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Who or what do you think was responsible for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet?

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Who or what do you think was responsible for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet? When reading through the play, responsibility for the deaths of the two lovers can be pointed at many of the characters, however it can nearly always be traced back to the problem with the "ancient grudge". This "ancient grudge" is the cause for the family's friction; it is an old argument, which happened years ago but has never been let down or forgotten. Most of the factors (about the deaths) can be said as "if this hadn't happened this wouldn't have happened." I personally find responsible the "ancient grudge" and then all the characters branch of it one way or another. Those characters that play a part for the death of Romeo and Juliet either think too quickly and not think of the consequences or act before even considering thinking about it. Because of an "ancient grudge" two big families, the Montagues and the Capulets, are constantly at war with one another. Juliet belongs to the Capulet family and Romeo belongs to the Montague family. Whenever they meet on the street they cause a disturbance and try to be better than each other. They start off verbally but always seem to end up being violent. "From ancient grudge break through to new mutiny." ...read more.

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Mainly the Capulets wind up the Montagues, which starts off all the commotion. On the Montague side Benvolio tries to be a peace maker as he wishes not to fight with Tybalt in Act One scene one, "I do but keep the peace." And Romeo is definitely not keen on brawls. I would blame the Capulets more so than the Montagues for the deaths of the two lovers because they are the ones who seem to instigate and provoke most of quarrels and fights. Tybalt is a lover of war and so he will have a fight with anyone for such a petty reason. He even challenged Romeo to a duel just because he attended the Capulet's party. Mercutio stood up for Romeo, as he didn't want to fight, Mercutio ends up dead due to Tybalt and than Tybalt ends up dead due to Romeo. This resulted in Romeo's banishment, which than later leads to Romeo and Juliet's death. If Tybalt weren't so revengeful than the deaths wouldn't have happened. However if there weren't an ancient grudge there wouldn't be any need for any of the fights, which occur. Then again Romeo shouldn't have attended the Capulet's party and Mercutio shouldn't have persisted that Romeo be present at the party than at least Romeo wouldn't have met Juliet and fallen in love with her and neither of them would have died through this situation. ...read more.

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She would have done that anyway once she woke up from her sleep. I understand that you can't stop to lovers from being together but they could have helped themselves during the situation by, both of them running away earlier on in the play. But then again if they did that it wouldn't be a romantic tragedy. I could partially blame fate for Rosaline not loving Romeo back than that way Romeo wouldn't have felt so depressed at the beginning of the play and Mercutio wouldn't have had to cheer him up by persuading him to go to the feast and he wouldn't have meet Juliet. The main factor of their death is the ancient grudge and the parents, the rest of the factors branch of these two causes. The parents are to be blamed because they are acting so irresponsible about the ancient grudge. It is history they should just let it go or discuss the differences and compromise over it, and then there would be no quarrels and brawls. If there wasn't any friction (or fights) between the families then there won't be any reason for Romeo and Juliet to hide their love for one another. And it wouldn't have ended in death. Everything mentioned as the responsibility of their deaths can easily be traced back to the ancient grudge. If there were no ancient grudge there would be no fights, no potions and poisons needed but than again no ancient grudge, no storyline! Christelle de Carteret 4th November 01 English - Coursework. ...read more.

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