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Who Killed Romeo?

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Who Killed Romeo? Kenny Lee 10S 'Romeo and Juliet' is the perfect example of the term 'love and loss'. It is a tragic tale where two young lovers are restricted from each other because of tensions between their families. Misfortune, chance and their love for each other, triggers events, which soon lead to their deaths. It is clear that the two lovers had killed themselves but we cannot say that it was entirely their faults. There are many factors, which play a big part in the events leading up to this tragic ending. If we were to trace the events of the book all the way back, we would notice that one of the most obvious reasons for their deaths is the family feud between the Montagues and the Capulets. A very good example of a scene which shows this is where Tybalt and the other Capulets challenge the Montagues and Mercutio to a fight, simply because they didn't like the idea of Romeo, a Montague showing up at a Capulet's ball. Mercutio is killed in this scene, and Romeo enraged, avenges his friend by seeking and killing Tybalt. ...read more.


The story itself has made such a suggestion in the prologue, which describes Romeo and Juliet as 'star- crossed lovers'. Fate and destiny has always been connected with the reading of stars and astrology. Perhaps it was the lovers' fate to die and to mend the centuries old feud between the Montagues and Capulets. As we progress through the story, we can see that some of the blame concerning Romeo and Juliet's deaths can be rested upon the other characters in the story. An example is Capulet who forces Juliet into marrying Paris. Juliet is enraged with the arrangement by her father and goes into a desperate frenzy. Juliet, lost and quite scared, follows the friar's plan without much considering of the possible consequences. Indirectly, Juliet's father can be blamed for the death of the lovers. Friar Lawrence also had quite a significant part in the whole fixation. He clearly plays a big part in the causes of Romeo's and Juliet's deaths. Although his motives were for good, as proven in this quote, "To turn your household's rancor into pure love," he still takes many unnecessary risks for in the process. ...read more.


He does not think of the possible consequences but instead tries to dismiss them and only realizes them at the last minute. He says this after he kills Tybalt, "O, I am fortune's fool". He realizes what he has done is also fatal for himself and regrets the killing. Juliet acts a lot like a child throughout the story. This can be seen in the scene where she suddenly hates the nurse simply because she did not agree with her on not marrying Paris. She also cries in order to convince the Friar on helping her. This child- like behavior proves that she is irresponsible and that she does not care of the possible consequences but only on what is happening at that present time. She does not think twice and quickly demands the potion from the friar when offered to her, "Give me, give me; tell me not of fear." As already explained, many factors play a part in the events leading up to the main climax where the lovers die. It might not be entirely the fault of the lovers, but a lot of the blame should still lie on their shoulders. We cannot dismiss the fact that the one true killers are still the lovers themselves. ...read more.

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