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What makes Romeo and Juliet a tragedy and who Or what is responsible for the characters deaths?

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Kelly Price What makes Romeo and Juliet a tragedy and who Or what is responsible for the characters deaths? This essay is based on the following question: 'What makes Romeo and Juliet a tragedy and who or what is responsible for the characters deaths?' The definition of 'Tragedy' is: A shocking or sad event. Fate plays a part of tragedy; Romeo and Juliet are described as 'Star-crossed lovers', as though their fate was 'written' in the stars before they were even born. Inevitability plays a part in tragedy as well; which means that the action was bound to happen before no one could stop it. Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy because the couple are in love with each other but could not have a relationship; they died in result of this. Romeo and Juliet ended tragically for many reasons. Several people were responsible for their deaths. One of the main reasons for the tragic ending of Romeo and Juliet is Fate. The definition of fate is: A power supposed to predetermine events; an inevitable fortune that befalls a person or thing. ...read more.

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She gives Juliet mixed opinions; at first the Nurse thinks Romeo and Juliet should be together but after the death of Tybalt she changes her mind and Romeo is not thought of very highly by her. "Shame come to Romeo!" I think the Nurse should as been as fickle as Juliet. She should not have helped Romeo and Juliet lead a secret relationship. Juliet's parents are also responsible for the death of Romeo and Juliet because they forced Juliet into marriage with Paris. "Go with Paris to St Peters Church or I will drag thee on a hurdle thither out you baggage" Act 3 Scene 5. If Old Capulet and Lady Capulet did not pressure Juliet into marriage with Paris then it is unlikely that Romeo and Juliet would have rushed into their relationship. Another character responsible for the death of Romeo and Juliet is Friar Laurence. Friar Laurence's plan for Romeo and Juliet was that Juliet was to take a potion to make her appear dead on her wedding day she would then be taken to the Capulets' vault meanwhile after receiving a letter from the Friar, Romeo would return to Verona from Mantua and would be with Juliet when she wakes up. ...read more.

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He tries quite hard to keep the peace, but not enough to stop the tragedy, he is big in his threats but does not carry them out for he has the chance to punish Romeo with the death penalty. For example after the deaths of Mercutio and Tybalt the Prince tells the citizens of Verona "Who now the price of his dear blood doth owe?" Act 3 Scene 1. In other words he seeks justice for these murders. If he had tried harder to prevent the quarrelling and carried out more of his threats the feud might not have got as bad as it did. However at the end of the play he accepts some of the responsibility for what has happened; "Winking at their discords" Act 5 Scene 3. He also tries to bring the two sides together; "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 one particular person is responsible for the death of Romeo and Juliet but several characters played a part in their deaths. I do think fate played a part in the play but it fate is not wholly responsible as there were too many mistakes made by the main characters. ...read more.

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