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

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Coursework: Romeo & Juliet In this essay I will be investigating on who is to blame for the death of Romeo and Juliet. I will investigate on all the main characters and give my reasons on why they are to blame; I will prove this by using quotes from the play and backing them up by using evidence. I will also investigate on what role fate plays in tragedy. ROMEO After being rejected by Rosaline, Romeo was confused and when he met Juliet, he was desperate for a relationship because he desired to be loved by someone. "Out of her favour where I am in love." This quotation tells me that Rosaline does not love Romeo, but Romeo is still in love with her. Romeo and Juliet were both young and inexperienced, out of desperation, Romeo jumped too quickly at the idea of jetting married to Juliet, he couldn't wait and he rushed it with out any thoughts. This was undoubtedly a cause of future problems and a significant reason for the later tragedy. By going to the Capulet's party, the enemies of Romeos family, without an invitation Romeo provoked Tybalt, which inevitably led to a fight. There can be no surprise that this will lead to trouble. However Romeo did not want to fight Tybalt, so for the honour of Romeo, Mercutio decided he should fight in absence of Romeo, which led to Mercutio's death. "O Romeo, Romeo, brave Mercutio's dead." The quotation above was told to Romeo when Mercutio died after the fight with Tybalt. After the death of Mercutio, Romeo was emotionally unstable and he had his mind set on revenge against Tybalt. ...read more.


Firstly the Nurse plays too many important roles in Juliet's life, she is a mother, sister, nurse and servant to Juliet, and Juliet has grown to depend on her. "Go, girl, seek happy nights to happy days." The quotation was said by the Nurse to Juliet, and it means for Juliet to follow her heart and look for love. As a result, Juliet relies on Nurse and always asks her for advice. When Nurse discovered Juliet's secret she encouraged the messages between Juliet and her lover Romeo, even though she knew Romeo was a Montague. I will tell her, sir, that you do protest, which, as I take it, is gentlemanlike offer." Nurse here encourages Romeo to get married to Juliet; she also passes the message on to Juliet, which she regrets later on. Here the nurse did not think of the consequences and the trouble gets her self into. She should have known better than to encourage Juliet, she should have acted more maturely and sensibly. Nurse also helped influence Juliet with her plans to marry Romeo; she kept the marriage a secret therefore betraying the trust of Juliet's parents, by encouraging their only daughter to marry the son of their enemy. Furthermore, she betrays her friendship with Juliet by suggesting that Juliet forgets about Romeo, by marrying Paris instead. This contradicts the advice Nurse gives Juliet earlier on in the play when she encouraged Juliet to marry Romeo, this proves that Nurse was confused and did not know what she was doing or saying. No faith, no honesty in men; all perjured, All forsworn, all naught, all dissemblers. Ah, where's my man? Give me some aqua vitae. ...read more.


As a result of this separation, both Romeo and Juliet were forced to find another way to be together. "Immediately we do exile him hence." Here Prince Escalus banishes Romeo and cutting off the link between the two lovers. By being separated from Juliet, Romeo became emotionally unstable and he believed he might as well be dead. Theses are my reasons why Prince Escalus is partly to blame for the death of Romeo and Juliet. FATE Fate is one of the main issues in the play "Romeo and Juliet"; it plays a significant role and is one of the main reasons why the tragedy occurred. Fate was the reason why the two young lovers were bought together, and were relentlessly torn apart. Romeo and Juliet's relationship was destined to go wrong, it was written in their stars. "From forth the fatal lions of these two foes, A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life." Romeo and Juliet's relationship seemed to be having all the bad luck, because of fate and bad luck they died so young. It was fate that made the only two children from warring families meet and fall in love, fate is the reason why Mercutio was killed, fate made Friar Lawrence's plan go wrong and because of fate Friar John could send his letter warning Romeo on time. What happened to Romeo and Juliet was destined to be. Overall, I think that each of the characters named above are all to blame for the tragedy, if they all had not made silly mistakes the tragedy could have been avoided. However, the main reason why the tragedy happened was fate, Romeo and Juliet's relationship was destined to end this way, it was written in the stars. Therefore I conclude that everyone is to blame for the tragedy of the deaths of Romeo and Juliet, including fate. ...read more.

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