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What or Who is Responsible for the Deaths of Romeo and Juliet?

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What or Who is Responsible for the Deaths of Romeo and Juliet There are many reasons why Romeo and Juliet died. It could be said that Capulet, Lady Capulet, Montague, Tybalt, Mercutio, Benvolio, Nurse or Friar Lawrence caused the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. In my opinion all of the above characters had a part in the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. Their deaths could also be down to fate, coincidence or choice. Again I think that it is a combination of these. In this essay I am going to explore the reasons for their deaths. I will discuss which characters and which themes played a part in their deaths. In Elizabethan London when Shakespeare wrote the play theatre going was very popular. The theatre became a meeting place for friends as people had to get to the theatre an hour or two in advance because it was so popular. They could get a bite to eat and a drink while talking with friends before the play began. People of all classes enjoyed the theatre. The lower classes would have to pay a penny to watch the play from the open yard area. They would have to stand and look up at the actors on the one and a half metre high stage. ...read more.

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In the play coincidence works by what we now call fate. It was coincidence that Capulet gave the invitation list to a servant who could not read. Also it was coincidence that Romeo happened to be there when the servant needed someone to read the list for him. "God gi' god-den. I pray sir can you read? Ay, mine own fortune in my misery Perhaps you have learned it without book But I pray can you read anything you see? Ay, if I know the letters and the language. Ye say honestly; rest you merry. Stay fellow, I can read" As Romeo could read he invited himself to the Capulet mansion for the feast. It is coincidence that Romeo catches sight of Juliet when there were so many attractive young girls at the feast. "Did my heart love till now? Forswear it sight, For I ne'er saw true beauty till this night." When Romeo sees Juliet he falls in love with her straight away because she is so beautiful and stands out from the crowd. It is coincidence that plague struck in Mantua whilst Romeo was banished from Verona and does not get word of Friar Lawrence's plan "Where the infectious pestilence did reign, Sealed up the doors, and would not let us forth... ...read more.

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Tybalt and Mercutio caused the deaths because when they fight and Mercutio is killed Romeo becomes angered. He then gets revenge for Mercutio's death by killing Tybalt. "Romeo away, be gone. The citizens are up and Tybalt slain." These actions consequently get Romeo banished. "And for that offence Immediately we do exile him hence." Benvolio could also have contributed to the deaths as he convinced Romeo to go to the party where he met Juliet. "With all the admired beauties of Verona. Go thither, and with untainted eye," If Benvolio had not done this Romeo would not have met Juliet. The Nurse's main job in the play is to pass messages. She doesn't do this very well, as she never tells anyone the whole story. She also mixes up her opinion in the messages to Juliet. This consequently confuses Friar Lawrence's already complicated plans. "Then hie you hence to Friar Lawrence' cell, There stays a husband to make you a wife." Friar Lawrence complicates the plans between Romeo and Juliet, which contributes to their deaths. He tries to contact Romeo when he is banished to tell him about Juliet but he fails. When Romeo comes back he thinks Juliet is dead and kills himself. "Here's to my love! (drinks) O true apothecary! Thy drugs are quick. Thus with a kiss I die!" ?? ?? ?? ?? Sam Booth 1 ...read more.

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