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

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Who is to blame for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet? Romeo and Juliet was written by William Shakespeare. He was born in 1564. Shakespeare lived in Stratford-upon-Avon and went to the local grammar school. His father's trade was the making and selling of gloves, and instead of going to University, perhaps Shakespeare helped with the business. When he was eighteen, he was married to Anne Hathaway. A year later, they had a daughter Suzanna. Again, in 1585 they had twins. From that time on to 1592, there are no known records of Shakespeare or his family. This period was later named as the 'lost years'. By the time they emerged, Shakespeare was a will known actor and playwright, in London. His first plays were histories, and then he progressed to writing comedies and romances. All was going well for Shakespeare until in 1596 al the happiness goes out of his stories. The plays became tragic and bitter. Maybe this is because one of his twins died, at the tiny age of eleven. ...read more.

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When confronted by Capulet, Tybalt will 'not endure' Romeo. Adding to Tybalts anger that night was Capulet, who embarrasses Tybalt by refusing to let him 'make a mutiny'(Act 1 scene 5 line 78) among his guests by challenging Romeo. Capulet was also partly responsible for keeping the feud alive. He had the authority over the household, and could have stopped the fighting and bitterness if he had wanted to. He has accepted the fact that the two families will always fight, instead of trying to resolve the situation. Lord Capulet was too hard on Juliet when she refused to marry Paris, and did not help give her a fair chance to explain why. Lady Capulet did not help the situation either, but refusing to acknowledge her daughter after her refusal to marry Paris. Lady Capulet could have made better attempt to have a good relationship with Juliet, and she could have paid more attention to her wishes and listened to the opinions of Juliet more carefully. When begged for help after Capulet had given Juliet the ultimatum of marrying Paris or leaving home in disgrace, Lady Capulet tells Juliet "Do as thou wilt, for I have done with thee"(Act 3 scene 5 line 204) ...read more.

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"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. I blame everyone for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet and as everyone takes the blame, "Everyone is punished" (Prince Escalus Act 5 scene3 line 294). ...read more.

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