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Who or what do you think is most to blame for thedeath of the star-crossed lovers?

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Lucy Deeley 10RB Who or what do you think is most to blame for the death of the star-crossed lovers? I don't believe one particular person or circumstance is to blame for the death of the lovers in Romeo and Juliet, but a combination of history, circumstance, fate and personality lead the lovers towards tragedy. In terms of history and circumstance we must remember that in the sixteenth century, marriages were arranged. The play would therefore be considered very wrong in Elizabethan times as the couple are marrying without their parents consent. This is a very important point to be considered because the lovers rebel against custom and history in choosing each other. This is the major cause of their deaths. The family feud in the story means that nearly everything that happens in Verona ends in violence. This means that Romeo and Juliet had no chance of a successful marriage if they told their families about their love for one another. They are going against convention and against their families' wishes. ...read more.

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For example he tells Romeo, 'These violent delights have violent ends.' (Act 2 Scene 6). But in a way, the marriage does succeed in uniting the families as they realise what they have done and feel ashamed. The Friar is willing to take the blame, 'Be sacrificed, some hour before his time, Unto the rigour of severest law.' (Act 5 Scene 3). The nurse also takes a parental role in the play. She is much closer and more affectionate with Juliet than her mother ever is. She has pet names for Juliet such as 'lamb' and 'pretty fool.' When the nurse discovers Juliet's death, she seems to be more genuinely upset than any of the other characters. When Juliet asks the nurse to help Juliet marry Romeo, she has no choice but to help, as she is Juliet's servant. The death of the lovers is partly her fault in this case but, she had no other choice but to help Juliet so she cannot take the full blame for their deaths. ...read more.

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he says he wants to be free from his unlucky stars, 'and shake the yoke of inauspicious stars.' At the start of the play, the prologue says that the lovers are doomed to die. It implies that the stars control Romeo and Juliet's lives, and the stars are against them. There are constant mood changes throughout the play. As the play begins, the characters are happy but they become increasingly upset and the play becomes darker. Shakespeare does this because he knows that it's easier for the audience to care about the characters when they've seen them happy first. The play becomes more depressing as it continues. By the mood and attitude of the characters, Shakespeare makes you feel differently about each one. He makes Romeo and Juliet's love for one another seem very special, as he wants the audience to believe in the couple and wish them well. The irony in the play is that the couple's love for one another in the end is a success because the families see the worthlessness of their feud and this wouldn't have happened if the couple hadn't have died. It is therefore hate not love which killed the lovers. ...read more.

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