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Who is the most to blame for the tragedy of "Romeo and Juliet"?

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Who is the most to blame for the tragedy of "Romeo and Juliet"? "Romeo and Juliet" is a famous novel written by the well-known play writer/ author, William Shakespeare. The play is estimated to have been written between 1594 and 1597, and is now an extremely popular novel. The play consists of Romeo, a young Montague and Juliet, a Capulet. Described as "a couple of unfortunate lovers", Romeo and Juliet unexpectedly fall in love. Romeo and Juliet feel so strongly about each other, in the heat of the moment they make the sudden decision to marry. Romeo is a young teenager from the Montague household and Juliet a young Capulet. There is an ongoing feud between the families described as an "ancient grudge". The pressure imposed on Romeo and Juliet, by friends and family leads to their death. However, I do not believe there is a specific person or factor responsible for the death of Romeo and Juliet, but a number of contributing aspects. Romeo, at the beginning of play is portrayed as immature and inexperienced in love. We learn he believes he is "in love" with a girl called Rosaline who is Capulet. Romeo states, "I do love a woman". Romeo believes Rosaline to be perfect, although she takes no interest in him. He describes her beauty as "Cuts beauty off from all posterity". The audience interpret this "lust" as young man's fancy, as he does not yet understand the true meaning of love. ...read more.

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Juliet ends her relationship with nurse, feeling completely deceived and betrayed. I don't think the nurse realised the extent of damage she could cause by urging Juliet to marry Romeo so soon. She had good intentions for Juliet, but became very excitable over the prospect of her marrying Romeo. Juliet's parents, I feel contribute highly to the couple's death. Lady Capulet and Capulet, made no attempt to resolve the family feud. They had authority in the Capulet household and believed that Juliet should marry Paris. They did not respect her opinions, and didn't pay much attention to what she desired. Lady Capulet ordered Juliet to marry Paris "She shall be married to this noble earl". Juliet rebelled to her order, and Lady Capulet left Capulet to deal with the situation, "Here comes your father, tell him so yourself: / And see how he will take it at your hands.". At the beginning, Capulet feels Juliet is far too young to marry but later we find him saying "I think she will be ruled, in all respects by me: I doubt it not." Lady Capulet is represented as cold hearted, uncaring and unsympathetic, and this is what leads Juliet to invest in her relationship with the nurse and her marriage to Romeo. Romeo's parents can be blamed as well for this tragedy. However, they are not as responsible as the Capulet's. They did not interfere with Romeo's life but still alike the Capulets, kept the feud going. ...read more.

Conclusion

However at the end of the play he accepts some of the responsibility for what has happened by "Winking at their discords" He also tries to bring the two sides together by, "What a scourge is laid upon your hate, /that heavens finds means to kill your joys with love". In conclusion to studying several characters and factors in the play "Romeo and Juliet", I believe the parents of both Romeo and Juliet, are mostly to blame. I think this because, they could of resolved their feud to avoid this fatal tragedy. Lady Capulet and Capulet imposed restrictions on Juliet, and did not listen to her. While I do not doubt her parents did not love her, I feel they should've listened to her opinions. They thought they knew what was best for her, which actually resulted in her death. Romeo's parents were not very understanding, and made no attempt to solve the feud. Although I feel these people contribute the most to this tragedy, they cannot be blamed solely. Many of the characters played major parts in this tragedy as well. For example Friar Lawrence's plans required accurate timing and were never successful. I also feel Romeo and Juliet were too young to understand what true love was, and their decisions were too rash in such a short period of time. Many of the characters account for this tragedy, in which all should possess a certain amount of responsibility for their actions. ?? ?? ?? ?? Amy Taylor 10.1 Romeo and Juliet English/Literature Coursework ...read more.

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