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To What Extent Were Romeo and Juliet to Blame for Their Tragic End?

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GCSE ENGLISH COURSEWORK To What Extent Were Romeo and Juliet to Blame for Their Tragic End? By Adam Bishop The ancient grudge is over. A young couple's love has been destroyed and the great city of Verona is silent, mourning the death of these two 'star crossed lovers', but why did this tragedy occur? I believe that the couple rushed into the relationship without thinking about the consequences. Juliet led a sheltered life and was very na�ve. Juliet's eagerness to enter a relationship could have caused her to overlook the very important family feud that would eventually destroy their relationship. Juliet had never had a relationship before and was keen to rush into one. Romeo and Juliet fell in love with each other at their first meeting. In Baz Luhrman's film this is at the Capulet party, they see each other through a fish tank perhaps indicating the separation between the two families. With Juliet dressed as an angel perhaps showing her innocence and Romeo as a bold courageous Knight. I think that Luhrman tried to use the costume they were dressed in to reflect their personalities. Love cannot be ignored and Romeo and Juliet refused to let anything prevent them from seeing each other, although Juliet entered the relationship with questions. ...read more.

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Tybalt said, "It fits when such a villain is a guest: I'll not endure him." This quote shows that Tybalt is not willing for member of the Montague family to be present at a Capulet party even though his uncle, Juliet's father, says, "He shall be endured." Capulet shows that he does not mind the Montagues being present at the party and he does not want to instigate any trouble. This starts a feeling of anger and resentment by Tybalt towards the Montague family, especially Romeo. Tybalt willingness to start a fight with the Montagues, demonstrates his eagerness to uphold the feud. In Baz Luhrman's interpretation of the play Tybalt was dressed as a devil at the Capulet party, I believe Luhrman wanted to portray Tybalt as a nasty and evil character. Tybalt's blood thirsty personality played a large part in the death of Romeo and Juliet. In Act 3, Scene 1 Tybalt came looking for a fight with Romeo. "Boy, this shall not excuse the injuries. That thou hast done me, therefore turn and draw". Mercutio, Romeo's friend, fought Tybalt but was killed. His actions show the close relationship that existed between these two friends. "Come sir, your passado. As Mercutio dies he says, "A plague a'both your houses" Mercutio shows his anger regarding the feud and wishes a curse on the houses of the Montagues and the Capulets. ...read more.

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A further example of one of the characters from the play referring to fate is when Friar Lawrence is talking to Juliet shortly before she stabs herself: "A greater power than we can contradict Hath thwarted our intents. Come, come away." The 'greater power' to which Friar Lawrence refers is fate. Again, the blame is placed on a higher power rather than an individual, indicating his desire to make the audience believe that fate was responsible for the deaths of the young couple rather than any person or thing. Oxymoron's are used frequently throughout the play. I think Shakespeare uses the oxymoron's for example, "loving hate", "waking sleep", and "cold fire" I think that Shakespeare has used oxymorons to represent the opposites in the play for instance the completely opposite feelings that Juliet has for Romeo compared to those of her family towards Romeo. In conclusion I believe that the death of Romeo and Juliet was caused by numerous parties. However, I do feel that without the feud, lives would have been saved and the relationship between Romeo and Juliet might have been a successful one. The feud led to hatred between the two families and Tybalt acted as a catalyst of events. In my opinion, the cause of this argument occurred years before anyone involved was born. My view is that without the feud, this play would have been a romantic love story, not a tragedy Adam Bishop GCSE ENGLISH COURSEWORK Miss Hendley 10S 10Y1 Page 1 ...read more.

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