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Who, in your opinion, is to blame for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet?

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In Shakespeare's play 'Romeo and Juliet', the title characters are in love and married, but their families are at war with each other. When Romeo gets banished to Mantua for killing Juliet's cousin, Tybalt, Juliet is forced to marry the county, Paris but of course she can't. Friar Lawerence, the man who married Romeo and Juliet, tries to help by giving Juliet a potion that will make her look like she's dead so she doesn't have to marry Paris. This all works but Friar Lawerence doesn't get the message to Romeo in time and when Romeo gets to the vault where Juliet's 'dead' body is lying, he kills himself. Moments later, Juliet wakes up and sees her dead husband's body on the floor and stabs herself. Who is to blame for these deaths? Most of the characters in Romeo and Juliet have some part to play in the two title characters deaths because none of them fully understood the feelings they had for each other. ...read more.


It is the constant feud going on between these two families that forced Romeo and Juliet's secrecy and without the secrecy, the Capulet's would know about Juliet's love for Romeo and they would know that Romeo and Juliet are married. If they had known about the marriage then Romeo would never have been banished in the first place and they wouldn't have had to use the sleeping potion. Romeo was too hasty with his proposal to Juliet. If he had talked to his or Juliet's parents about what he wanted to do, then maybe they would have understood and permitted the marriage. Instead he went full steam ahead. "Th' exchange of thy love's faithful vows for mine." Juliet did agree to this so it is just as much her fault as it is Romeos. "I gave thee mine before thou didst request it: And yet I would it were to give again." ...read more.


He enjoyed fighting which bought around his death because he and Romeo were fighting. He enjoyed the feud between the two families so didn't like the Montague's and unfortunately, Romeo is a Montague. Juliet also rushed into her decision rather than thinks over her decision and talk to the Nurse about it. If she had thought about both the pros and cons of the marriage then maybe she would have realised how stupid it was to marry a Montague. Also, if she had talked to someone about her problem then maybe that person could have helped with something that didn't involve 'killing herself.' Fate has a minor role in Romeo ad Juliet's deaths because, even though Fate relies on actions, it was Juliet's rushed answer to Romeos proposal that brought on this whole thing. Overall, everyone had a part to play in the deaths of Romeo and Juliet however big or small, they all helped. ?? ?? ?? ?? Who, in your opinion, is to blame for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet? Alice Douglas 9c ...read more.

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