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Who is responsible for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet?

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Who is responsible for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet? We've been studying the play 'Romeo and Juliet' written by William Shakespeare. It's a romance and a tragedy because there are two lovers who because of their love end up dying. This essay is to explain and analyze whom I think was responsible for their deaths. I will begin with Romeo, a young boy almost twenty that is in love with love. It's becomes evident in the first Act where he is in love with Rosaline and is so devoted to her he waits under the trees outside the city's walls. If Romeo were not so involve in his emotions then he would not have invited himself to Capulet's party just to see Rosaline. Romeo is too hasty and passionate and those two emotions are a deadly Combination, as Friar Laurence warns him when Juliet and him get married, "These violent delights have violent ends, and in their triumph die, like fire and powder." Romeo's motivation is to marry Juliet and live or die with her at any cost. In the last scene he proves that by committing suicide because he feels he can't live without her. ...read more.

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Lord Capulet is the father of Juliet. We see two sides of this character in the play: a devoted man who loves his daughter, and a stubborn tyrant that does not like to be crossed. We see an example of this at the party he throws. Lord Capulet greets his guest happily with jokes and puns. "Welcome Gentleman, Ladies that have toes unplagu'd with corns will walk bout with you!" Also when Tybalt sees Romeo and his friends at the party and reports to Lord Capulet about their trespassing, he lays down the law that they're allowed to stay, "You'll make a mutiny among my guests." If he had taken Tybalts advice and kicked them out then Romeo would not have seen Juliet and fallen in love with her. Also Tybalt would not have challenged Romeo to the fight that killed Mercutio and himself. Lord Capulet was unhappy when Juliet refused to marry Paris because he expected her to be obedient. If he had had not wanted his own way then he may considered that Juliet didn't want to marry a man she didn't love. ...read more.

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If Friar Laurence were not so cowardly and run away from the Capulet's tomb when Juliet woke up the he would have been able to save her life. Also if the Friar had not have been thinking of himself getting the blame for the marriage then he might have been able to come up with some more practical advice for Romeo and Juliet and they would not have died. In this essay I have analyzed some characters in the play and explained why they might be held responsible for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. In conclusion I hold no one person to blame for the deaths of the two lovers. All main characters to a larger or greater extent contributed. The Nurses support for a bad marriage, Capulet's strictness, Tybalt's taunting, the Friar's usage of Romeo and Juliet's marriage to fulfill his ultimate need to protect his own position and Mercutio's humour, are all connected to the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. The tension and obstacles placed in the path of their love resulted in the conflict that led to Romeo's banishment, the sleeping drug Juliet took and Romeo's ultimate tragic death at the loss of his true love, which in turn, was mirrored by Juliet's death at her own hand. By: Sara Feero 10SOC ...read more.

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