought to an end when Romeo is banished. This time the Friar concocts another plan, which is just as risky as the first. Romeo is to go to Mantua where he will try to arrange a meeting between Romeo and Juliet. The plan goes wrong and Romeo yet again accuses fate. Juliet again turns to the Friar for a solution. He supplies her with a sleeping potion, which she uses to make her appear dead so she doesn't have to marry Paris. I think that Friar Laurence is one of the main people to blame for the tragedy, as they were all his plans that went wrong. ...read more.

Conclusion

At the ball, when he hears that Romeo is there he is angry and draws is sword, but is stopped by Lord Capulet. I think Tybalt should take some of the blame as it was his actions that led to Romeo being banished. Mercutio is a lively, playful character who tries to advice Romeo in a kind-hearted way "Thy wit is a bitter sweeting, It is a most sharp sauce" (Act 2 Sc 4) Mercutio is loyal to Romeo, he steps in when Tybalt challenges him. His death is a turning point in the play for if he hadn't died things could of turned out differently. I don't think he can be put to blame, as he never knew about the relationship. The Prince rules Verona but he doesn't do enough. He makes threats but never carries out any actions. He had the chance to enforce the death penalty on Romeo but he didn't. If he had tried harder to stop the feuding it might not have got out of hand. In this essay I hope I have shown that there isn't one character to blame but everyone played a part. I don't think you can put it down to fate and I think that Romeo and Juliet did their best too make things work not forgetting that they are both young and inexperienced. Laura McCumiskey 28/11/2002 1 ...read more.

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