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The tragic deaths of Romeo and Juliet could have been avoided if many of the events that took place during the play had not occurred.

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Introduction

The tragic deaths of Romeo and Juliet could have been avoided if many of the events that took place during the play had not occurred. Romeo and Juliet did not influence their own deaths as much as the other characters around them did. The events that took place may have only happened by coincidence, not a higher force. Thus there are three things that could have caused the deaths; other characters in the play, coincidence and fate. All of the characters in this play made choices which have an affect on events that come about thus causing the deaths. All of these characters have different traits and personalities which influence the decisions that they make. Romeo is a leading character in the play, he is a teenage boy in the later years of adolescence, I get the impression that he is in the age range eighteen to twenty-one. ...read more.

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The spontaneous side of him controls his practicality making him behave much like a child in that he acts before he thinks and is unwilling to take the consequences for his actions, he chooses to blame his misfortune or the stars or fate instead. An example of this can be found in Act 3 Scene 1, after he has killed Tybalt and realises how he has jeopardised his new marriage he cries out "O, I am fortunes fool." This event also reinforces the theory that he is quicker to act than he is to think. Such qualities in Romeo affected his decision making, for example (Act 1 Scene 2) he does not think for long about the option to go tot the Caplets' party or not, he decided to go to the party where the he meets Juliet for the first time. Similarly he asks her to marry him upon an impulse without thinking of the practicality of the situation. ...read more.

Conclusion

She shows her loyalty and love at the balcony scene, " The orchard walls are high and hard to climb And the place death, considering who thou art. " (Act 2 Scene 2) Juliet's choices also depend on her characteristics. Her practicality and impulsiveness helped her to marry Romeo. Through loyalty she takes the potion and it is through passion that she dies for him. Friar Laurence is the head friar for the whole of Verona, Caplets and Montague's alike. He is quite elderly considering the average age of death in the time and place. The Friar is likely to know everyone in the play but the only relationships that are known to the audience are Romeo, Juliet, Nurse, and Friar John. Friar John is a more inferior friar to the Friar Laurence and he could not deliver the message to Romeo because he was stuck in a quarantine house. Is the Tragedy in Romeo and Juliet Caused by Anything Other Than Fate? Helen Wright Shakespeare Coursework ...read more.

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