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Who is responsible for Romeo and Juliet's death.

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Romeo and Juliet Coursework When looking at who is responsible for Romeo and Juliet's death, another set of factors must be taken into account. The first and most obvious thing is the plot and its main points. The party is the first key point, where the two first see each other. They fall immediately in love, "O she doth teach the torches to burn bright", this shows fate coming into the plot (since Romeo is invited by accident in the first place). The audience in Victorian times would have liked this and expected it from a play such as this. The balcony scene demonstrates fate coming into their deaths; "Oh Romeo, Romeo" shows this, and shows that they are both willing to risk death to be with each other (as Romeo is in the other house's gardens). To the audience, this would have been a contrast scene to the scene of their deaths. This shows how their circumstances and they themselves could have caused their deaths, but the characters also played a major role. The two lords for example wouldn't let Romeo and Juliet marry, "You are to be married to Paris", this is obviously intended by Shakespeare because if it wasn't this way, there would be no storyline. They are just one example however; the details cannot be blamed on any one or two characters. ...read more.


What light through yonder window breaks?". These all show the different styles of writing Shakespeare used to adapt the play and to make it more appealing and exciting for the audience. Shakespeare's writing is also written in Early English, which is how people spoke at the time (mostly), "Is three long hours, yet she has not come"; this shows how Shakespeare could make the language appeal to an audience and how he could make it more understandable. The mood of the characters also influences language changes during the play, "Do as thou wilt, for I have done with thee" is when Lady Capulet is angry, and "Ho daughter, are you up?" is when she is in a caring mood. This shows how the character's language changes as their mood changes, which also lets the audience feel as if they are getting to know the character. These all show just how much thought Shakespeare put into the language of his plays, how they made the characters be perceived and how the audience would react. As well as studying the book by Shakespeare, we also saw other interpretations of his play. The Black Cat Theatre company for example, performed their interpretation of Romeo and Juliet with a few differences to Shakespeare's version. There was more audience interaction (e.g. Romeo interacted with the audience at certain points), this shows who they aimed their audience at and their knowledge of audience reaction. ...read more.


Friar Lawrence wanted to see the lovers do the right thing and hopefully end the feuding, however he gives Juliet the means to carry out her plan, which is quite extreme, although he does do his best to inform Romeo; he therefore seems blameless in this. Mercutio persuaded Romeo to go to the party where he met Juliet first (which could also be fate), but also dies, which makes Romeo kill Tybalt. He can' be blamed much if at all, since fate was meant to get Romeo and Juliet together. Tybalt keeps feuding and is a trouble maker, who is killed by Romeo (which is his own fault), and causes Romeo's exile. He can be blamed mostly for their deaths since he was causing trouble and wouldn't be friends with Romeo. The Nurse wanted Romeo and Juliet to be together as well, and was doing the best she could; she seems blameless too. Overall, the people who seem to be most responsible are Tybalt, since he tried to kill Romeo, and killed Romeo's friend (and also purposely wouldn't make peace with Romeo). Lord and Lady Capulet seem to be responsible too, since they were forcing Juliet to marry Paris. Ultimately, the two lovers were going to die due to fate anyway, so changing a character' actions or ideas wouldn't have made any difference. However, everyone has different opinions and each argument is open to interpretation, so no one can be sure who (if anyone) is to blame, since fate was envolved. Ralph Weatherburn 10T ...read more.

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