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To what extent are Romeo and Juliet to blame for their deaths?

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By Sammi Leach To what extent are Romeo and Juliet to blame for their deaths? In this essay I am going to discuss to what extent Romeo and Juliet are to blame for their deaths. William Shakespeare wrote the story of Romeo and Juliet around 1594/5. The basic outline of the story is that Juliet, who is a Capulet, falls in love with Romeo, a Montague. The Capulet's and the Montague's are two families that have been in dispute for years. Romeo and Juliet go through an unlucky train of events, which eventually lead to their deaths. My argument is that Romeo and Juliet are not completely to blame for their deaths. The Nurse helped them along in their affair and also Tybalt killing Mercutio played a rather large part. Also it is Capulet's fault as he tried to force Juliet into marrying Paris. Friar Lawrence also played a huge part. The deaths of Romeo and Juliet are needless. They had no reason to die, but if they didn't die then the greatest love tragedy would not have been. It was mainly the people around them who were fighting and disagreeing about their relationship. Romeo and Juliet mainly kept out of the fighting but their lives were made miserable and unhappy by the people around them who were interfering. ...read more.


Though the Friar is concerned about what he is doing, "These violent delights have violent ends"; the plan to reconcile the families soon comes to grief as Romeo is banished. This time he makes another plan that is as risky as the first. Romeo is to go to Mantua where he will then try to arrange a meeting between Romeo and Juliet. The plan goes wrong and he accuses fate, "Unhappy Fortune". Juliet, who now faces the rest of her life with Paris turns to the Friar for a solution, he supplies her with a "sleeping potion" which she uses to make it look like she is dead so she does not have to marry Paris. I think it is fair to say that Friar Lawrence is one of the main people to blame for the tragedy, as it was his plans that went wrong. But from Romeo and Juliet's view he was very helpful and always had a solution for their dilemmas. The Nurse is 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 to Juliet and her family. In Act 1 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.


However at the end of the play he accepts some of the responsibility for what has happened by "Winking at their discords" (Act 5 Scene 3). He also tries to bring the two sides together by, "What a scourge is laid upon your hate, that heavens finds means to kill your joys with love" (Act 5 Scene 3). I do not think that Romeo and Juliet are very much to blame for their deaths. The Friar and Nurse helped them along when they should have been telling them of the consequences. Friar Laurence plays a large part in the tragedy, mainly through his complicated plans, which require accurate timing, and in the end simply did not happen. Romeo did not receive the letter, so when he heard the bad news from Balthasar, he thought Juliet was really dead. Friar Laurence didn't need to have granted the requests of Romeo and Juliet without carefully considering the consequences. I do not think fate played a part in the play as there were too much interference made by the main characters. However, Romeo and Juliet did not have to take the advice of the others. They could have used their own initiative and either squashed their feelings and not gone ahead with their relationships or they could have tried to talk with their families, to resolve the feud, then they could have been together. By Sammi Leach ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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