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Who Is To Be Blamed For The Death Of Romeo And Juliet

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Who Is To Be Blamed For The Death Of Romeo And Juliet? Introduction The tragedy of 'Romeo and Juliet' , written by William Shakespeare in the late 16th century is about how two young people from conflicting families meet and fall in love. 'Romeo and Juliet' is one of Shakespeare's well known plays. In 'Romeo and Juliet' Shakespeare in the prologue stats that they will both die 'A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life' this shows that Romeo and Juliet will die in the end. Shakespeare does this to take the tension off if they would die or not onto the message in which William Shakespeare would like to put across about how all the fight against the opposing families are ended by the deaths of their children, Romeo and Juliet. In 'Romeo and Juliet' there are several characters that play a part in Romeo and Juliet's death, some of the characters were more responsible then others. I think that these characters were more responsible in the deaths of Romeo they are Romeo and Juliet themselves and their Parents. Firstly, I blame simple fate. This is because the tragedy was not the fault of anyone individual. It happened because of bad luck. It was fate that Romeo and Juliet met and fell in love, and bad luck that friar's letter, which could have saved them, did not reach Romeo in time. ...read more.


When Romeo kills him self he speaks the words of truth 'Here's to my love. O true apothecary: Thy drugs are quick. Thus with a kiss I die.' (Romeo, Act 5 Scene iii) Romeo shows how much he cares and loves Juliet and would die to be with her, because they will be together in death if not in present. When Juliet awakes from the poison she find Romeo dead by her side by this time she sees the dagger in which Romeo has brought with him and to be with Romeo, Juliet use the dagger to kill herself and says 'O happy dagger. This is thy sheath, there rust and let me die.' (Juliet, Act 5,Scene iii) by this she means that because Romeo is dead there is no reason for her to live so she kills herself to be with the one she loves. Romeo and Juliet take a big part in their own deaths as they rush into things and get married the next day after meeting each other, even after finding out that they are enemies Romeo and Juliet still carry on seeing each other in secret and knowing the consequences for this. The parents In 'Romeo and Juliet' the parents of Romeo and Juliet take sum it not most of the blame for the deaths of their son and daughter. ...read more.


Mercutio's attitude to the quarrels and fighting just made the situation worse. He saw the quarrels as a game, and this led to his death, Romeo's banishment and the tragic end to the story. A good example of this attitude is just before his death, in a confrontation with Tybalt. "And but one word with one of us? Couple it with something; make it a word and a blow" This was intended to intimidate Tybalt. It succeeded and led to his death. The Friar Lawrence was an intelligent man, and the reason why he agreed to marry Romeo and Juliet, on the chance it would stop the feud, is beyond me. He managed to make the situation worse every time he intervened, without realising it. He gave Juliet the sleeping drug, which alerted Romeo in Mantua, and his letter failed to reach Romeo in time. This is the main cause for the deaths of Paris and Romeo. Lastly, I blame the Nurse. She encouraged Juliet in her adolescent ideas of romance; she acted as messenger and adviser to the couple, despite her lack of common sense and intelligence. She helped the lovers meet and get married secretly. It was her duty to inform Juliet's parents of their relationship. Nurse also went against the laws of the church by advising Juliet to marry Paris, knowing she was already married to Romeo. In conclusion I blame everyone for the death of Romeo and Juliet as everyone takes the blame, "Everyone is punished" (Prince Escalus Act 5 scene3 line 294). ...read more.

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