• 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 deaths of Romeo and Juliet?

Extracts from this document...


19.11.01 Unit 3: Shakespeare Matthew Wood 10D Who is to blame for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet? I think that everyone is to blame but the people who are most to blame for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet are the Capulet family, Friar Lawrence, the Nurse and Fate. I think Fate is mostly to blame because it has been against them since the beginning. This is shown at the beginning when Romeo and Juliet are described as "star-crossed lovers", meaning Fate is against them. I think that the Capulet family are partly to blame because it was the custom in the 16th century for the daughter to marry whoever the father wishes and also because neither one of Juliet's parents knew her well. This is shown when Lady Capulet wanted to speak to Juliet alone but then calls the Nurse back: "Nurse, give leave awhile, we must talk in secret. ...read more.


I think that the nurse could also be partly to blame because she never really gave Juliet any guidance. She liked the idea of Juliet marrying Romeo but warned him not to lead her on: "If ye should lead her in a fool's paradise, as they say; for the gentlewoman is young". After Juliet and Capulet argue, the nurse thinks it advisable that she marries Paris because there is no hope for Romeo as he has been banished to Mantua and also to prevent Juliet from being on the street, "I think it best you married with the County. O he's a lovely gentleman" This showed that the nurse did not think of the consequences before she said this. This would have a really bad effect on Romeo and Juliet's marriage because Juliet wouldn't have any time to see Romeo as Paris would probably be with her most of the time. ...read more.


This nearly made it impossible for Romeo and Juliet to see each other. Mercutio is also partly to blame because he should not have invited Romeo to a Capulet party: "Nay gentle Romeo, we must have you dance." At the party Tybalt spots Romeo: "Tis he, that villain Romeo". This makes Tybalt angry and he wants to fight Romeo to the death. The next day Tybalt finds Romeo, Mercutio and Benvolio. Mercutio steps in for Romeo and fights Mercutio gets hit and says: "a plague on both your houses" meaning that he wants both houses to be killed. Tybalt runs off and Romeo pursues him. They both fight and Romeo kills Tybalt. The prince arrives and asks Benvolio what happens and then Romeo is banished. All this means that it was partly Mercutio's fault. Romeo and Juliet themselves where also to blame because Romeo shouldn't have pursued her knowing she is a Capulet: "Is she a Capulet? O dear account, my life is my foe's debt.". ...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 the most to blame for the tragic deaths of Romeo and Juliet?

    Also, the Nurse never considers the consequences of what would happen if the marriage between Romeo and Juliet was discovered. She tries to make Juliet happy, but her lack of supportiveness and her irresponsibility towards the advice she gives Juliet could be reasons why she is to blame for Romeo and Juliet's deaths.

  2. Who or what is to blame for the deaths of

    It was important for the Friar to have parental consent for marriage, because at this time and in Juliet's case, many young women were found husbands by their fathers' and married off. His reasons for this are, "to turn your households rancour to pure love", to reconcile the two feuding families.

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