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Who is to Blame for the Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet

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Who is to Blame for the Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet? The tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, a play that contains much controversy around the issue 'who is to blame for the deaths?' In this world we are always so willing to place the blame with one person but in this play, when you look deeper into the language and meanings, it becomes clear that there are a variety of people, and indeed things, that can be blamed. In this essay I be will reporting on each person or thing that has affected the tragedy. Romeo and Juliet themselves are often blamed for their deaths. They are physically responsible, as they themselves both committed suicide. It was Romeo's fault as he purchased the poison, which he drank to die, and Juliet's fault as she stabbed herself. However, away from the physical factors there are many views as to why the couple felt they had no other way to be together. Being young, headstrong and passionate the couple appeared to be emotionally attached and in love. This is one influence in their downfall. Had they never fallen in love, the deaths would not have occurred. After all, the play does take place over a five day period and in that time they meet, fall in love, get married, get separated and commit suicide. We know that they were impulsive, due to the hastiness of their marriage: 'If that thy bent of love be honourable, Thy purpose marriage, send me word tomorrow'. ...read more.


Juliet seemed fine before he told her that she was to marry Paris. This knowledge spurred her to drink the poison because she would rather die a faithful wife than live unfaithfully: 'And I will do it without fear or doubt, To live an unstained wife to my sweet love.' Juliet could clearly see no other way out and all because of her father. 'I tell thee what: get thee to church a' Thursday, or never after look me in the face.' Lord Capulet clearly cares more about being in control of his daughter than he does of her feelings. This is the point in the play where it becomes most apparent. The next character is Friar Lawrence. He was responsible for marrying the couple although he had his doubts right from the beginning. In the end he only agreed to it in the hope that it would end the feud between the two families: 'For this alliance may so happy prove To turn your households' rancour to pure love.' The Friar is also guilty of assisting Juliet in her 'fake death'. In my opinion there are two possible reasons for this. The first is simply that he felt he was obliged to help Juliet. The second, is that he was covering his own back. Friar Lawrence could have been worried about the consequences if anyone found out that he married Juliet to Romeo without her father's permission. ...read more.


She is referring to the fact that Romeo is below her and it could be argued that this is a simple metaphor. The final example of fate that I am going to talk about is when Romeo discovers that Juliet is 'dead'. He believes Balthasar and immediately says: 'I defy you, stars!' This is a good example of fortune, he is saying that "fate" has killed Juliet and now he is going to take his own life before the "stars" have a chance to. There are other characters that play small parts in the catastrophe. For example, Friar John did not deliver the letter to Romeo therefore jeopardising the plan. Another person is Tybalt who, had he not slain Mercutio, could have avoided being killed by Romeo and furthermore causing Romeo to be banished. One more example would be the Apothecary who sells Romeo the poison, both knowing that they have committed a crime as it is against the law to buy or sell poison in Mantua. Had he refused, Romeo could not have killed himself and then Juliet would also not committed suicide. It is smaller characters like these that people often miss when considering who is to blame. In conclusion I feel that it is a combination of events in the play that leads to the downfall of Romeo and Juliet. The Capulets and Montagues, the Nurse and the Friar, Fate and Fortune, Tybalt and the Apothecary, Romeo and Juliet. Every single person or thing that was featured in the play turned out to aid the suicides. ...read more.

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