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What makes Romeo and Juliet a tragedy, and who or what is responsible for it?

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Prateek Bhandari 11C GCSE ENGLISH COURSEWORK - ROMEO AND JULIET What makes Romeo and Juliet a tragedy, and who or what is responsible for it? Tragedy is an event in life that evokes thoughts or feelings of sorrow or grief. In 'Romeo And Juliet', tragedy takes place because two young lovers of rival families fall in love with each other desperately but circumstances and misfortune prevents them from living a happy married life and instead leads to their tragic deaths. Romeo is the heir to the Montague family which has a high prestige in Verona but fatefully he falls in love with Juliet who is from an equally prosperous family, called the Capulets. The Montagues and the Capulets are sworn enemies which becomes the main cause of the demise of their own children. The very first reason for 'Romeo and Juliet' to be a tragedy is their parents. ...read more.

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The second reason for 'Romeo and Juliet' to be a tragedy is the death of Tybalt. Romeo is drawn into the fight much against his will, 'I do protest I never injured thee but I love thee better than thou canst devise.' His marriage to Juliet had started the reconciliation process between the two families but since his friend Mercutio gets killed by Tybalt, he loses his temper and tries to fulfil his duty as a friend by fighting Tybalt. Romeo kills Tybalt which is what leads to his banishment from Verona, 'And for that offence immediately we do exile him hence.' This is the turning point of the play because after that everything that happens is what determines the ending of the play. The deaths of Romeo and Juliet were mainly caused by a lack of communication between them and their supporters. When Friar Lawrence makes the rescue plan, he does not expect it to go wrong at all, yet Friar John is unable to reach Romeo and give him the message about rescuing Juliet from the Capulet tomb. ...read more.

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His failure with the rescue plan is also one of the major reasons for the deaths of the two young lovers. These two characters played a vital role in making 'Romeo and Juliet' a tragedy because although they love Romeo and Juliet so much they are unable to help them. In conclusion, there is nobody in specific to whom we can blame for their deaths. For example, Lord Capulet and Lady Capulet and Lord Montague and Lady Montague are not even aware of their children being in love with each other. One thing which can be definitely blamed is their destiny; from the beginning till the end there are very few parts which show that they were enjoying their love. The causes of their deaths are also because of their fate. Another thing which we can analyse after reading or watching this play is that Shakespeare tries to show that love is not powerful enough and it generally ends in defeats. This is because although they have so much support from everyone is the play they are still unable to unite and instead end up dying. ...read more.

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