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Who is responsible for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet?Romeo and Juliet is one of Shakespeare's greatest tragedies. It is

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GCSE Shakespeare Essay - Romeo and Juliet Who is responsible for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet? Romeo and Juliet is one of Shakespeare's greatest tragedies. It is a story about 'two star-crossed lovers' Romeo and Juliet who meet an unfortunate end because they're driven apart by their two families, who are rivals. The play is set in a city called Verona; there are two main families, the Capulet's and the Montague's who are 'both alike in dignity' are at war because of an 'ancient grudge' which isn't mentioned in the play. The definition of tragedy is 'A drama or literary work in which the main character is brought to ruin or suffers extreme sorrow, especially as a consequence of a tragic flaw, moral weakness, or inability to cope with unfavorable circumstances'. This is what happens to Romeo in the play. There is no one person to blame for the un-timely deaths of Romeo and Juliet but there are groups and other individuals who may have contributed to what made Juliet to take the sleeping potion which caused Romeo to kill himself. These I will be discussing in the rest of this essay. The first two people I think are to blame are Romeo and Juliet them selves. They got themselves into the relationship and they knew that there'd be consequences. Romeo did several things to incur his and his wife's deaths. One of the first things that he did was go to the Capulet's party even though he was uninvited and unwanted because he is 'our foe; a villain' to Tybalt so ...read more.


He thought that their 'alliance may so happy prove to turn your households' rancour to pure love' meaning that he let the get married because he thought that this would stop the fighting between the two families. Friar Lawrence, though, should have realised that this 'ancient grudge' goes so far back that nothing would stop it - also the fact that Romeo, Juliet, the Nurse and Friar Lawrence kept it all a secret. This meant that the fighting couldn't be stopped so they were going to be punished. He was the one that came up with the plan and planned how they'd be able to get married in secret without anyone knowing - which he did quite successfully. This meant that Romeo and Juliet were trying to do everything in secret and they would've been found out and killed if the Friar didn't do what he was about to do. He also helped Romeo and Juliet get back together after Romeo had been banished. He did this by giving Juliet a potion to take which would give her the characteristics of being dead. He didn't force her into taking it, but he encouraged it so that she and Romeo could be reunited. He was able to keep this plan and whole incident quiet and he was also able to hide Romeo for a few days before he was banished. Then when Juliet did eventually "die" he was very speedy. He entered the room and straight away he asks 'is the bride ready to go to church' and then Capulet said that she's dead and after that the Friar gave a speech and then got her to church as quickly as possible. ...read more.


The last person who I think is to blame is Tybalt. He was the one who caused him and Mercutio to fight because of the fact that he was so wound up that Romeo and other Montague's went to Capulet's party. This caused him to fight with Mercutio which led to Mercutio and his own deaths; also meaning that Romeo was banished. The last thing that may have been to blame is fate. Romeo and Juliet may have been destined to be together and die so they can be together in death. It also says in the prologue says that they were 'star-crossed lovers' meaning that they were ill-fated and were going to die anyway. It also said that their love was 'death-marked' meaning that is was doomed to death. I don't think that any one person was to blame for the untimely deaths of Romeo and Juliet and I also think that this is what Shakespeare was also trying to portray. I think this because he doesn't make it just one person who caused it and he also mentions a lot about fate in the prologue. They are not all equally to blame though because - as you may be able to tell - some people had more reasons for them than others. There are also minorities - like Friar John and the Apothecary who I've either mentioned a little or nothing about. No one in particular was to blame for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet; I think they bought it on themselves. Matt Denmark 10y1 GCSE English Coursework ...read more.

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