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Who is the most to blame for the tragic deaths of Romeo and Juliet?

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Who is the most to blame for the tragic deaths of Romeo and Juliet? 'Romeo and Juliet' was a play written by William Shakespeare in the late sixteenth century. It is the story of two lovers who come from opposing household, and how their deaths result in the reconciliation between their two families. I believe that all of the characters in the play had a part to play in the tragic deaths of Romeo and Juliet, but I think that some characters are much more to blame than others. I think that the three characters who carry the greatest amount of blame for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet are the Nurse, the Friar Laurence and Romeo himself. I believe that both the Nurse and the Friar Laurence should have been more mature about the decisions they made, and the advice that they gave to Romeo and Juliet. I believe that they did not consider the consequences of the advice they gave, or the actions that they performed. I also think that Romeo has a part to play in his own death, as well as the death of his wife Juliet, as he rushed into the marriage with her without considering what the consequences would be of their marriage. I believe that Juliet isn't to blame as much as Romeo, because she was younger than Romeo, and had let a much more sheltered life than he had, as she was a young woman growing up in the confines of the Capulet household, while Romeo was allowed to do as he pleased. Friar Laurence is a Franciscan monk, who is mutual about the feud between the Capulets (Juliet's family) and the Monatgues (Romeo's family), and has an unbiased viewpoint over which family is in the wrong, and which one isn't. The play shows that members of both households, especially Romeo and Juliet trust him a great deal, which is evident from the following quotation, spoken by Romeo in reference to the Friar enquiring about ...read more.

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After this brief session of informing Juliet that her husband is dead, and that she should join a convent, the Friar abandons her in a vault full of all of Juliet's kin, including now both Paris and Romeo, as he is too afraid of being caught as the scene, as it would disgrace the Church, but more importantly the Friar thinks that he would be in trouble, which is shown from the following quotation: 'Stay not to question, for the watch is coming; Come, go, good Juliet I dare no longer stay.' Act 5 Scene 3 The Friar's true nature becomes apparent before his exit in this scene. He seems to not so much care of how Juliet is feeling at the moment, but is more concerned about the fact that she does not tell anyone about the part the Friar played in the story. The Friar leaves Juliet in a fragile state after quickly telling her of the tragic events that had taken place in the twenty-four hours that she was asleep. The Friar does not see that Juliet is distraught by what he has just told her, but insists that she leaves with him, so that none of them are caught. When she insists on staying, he abandons her without considering how she might be feeling, which shows that the Friar is parsimonious. Another character that I think has a large part to play in the tragic deaths of Romeo and Juliet is the Nurse. The Nurse is very close to Juliet, much closer than Juliet's mother is with her daughter, because the Nurse lost her child at the same time that Juliet was born, so she has a particular attachment to her, treating Juliet as if she was actually her daughter. Juliet's Nurse was the one who brought up Juliet, ever since she was a baby, which is the basis of their apparently close bond. ...read more.

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All of his actions, excluding the killing of Tybalt can be directly related to the fact that he was in love with Juliet. He can also be excused for killing Tybalt, even though he was his cousin-in-law, as Tybalt had slain his best friend Mercutio, who he loved dearly. Romeo was not the one who instigated the fight with Tybalt, as he knew that he was now his cousin-in-law. Romeo refused to fight Tybalt, and tried to resolve their differences peacefully, as shown by the following quotation: 'Tybalt, the reason that I have to love thee Doth much excuse the appertaining rage To such a greeting. Villain am I none. Therefore farewell; I see thou know'st me not.' Act 3 Scene 1 The person that I believe carries that greatest amount of blame regarding the tragic deaths of Romeo and Juliet is the Friar Laurence. He was the person who could have totally altered the outcome of play by refusing to marry Romeo and Juliet, or at least make them wait to marry one another to show that they are devoted enough to wait to be married, instead of rush into a hasty marriage. If the Friar had not been so confident in everything he told Romeo and Juliet to do (such as marrying them, and therefore uniting their families, or the plan about Juliet taking the potion) but had considered the consequences of his actions, or considered what could wrong, then he could have advised Romeo and Juliet better about what to do. If the Friar had not agreed to immediately marry Romeo and Juliet, or had made the effort to go to Mantua to inform Romeo of his plan to allow them (Romeo and Juliet) to be together, then he would have been able to prevent the whole tragedy. The Friar was too self-centred to consider the repercussions of his actions, and wanted to be the man responsible for the unification between the two families, which is something that was eventually achieved due to the loss of Romeo and Juliet's lives. Pratik Vats 11T ...read more.

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