• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

'Who is to blame for the death of Romeo and Juliet? Discuss.'

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

'Who is to blame for the death of Romeo and Juliet? Discuss.' For many years people have argued and discussed the ways in which different characters may be regarded to contribute towards the death of Romeo and Juliet. There may be many reasons for the death of these two young lovers and in this essay I am going to discuss the characters that may be considered to play a part in the tragedy. There are a number of characters in the play that participate and contribute to the tragic events of the play. The motivation of each character, along with the involvement placed in the play, contributes to our thoughts and provides a definite answer in reaching a conclusion. We soon come to relate with the characters and see how each of them is connected to the lovers' death. Different aspects and fate combine to cause the death of these two 'star crossed lovers'. This particular tragedy is about two people who died for one another's love. Shakespeare wrote this play going against family traditions at the time, and wrote about two people who married each other out of love. Conversely, the two lovers had not thought about the consequences and as a result, they both ended up dying tragically. Most of the characters fall in love at first sight; Romeo and Juliet, spoiling for a brawling fight; Mercution and Tybalt. Old Montague and Capulet act like adolescents in their continuing feud with one another, even getting involved in the fighting. Old Capulet orders for his lady to hand him a sword as Montague defiantly says, 'Thou villain Capulet! Hold me not.' The Capulets and Montagues have used their swords dishonourably by fighting against each other and staining the swords with the blood of neighbours. The nurse acts more like Juliet's excitable younger sister than a responsible adult. Only the prince and Benvolio, and later on Friar Laurence, show any sense of responsibility in rationalising and relaxing in certain circumstances. ...read more.

Middle

Such as Romeo's impulsive, passionate nature that, not only does he fall in love at first sight, he does not think about his actions. Throughout the whole play, the theme of haste and 'acting before you think' is reiterated. Romeo falls into love too quickly and acts too hastily. He does not think about what might happen as a result of this speed of life as he does not think things through. At the beginning of the play, we first see war; and now we hear about love, as Benvolio describes the behaviour of his infatuated friend. Romeo is up before dawn, walking alone in the woods and weeping; when the sun rises, he hurries home and locks himself from the outside world. These are the early symptoms of unrequited love, although neither Benvolio nor Romeo's parents appear to recognise this. We wait for Romeo to show us the extent of his love-sickness. He is miserable, however he enjoys his misery. What matters to Romeo is the emotion that he calls 'love'. It makes him happy and at the same time, makes him sad. He tries to express these two conflicting states in a series of witty paradoxes- phrases, which seem absurd. These are also an ominous, foreboding sign, as they are ironic and connect with Juliet's death, when she takes the drug; 'still-waking sleep'. During the balcony scene, and then after his wedding night he doesn't give any thought to what Juliet's family think. He would rather they find out and his 'life were better ended by their fate'. Better to love and die than die without love; 'than death prorogued, wanting of thy love'. This is ironic as Romeo did die for his love and ended this relationship with Juliet by departing with her through committing suicide out of love. Their engagement interprets a situation happening too quickly. Romeo shows significant queries about the sudden love between them, 'so thrive my soul-'. ...read more.

Conclusion

Extract the Friar from the story of Romeo and Juliet, and one may find that there would not have even been a story. The Friar is an extremely important character. In conclusion I feel that each of the main characters contributed towards the tragedy consisting of Romeo and Juliet's death. The hasty marriage, wrongful use of the potion, failure to send the letter, and selfishness of the Friar are the causes for the deaths that occurred in the play. In spite of the many coincidences and references to heaven and stars, Romeo and Juliet however, is not totally a tragedy of fate. Each character has his/her freewill and is responsible for his/her actions. The substantial events that inspire the conclusion of Romeo and Juliet are; the Capulet ball, the quarrel experienced by Tybalt and Romeo, and Friar John's plague. The Capulet ball influences the ending of the play by Romeo's invitation at the ball, which creates the meeting of Romeo and Juliet. The ball also gives birth to Tybalt's anger and causes his challenge. The challenge causes the banishment of Romeo, which produces much grieving by Juliet and Romeo. Since Friar John did not deliver the letter, Romeo thinks that Juliet is dead, sacrifices himself. Juliet seeing that Romeo is dead, slays herself also. It could be said that fate has no part at all in the Romeo and Juliet play, that it all happened of it's own accord, and this could be possible. Personally, I think that too many things would have had to happen consequentially for it to all happen by chance - I still believe that Shakespeare was still hinting at the prospect of justice; that wrong doings will be punished in some way or other. Basically, I think that Romeo found true love, and paid the price for trying to get everything he wanted. He was initially put into a very difficult situation, from which an unfortunate chain of events couldn't be stopped from arising. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Romeo and Juliet section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Romeo and Juliet essays

  1. Who is to blame for the death of Romeo and Juliet?

    Romeo will not get the letter, and then the bad news travels fast, Before Friar Lawrence letter could get to Romeo. Romeo hears from someone else that his beloved Juliet is dead and this causes him to buy a poison and go to Juliet's tomb, Romeo drinks the poison and takes his last breath next to his sleeping wife.

  2. Writing about the story of Romeo and Juliet, in a prologue then the relationship ...

    There are many things that make up a relationship. To just look at someone and say you love him or her with all your heart before you have even talked to them is just unheard of today. You might hear this saying and maybe you believe it to be true but...

  1. Who was to Blame for the Death of Romeo and Juliet?

    It is a very important concept for understanding the events that led to the tragedy of the young lovers' death. Friar Lawrence is the person that marries Romeo and Juliet secretly. He is known and respected as an educated and holy man.

  2. Romeo And Juliet - The feud between the Montague and Capulet families and the ...

    This once again shows how young and vulnerable they both are. Romeo's hastiness to get married is questioned by Friar Laurence. When Romeo asks him to marry him and Juliet he questions him over his love for Rosaline. This quote justifies my statement, "Holy Saint Francis, what a change is here!

  1. "Romeo and Juliet, the 'star-crossed lovers', are doomed from the start, not by fate, ...

    He tries to establish authority in his threats but does not carry them out. We know this because he had the chance to sentence Romeo to death, as promised, but didn't, he instead just banished him. If the Prince had tried harder to prevent the quarrelling and carried out more

  2. The concept of fate - Romeo and Juliet

    My only love, sprung from my only hate! Too early seen unkown, and unkown too late! Prodigious birth of love is to me That I must love a loathed enemy. (I, vi, lines 139-142) The first time Juliet meets Romeo and falls in love with him, she finds out

  1. To What Extent is Friar Lawrence Responsible For the deaths of Romeo and Juliet?

    "beg pardon of the Prince", and hope that it all blows over, then in the absence of Romeo, Juliet confided in Friar Lawrence so he gave her a sleeping potion to make her seem dead even though she was only in a deep sleep, he then tries to get a

  2. Violence and conflict are central to Romeo and Juliet. Discuss this theme with reference ...

    Consequently, with their love censured not only by the Montague's and Capulet's but by the ruler of Verona, Romeo and Juliet's relationship puts Romeo in danger of violent reprisal from both Juliet's kinsmen and the state. Throughout this scene, Shakespeare uses dramatic devices in an explosive way to shock the audience, and prepare them for an even bigger event.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work