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Who is to blame for the tragedy in Romeo and Juliet?

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Who is to blame for the tragedy in Romeo and Juliet? Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet is set in Verona, Italy. It is the story of two families Montague and Capulet and they are enemies, but Romeo Montague falls in love with Juliet Capulet. The play has many deaths and it could be said a number of characters to blame, such as Fate, Romeo, Juliet, The Nurse, The Prince, Friar Lawrence, Lord and lady Capulet, Lord and lady Montague, Mercutio (Romeo's friend) and Tybalt (Juliet's cousin). I am going to discuss which one of these characters I think is to blame for the death of Romeo and Juliet. The Montagues and the Capulets could be blamed for what happened to Romeo and Juliet because they are fighting over something they can't even remember. "Three civil brawls, Bred of an airy word." This shows they have had three fights in the streets of Verona and they don't even know why. This could have led to the deaths because if they had made up and forgot about the brawls then the two families would not be enemies and Romeo and Juliet falling in love would not be a bad thing and it could have brought happiness. ...read more.

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She changes towards the end when she is fickle in criticising Romeo when comparing him to Paris. "O, he's a lovely gentleman! Romeo's a dishclout to him." The nurse is saying Romeo is a dishrag compared to Paris the lovely gentleman. She told Juliet to marry Romeo and now she won't help her and tells her to marry Paris. So this leads Juliet into seeking help from friar Lawrence and because she feels lonely and has no one there to support her she wants to commit suicide. Tybalt is an arrogant and aggressive character that must accept some responsibility for the tragedy in the play. He is involved in a fight with the Capulets at the beginning of the play. "What, drawn and the talk of peace? I hate the word as I hate hell, all Montagues, and thee have thee coward." This shows Benvolio wants peace but Tybalt doesn't, he's calling him a coward for asking him for peace. He could be blamed because Romeo kills him later in the play and if he accepted the peace this may not have happened. This also shows he is blamed because he could have stopped the feud between the two families and maybe the Montagues and Capulets would have accepted Romeo and Juliet to get married. ...read more.

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Also "Sin from my lips? O trespass sweetly urg'd. Give me my sin again" this shows he has just met Juliet and he is already kissing her and he has fallen in love with her, not knowing she is a Capulet. Juliet might also be held responsible for the events of the play. She is na�ve and gullible. She marries Romeo within a short amount of time and she thinks she is in love. She does question whether Romeo actually loves her "O swear not by the moon, th'inconstant moon, that monthly changes in her circl'd orb." This shows that the moon changes during the month, so she is questioning if Romeo will change his mind throughout the month and possibly fall in love with a different girl. They both made sudden decisions, which could have led to their deaths. There are a number of characters that might be blame for the tragedy of 'Romeo and Juliet' in my opinion Friar Lawrence was mainly to blame because he agreed to get them married and I think if he told Romeo he is rushing into the marriage the deaths would not have happened. Fate is also to blame because no one could stop them falling in love, and not telling their families would end up in tragedy. ...read more.

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