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Who or what do you consider to be most responsible for the tragic outcome of Romeo and Juliet?

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Who or what do you consider to be most responsible for the tragic outcome of Romeo and Juliet? For this essay I am going to consider who or what is most responsible for the tragic outcome of Romeo and Juliet. There are many people who could be held responsible for the death of Romeo and Juliet these include Friar Laurence, the Capulet family, the Montague family, Paris or even Romeo or Juliet themselves. Out of all the characters in the play I consider Friar Laurence or Juliets Nurse to be most responsible for the death of Romeo and Juliet, whereas I also consider fate to be a very important factor of the tragedy. This play is a romantic tragedy. This means that from the beginning you know that the play is going to include romance and tragedy. Shakespeare was influenced by what was going on at the time when he wrote the play. For example the role of men and women in the house. Men overpowered women telling them what to do and what to believe. The family names were based on the families who were partly responsible for the civil strife in Italy. They were called the Montecchi family and the Capelletti family. So when the story of Romeo and Juliet was written and two families who contribute to a tragic outcome are needed this context was used but changed to Montague and Capulet. ...read more.

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I feel that although Juliet was one of the characters who ended with a tragic death she was partly responsible herself. She made many mistakes, which led to her death. The first of these is at the party where she meets Romeo for the first time. They flirt together and kiss Romeo says 'Then move not, while my prayers' effect I take.' This tells her what he is about to do to her, she does not pull away but instead she kisses him back. Another instance where she performs an action, which leads, towards her death is in the orchard. She exchanges promises of love and marriage to Romeo. 'If that thy bent of love be honourable, Thy purpose marriage, send me word tomorrow.' Here she says that if his love to her is good and true then they should marry and tell her the next day when and where. Soon after Juliet marries Romeo in secret. You do not see them get married but when the Friar says 'Come, come with me, and we will make short work, For, by your leaves, you shall not stay alone, Till holy church incorporate two in one.' He is telling them to go with him where he will marry them quickly. ...read more.

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'To Juliets grave, for there I must use thee.' This tells us that he is going to Juliet's grave to use the poison and kill himself. If he had not rushed off the second letter which Friar Laurence sent him would have reached him and he would have known the truth about Juliet. He should have thought more carefully and they might have ended up happy together. I feel that the Capulet family contributes to the tragic ending of the play more than the Montague family because if they had not pressured Juliet in to marrying Paris then she would not have taken the potion that resulted in her death. Juliet says 'I'll to the friar to know his remedy: If all else fail, myself have power to die.' There she says that if the friar has no way of stopping the marriage she would kill herself. Capulet is so anxious to find Juliet a good husband that he does not stop to ask her what she wants. 'O Thursday let it be - o' Thursday tell her, She shall be married to this noble earl.' Capulet decided when and to whom Juliet would be married. When she did not want to marry Paris because she was already married to Romeo he threatened to disown her. They also contributed to keeping the feud going like the Montague family. They were too hard on Juliet when she said that she did not want to marry Paris. ...read more.

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