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Who are responsible for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet?

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Who are responsible for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet? Romeo and Juliet, the star crossed lovers, the perfect sadly losing there lives for their great love of each other. The tragic death has many characters to blame, but it is impossible to pinpoint the full responsibility on one individual character. Many of the characters in 'Romeo and Juliet' blame each other, for example, the Prince blames the two families and feud for their deaths. He believes that if certain things were different than this whole mess would not have occurred. If this terrible feud were not occurring than there would have been no objection to Romeo and Juliet getting married. "Where be these enemies? Capulet, Montague, see what a scourge is laid apon your hate," (Act5 Scene3 lines 291-292) (The Prince) The most obvious character to blame in 'Romeo and Juliet' is most probably Friar Lawrence, for it was him who invents the bizarre scheme that will bring them together. Romeo puts his faith and trust in the Friar and he treats him almost like his own father. The Friars character is a very selfish one. At first he shows care and concern for Romeo by not totally agreeing with Romeos actions and decisions, for Romeo was not long ago in love with Rosaline, "Young men's love, then, lies not truly in their hearts, but in their eyes." ...read more.


The role of parenthood has only changed in the 1600's. Women had a very little status. This was not at all strange for the people of Shakespeare's time even despite the fact there was a woman monarch on the throne. This is one of the reasons for Elizabeth 1st to marry because her husband would have control over England. Throughout Romeo and Juliet Shakespeare portrays Juliet as a much more stronger character than Romeo, this is only due to the fact that it would have impressed the Queen. You could say that maybe if the parents of Romeo and Juliet had spent more time with them then they would have been more in control of them and know what they were up to. Capulet lacks a clear understanding of his daughter; at first he is very cautious and always does the best for Juliet and the feud, throughout the play his character is portrayed as a calm one and not one to cause any unnecessary disturbance. For example, when at the Capulet ball when Tybalt discovers that Romeo is there, Capulet encourages Tybalt not to fight and to ignore Romeo. "Content thee, gentle coz, let him alone" (Act1 Scene 5 lines 64-65) (Capulet) As the play progresses his attitude changes for he kicks Juliet out of the house and curses her. ...read more.


Romeo's character is a very immature, naive one. He is very passionate and romantic. He had a very irresponsible way to life, this being one of the causes for his death. Whenever something goes wrong he solves most things with violence. Most of is troubles are dealt with lots of sulking. Romeo is a product of the feud and is following in his father's footsteps. As soon as Balfasar informs Romeo of Juliet's death he immediately sulks with find out the reasons why. Juliet's is a lot like Romeo is the passionate side of life, but when it comes to dealing with situations she acts much more mature, and she plays things much more safely than him. Although her character is very open she, still make sure the decisions she makes in life are the right ones. When she was about to take the potion she thought of all the different scenarios and chose which one was best for her, this is the complete opposite to Romeo. One of the key issues of the play was FATE. . One of the key issues of the play was FATE. You could say all of the events had a certain path and that one thing lead to another. Overall every single character is somewhat involved in the deaths of the star-crossed lovers, and even though they did not kill them literally, they all contributed in leading them in that direction. English Coursework Mitchell Finaly (ROMEO AND JULIET 10CP 02/05/2007 - 1 - ...read more.

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