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Who do you think is most responsible for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet?

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Who do you think is most responsible for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet? Romeo and Juliet is a love story about two 'star cross'd lovers' who die together as an unhappy couple. The play was set in Verona, Italy and it finishes with them having to leave each other which break's their hearts. There are lots of different reasons for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet, but it is a difficult task to identify who or what was the major cause of their deaths as different people have different opinions. In the city of Verona, Italy there was a feud between the two families, the Montague's, and the Capulet's. There were fights on the streets, arguments and even deaths caused by the feud. Such as Romeo and Juliets', which only happened as they were trying to have a secret relationship. It was running the society, making peoples lives a misery. The people of Verona thought that if they jointed in with the feud it would help stop it. But it just made matters worse. They were causing allot of disturbance on the streets and sometimes they wasted the time of the watch for stupid reasons whiles serious things could be happening. ...read more.

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But Romeos friend Balthasar had heard that Juliet was dead, so he rushed to tell Romeo straight away. Romeo didn't know that Juliet wasn't really dead and that she was in a deep sleep, which was part of the plan for them to run away together. The message not getting delivered played quite a major role in the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. It was also really bad luck that Juliet woke up from her deep sleep about a minute after Romeo has commit suicide over her. A very popular character when it comes to blame for Romeo and Juliet's deaths is Romeo himself. He just made matters worse by keeping the feud going, rushing into an immediate relationship with Juliet and not thinking properly. He was usually one of the main victims in fights, and he acted too violently in them. When Tybalt was fighting with Mercutio, he accidentally stabbed him and this made Romeo very angry, "Now Tybalt take the villain back again, that late thou gav'st me, for Mercutio's soul is but a little way above our heads, staying for thine to keep him company: Either thou or I, or both, must go with him." ...read more.

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The Friar could have saved Juliet after Romeo had taken him own life and Juliet was about to do the same. The watchmen were on their way to the Capulet's tomb and the Friar was getting scared encase they thought he was the one who had broken in. so he was about to run away and asked Juliet to come with him: "Stay not to question, for the watch is coming, come go good Juliet, I dare no longer stay." Then he just went and left Juliet and it was obvious she was going to commit suicide, but he didn't force her to leave. He could have dragged her or pushed her out, but he was too worried for himself and not Juliet, even though he was the one who got her into the mess in the first place. In conclusion I think my choice for the most responsible character that led Romeo and Juliet to their death was the right decision, as Friar Laurence made up the plan, which caused their suicide. In my opinion the reasons for blaming him were the most major points that made everything go wrong and that caused their deaths. Even though he acted with the best intentions he should have just stayed out of everything; he made it all worse. Michelle Moody, Saturn 10 12/19/2007 ...read more.

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