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

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What makes Romeo and Juliet a tragedy, and who or what is responsible for it? By Francesca Marcangelo The author of the play Romeo and Juliet is William Shakespeare. It was written between 1594 and 1596. The play is a tragedy. This means a serious drama typically describing a conflict between the protagonist and a superior force (as destiny) and having a sorrowful or disastrous conclusion that excites pity or terror. The main people affected in this play are Romeo and Juliet because they are the ones who die as a result of the situation they are in. Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy because there is a feud between two families and two people from these families fall in love with each other and get married in secret. In the end they both kill themselves due to circumstances that I am going to explain in this essay. The Prince of Verona didn't play a big part in the deaths of the main characters because all he did was banish Romeo from Verona. After Mercutio and Tybalt were killed he said "And for that offence/ immediately we do exile him hence....I will be deaf to pleading and excuses,/ Nor tears nor prayers shall purchase out abuses:/ Therefore use none." ...read more.

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This part if the conversation has made Juliet feel as though she has no one to help her out of this marriage. The feud between the two families was a big problem and one of the main reasons why the Romeo and Juliet died. This reason is because both Romeo and Juliet knew that neither of their parents would agree to the marriage. The chorus in the prologue says, "Two households, both alike in dignity....From ancient grudge break to new mutiny,/ where civil blood makes civil hands unclean." This quote is giving a description of the two families; it says that 'civil blood makes civil hands unclean' which tells us that there have been a few killings or fights before between the two families. A quote in the play that tells us the families do not get on is when Tybalt says to Benvolio, "....I hate hell, all Montagues are thee." This basically tells us that Tybalt hates the Montague's as much as he hates hell. Another of Lady Capulet's speeches that we can say could be have led to the deaths Romeo and Juliet is when She says, "I'll send on in to Mantua....shall give him such an unaccostom'd dram/ That he shall soon keep Tybalt company...." She says to Juliet that she will send poison to Mantua for Romeo to drink. ...read more.

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He had a plan that Juliet would take a liquid that would stop her heart beating for twelve hours. He said, "Thou take this vial, being then in bed,/ And this distilling liquid drink thou off....In the mean time....Shall Romeo by my letters know our drinks,/And hither shall he come, and he and I/ Will watch thy walking, and that very night/ Shall Romeo bear thee hence to Mantua." This was the plan he had devised. He thought not only would it get Juliet out of marrying Paris, but it would also reunite her and Romeo. Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy because there are a lot of deaths. Two of the deaths are of the main characters, Romeo and Juliet. I think the least responsible person for their deaths is the Prince of Verona. The second least responsible is Paris. Fate is the third least to blame for the deaths and the fourth is Mercutio. I think Tybalt is as equally responsible as Mercutio. The Capulet's and the feud between the Capulet's and Montague's are also equally to blame. Romeo and Juliet are seventh to blame, as it was their idea in the first place. I think Juliet' nurse is eighth responsible for the deats of the two teenagers. Friar Lawrence was the most responsible for the two deaths because he plotted and schemed all the way through the play, from the very beginning to the very end. ...read more.

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