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What is to blame for the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet.

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Romeo & Juliet Introduction Four hundred years ago William Shakespeare wrote the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, a popular play that continues to capture the imagination and emotions of people around the world. The drama portrays the passionate violent and often desperate lives of the youth of Verona. Even today the tragedy resembles a blueprint of the problems that the adolescents of the 21st century must face each day. In this play Shakespeare explores the pit-falls of young love and consequences they receive from their actions. The whole idea of love in Romeo and Juliet's thoughts was totally misunderstood and they showed this in many sections of the play through often quite foolish and selfish acts. In this play Shakespeare shows that love can cause and finish anything, "these violent delights have violent ends and in their triumph die, like fire and powder which as they kiss consume", (Friar Lawrence Act 2, Scene 6, Lines 9 - 11). But was love the only thing to blame for the death of these two star-crossed lovers? What is to blame for the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet There were many events that contributed towards the tragic outcome of the play; the influence of parents being one of them. ...read more.

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Tybalt could have lost his temper on another day and the same thing could have happen simply because It was written in the stars Romeo, the son of lord and lady Montague and Juliet's husband, was in fact a major influence on the events leading up to the deaths of his wife and himself. In my opinion Romeo acts too hastily throughout the play, he shouldn't have asked Juliet to marry him so suddenly for example, and he should have thought more carefully before rushing back to Verona after hearing about Juliet's supposed death. Romeo also acted violently and without thinking throughout the play, first when killing Tybalt and later Paris, perhaps if he had thought about his actions a little more he and Juliet would have lived 'happily ever after'. Juliet, the beloved daughter of lord and lady Capulet and Romeos unfortunate lover, was also a key factor in the events leading up o the deaths or Romeo and herself. She shouldn't have deceived and disobeyed her parents, and, like Romeo, she too took to the idea of marriage much too hastily. ...read more.

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By my brotherhood, The letter was not nice but full of charge Of dear import" This quotation displays the worry of the friar as he realises the disastrous consequences that could unfold from Romeo not receiving the letter. Shakespeare could have phrased this sentence differently to place the blame on the messenger, but instead he expresses it as though it were the fault of fortune. This is a prime example of the beliefs concerning fate in the 16th century A final 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 out intents" The "greater power" the friar refers to is fate, or that of a higher being controlling out fate. His statement will be the last line Juliet hears before stabbing herself. Shakespeare again chooses to place the blame on a higher power rather than an individual mistake, signifying his desires to make the audience believe that no one person or event was responsible for the deaths of the two star crossed lovers from Verona but the inevitable destiny or necessity destined for term of life "For never has there been a tale of more woe Than that of Juliet and her Romeo" ...read more.

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