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What Makes Romeo And Juliet a Tragidy

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What Makes Romeo and Juliet a tragedy, and who or what is responsible for it? Romeo and Juliet, a play, one of the most famous tragedies, written by William Shakespeare, which is about 'a pair of star-cross'd lovers who take their life' [The Prologue line 6]. Many people are blamed for the death of Romeo and Juliet, but let's start off with how these to lovers end up committing suicide. Romeo and Juliet have their fairy tale beginning of love at first sight, but there is just one problem. Their families, Romeo being a Montague and Juliet being a Capulet, are both in a feud, "Two households, both alike in dignity... Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean" [The Prologue, line 1 & 4], and nothing but death can end it. They both know they would never be allowed to be together. (This is not a fairy tale of two lovers like Cinderella, the dream fairytale.) The Play, Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy for many reasons. Tragedy most always ends with the death of the hero/ heroine, and that Romeo and Juliet both end up taking their own lives due to the fact they could not be together. This tragedy has a major impact on everyone in the community of Verona; it especially affected both the Capulets and Montagues. There is always a tragic chain of deaths, which lead to the traumatic death of the main characters in tragedies. ...read more.


Friar Lawrence should have never agreed to marry Romeo and Juliet in secret because the story falls apart due to their marriage. That made them care more about each other, and since Romeo is her new profound husband, he comes first to her, even when Romeo killed her own blood, her cousin Tybalt. " Shall I speak ill of him that is my husband? Ah, poor my lord, what tongue shall smooth thy name, When I, thy three-hours wife, have mangl'd it? But where fore, villain, didst thou kill my cousin?" [Act 3 Scene 2 line 97- 101] Friar Lawrence should have put a stop to it and told the parents about the two young lovers. Maybe the parents would have understood, and the family feud, which could have ended sooner. Also Friar Lawrence was responsible for giving Juliet the sleeping pill, which if that wasn't given to her, Romeo would have been informed about the plan of Juliets deep sleep, which was represented as death to stop the marriage of Juliet and County Paris. Also if Friar Lawrence was held responsibility for getting the letter out to Romeo, and since the letter was not given to him on time, Romeo didn't know about the plan of Juliets "deep sleep" and Balthasar told him Juliet was dead. So if Friar Lawrence had never married the two young lovers, Romeo and Juliet, they would have never ended up killing themselves in the end Romeo and Juliet could also be for blame of there own death. ...read more.


Tybalt did start the fight and ended up of Romeo being banished. Tybalt was always causing the trouble, and he is blame than anyone else, kept the hatred going between the two families. "Romeo, the love I bear thee can afford No better term than this: thou art a villain." [Act 3 Scene 1 line 57-58]. Tybalt taunts Romeo, and the Montagues into their brawls. If Tybalt was not taunting Romeo that day, Romeo would not have been banished, so there would be no need for Juliet to be given the sleeping pills and also there would not have been a letter to give Romeo the plan. There are many reasons that could be blamed for the death of Romeo and Juliet. All the characters, the Nurse, Friar Lawrence, Juliet, Romeo, Lord and Lady Montague, and Lord and Lady Capulet could be blamed because they all had a part in these tragic deaths. However in my own opinion, fate must take the most blame because in the prologue we are told that it is their destiny to be doomed lovers. Also, therefore the tragic death of Romeo and Juliet, even though everyone had a role in these deaths, fate is to take most blame. The play, Romeo and Juliet, was just a tragedy over love, and being together, but that all turns to them taking their lives. Therefore despite their actions and choices their was nothing they could do to change their tragic end ?? ?? ?? ?? Lauren Baker GCSE Shakespeare Coursework: Romeo and Juliet 1 ...read more.

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