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Who is to blame for Romeo & Juliet's death - is it fate, their own personalities or the people around them?

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Who is to blame for Romeo & Juliet's death - is it fate, their own personalities or the people around them? The story of Romeo and Juliet originally came from a myth around the old town of Verona, later on in history Shakespeare took this idea of 'two star-crossed lovers' and made it into the 'Romeo and Juliet' we know today. In Elizabethan Verona the story begins with two families, the Capulets, and the Montagues. The families have been feuding for many years, much to the dismay of the Prince of the town. The Capulet family has only one child, Juliet. The rest of the Capulet family consists of Old Capulet - Juliet's father, Lady Capulet - Juliet's mother, Tybalt - Juliet's cousin and Juliet's Nurse. The Montague family also has only one child, Romeo. The family also has Old Montague and Lady Montague, Romeo's parents. Here already we can see a comparison between the two families; both only have one child, making the final tragic loss far worse. Other characters in the play are Benvolio and Mercutio - Romeo's friends Escalus -Prince of Verona, Paris - Juliet's husband to be, and Friar Lawrence - A Friar of the Order St.Francis. ...read more.

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lovers, however Juliet seems to think she is able to marry whom she wishes without consulting her family, she is not as innocent as one may first believe. Romeo's character has a bad influence on Juliet, at the beginning of the play before the party Juliet follows her mother's command and is submissive, but slowly as the relationship gets more and more serious she begins to disobey, although Juliet was very certain of the fact that she wanted to get married and was willing to defy her father to do so this decision is influenced by Romeo's character. In summary I believe that out of the pair Romeo was far more to blame than Juliet was, his character seems to be much more in charge of the relationship whereas Juliet simply follows on. Much of the blame for what happened could be placed on the families themselves, had they not been feuding the relationship would not of had to be secret. Both families encouraged this relationship, however indirectly. For example, Juliet's mother constantly telling Juliet what to do, or Juliet's Nurse, taking messages to Romeo. Mercutio, making Romeo go to the party. Neither of the families knew where the feud had started and so were both highly irresponsible by not stopping it. ...read more.

Conclusion

If it was indeed fate that timed the events then still it was not entirely fates fault. The most likely people to blame are Tybalt, the Nurse, and the Friar Lawrence. Tybalt was extremely aggressive, he could well have controlled his anger and held back before attacking Romeo, he had a malicious nature and intention to do evil at all times. The Nurse was an old lady who had seen much of her life and before she got to old she wanted to see true love one more time, she wanted a love story to dote on. And finally the Friar, a man of good intentions but lacking when it comes to future thought he had the right idea but applied it incorrectly, resulting in the deaths of the pair. In conclusion, the fateful meeting of the two lovers, the undelivered message from the friar, the innocence of the two young people could be blamed for their deaths, but I believe that the main culprits were the people around them, the prince for not stopping the feuding sooner, the parents of Juliet for being overly dominant about their child, the nurse for acting the mediator and lastly Friar Lawrence for marring the couple under the belief that it would unite the families. ...read more.

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