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

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Romeo And Juliet Who is to blame for the tragic deaths of Romeo and Juliet? Of the many characters involved in the romantic though tragic performance of 'Romeo and Juliet' all bear some responsibility for sending the "star crossed lovers" to their deaths. At the start of the performance the audience are informed of what is to happen in the play. They are aware from the beginning that the play is a tragedy as the main characters die in the final scenes "which but their children's end, nought could remove, is now the two hours traffic of our stage". None other of Shakespeare's plays begin in this way, we are not told why Shakespeare does this but although the audience knows what is to happen they watch to see how the performance concludes into the death of the two young lovers. Rosaline, who speaks not a word in the play, but who we are told Romeo is first infatuated with, could be blamed, as if she had of "oped her lap" as Romeo wished then he would not of become a love sick fool "in sadness cousin I do love a woman" and allowed himself to be persuaded to the Capulet's party were he laid eyes on Juliet. ...read more.


It could be said that Lord Capulet's rage and ultimatum drives Juliet to the fatal decision she makes, but we must remember that in the performance he is not aware that Friar Lawrence has already wed Juliet to Romeo. The audience is shown, at the Capulet's party, that Lord Capulet is a reasonably good man, Tybalt sees Romeo and his initial reaction is to start a brawl, "now by the stock and honour of my kin, to strike him dead I hold it not a sin". Lord Capulet then compliments Romeo "a bears him like a portly gentleman, and to say truth, Verona brags of him to be a virtuous and well-governed youth" and tries to prevent any up roar at the party. When Paris first asked for Juliet's hand in marriage "but now my lord what say you to my suit" Lord Capulet is quite hesitant, "let two more summers wither in their pride ere we may think her ripe to be a bride" and wants to keep Juliet his only surviving daughter as a child. After Tybalt's death he quickly orders Juliet to be married to Paris to try and help her over her bereavement for Tybalt. ...read more.


Both the lovers were probably suffering from what we now call "puppy love" in minutes of seeing each other they both felt that the rest of their lives were to be with one another and are both willing to give up everything "deny thy father and refuse thy name, or, if thou wilt not, be sworn my love, and I'll no longer be a Capulet". Some people believe that the characters in Romeo and Juliet are to blame for the lover's deaths, characters such as Romeo and Juliet themselves, the parents and the Nurse and Friar. But some believe Shakespeare meant it to be another, a character that is not mentioned in the cast list. This character stalks through the play every minute it is being performed, effecting what happens to the characters. This character is Fate. I believe Shakespeare meant for the play to be controlled by fate, as everything from the Capulet's party to the misfortune of Friar John visiting his sick friend is all set at the right place at the right time. I also believe that Shakespeare wrote the play, which is a tragic love story, to serve as a warning for centuries to come of the plight of young lovers from opposite sides of the fence. "For never was a story of more woe, than this of Juliet and her Romeo". ...read more.

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