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Where does the fault lie? Consider the characters and the events that end in the deaths of Romeo and Juliet.

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Where does the fault lie? Consider the characters and the events that end in the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. 'Romeo and Juliet' is a famous tragedy written by William Shakespere in the 16th Century. The story of 'Romeo and Juliet' was set over a course of three days in Verona, an Italian City. At the time that he was writing this, Verona was a city associated with love, so the audience would guess that the play would be about love. In the play the two main families are the Montagues (Romeos family) and the Capulets (Juliet family.) They have a long-standing feud between them. Romeo and Juliet meet and fall in love. They soon get married by Friar Lawrence. They don't want their parents to know about the marriage so they plan to escape to Mantua. But the plan fails, and they end up them killing themselves. Throughout the play there are a number of characters who contribute to the deaths of Romeo and Juliet; the Nurse, she let them get together, passed messages between them and arranged them to get married. Friar Lawrence, as he marries them behind their parents back, and also supplies Juliet with the sleeping potion. The Montagues and the Capulets, if they didn't have this long standing hatred they would not have wanted to go behind there backs. Romeo's best friend Mercutio could have been held responsible for their deaths because he was the one that persuaded Romeo to attend the ball. Even Romeo and Juliet could have contributed because if they weren't so madly in love they might have been able to forget about it and bring it to an end. ...read more.

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A character who could be to blame for his own death is Romeo. Romeo at the start of the play was madly in love with Rosaline, but his love for her was not sincere. Evidence to suggest this is when he has met Juliet and was talking to the Friar Lawrence. "With Rosaline, my ghostly father no, I have forgotten that name," Romeo found it hard to handle when he found he couldn't get her. So his best friend Mercutio just about managed to get him to attend the Capulets masked ball to try and cheer him up, and find a new woman. When he attends he lays eyes on Juliet and instantly falls in love. But before he had a chance to talk to her, Paris took her hand to dance. While they were dancing Romeo spoke to the nurse and found out that she was a Capulet. That is when he says, "Is she a Capulet? O dear my life is my foe's debt!" When he got a chance to talk to her he talks from the heart, as where he talked about Rosaline in poetry and did not seem sincere. When he declares his love for Juliet and moves things too quickly, so this might be Romeo being too hasty and Juliet realises this when she says " it is too rash, too unadvis'd, too sudden" so they are star crossed lovers and blind with this love for each other. The next day Romeo tells the Nurse that he has arranged with Friar Lawrence the wedding, and could she tell Juliet the news, "Bid her devise some...be shrived and married." After they get married Romeo goes to find Mercutio. ...read more.

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But he agrees to marry Romeo and Juliet besides knowing what would happen if the two families found out. Later no he marries the two. When they made the plan to escape the Friar helps out lots by telling Juliet what to do "Go home, be merry, give consent." Consent means tell your father that you will marry Paris. He also gives here a sleeping potion, which will last for 42 hours. He also agrees to keep Romeo informed "Shall Romeo by my letters know our drift." He will send letters to Romeo, so he will come here. So the plan starts and Juliet takes the potion and appears to be dead, so she is placed in the Capulet tomb. Meanwhile a letter is send to Romeo to tell him the plan. The letter does not get to Romeo in time so that is when he goes to get the potion. When he arrives at the tomb he thinks she is dead and he drinks the potion the Juliet awakens and realises what Romeo has done and then kills her self. So the Friar might have done most of the things to contribute to the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. To start off with he shouldn't have married them, he shouldn't have give Juliet the potion and finally he should have made positively sure that the messages reached Romeo. There were lots of factors that need to be considered when trying to find out the cause of the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. But having looked at all of the characters in the play, the person most responsible for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet is The Montagues and The Capulets, because if they didn't have this feud there would be no reason why Romeo and Juliet should go behind their parents backs. ?? ?? ?? ?? _____________________________ ...read more.

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