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'' Who or what in your opinion, was to blame for the traggic deaths of Romeo and Juliet?''

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Shona White '' Who or what in your opinion, was to blame 15/11/03 Mrs Jewitt for the traggic deaths of Romeo and Juliet?'' Romeo and Juliet, two young and helpless star-crossed lovers that deal with war, rivalry, death and tragedy throughout the play. Whom is to blame for the traggic death of both? Their raging parents that are never settled? Friar Lawrence that married them both? The old nurse that cares for Juliet? Or is it all just bad luck and a coincidence? Shakespeares' intention of the play suggests that everything is all down to Fate and the stars. Right at the start of the play, the Prologue says that Romeo and Juliet are doomed to die. ''From forth the fatal loins of these two foes A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life;'' Prologue 5 and 6 This suggests that the Prologue is saying the stars control Romeo and Juliet's lives, and the stars are against them. This is similar to astrology - believing you can read what will happen in the pattern of the stars. Romeo seems overly obsessed with the idea that the stars control everything. ...read more.

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'' These violent delights have violent ends... ...Therefore love moderately, long love doth so; Too swift arrives as tardy as too slow. Act 2, Scene 6, 9...14-15 In a way even the feud is based on love.After the fight in Act 1, Romeo says: ''Here's much to do with hate, but more with love. Act 1, Scene 1, 167 The love and loyalty the Montagues and Capulets feel for their families causes violence. Lord and Lady Capulet genuinely believe marrying Paris will be good for Juliet. They do love her in their own way, but they don't bother to find out what she really thinks. Paris and Lord Capulet treat love as a kibd of deal - they don't go into the emotions at all. Lord and Lady Montague are really worried about Romeo in Act 1, Scene 1, but they rely on Benvolio to sort it out. They love Romeo but they keep their distance. The most heartfelt relationship apart from Romeo and Juliet's is the friendship between Romeo, Benvolio and Mercutio. Friar Lawrence and the Nurse are the only people who know Romeo and Juliet's secrets. ...read more.

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Act 2, Scene 5, 74 The Nurse probably thinks Juliet would be better off with Paris. When she's under pressure from her parents, the Nurse advises Juliet to do as they say: '' I think you are happy in this second match, For it excels your first'' Act 3, Scene 5, 222-223 Juliet thinks the Nurse is being a hypocrite, but she's trying to be practical and sensible. Once the Nurse starts talking it is really hard to stop her. She repeats herself over and over again: ''O day, O day, O day, O hateful day! Never was seen so black a day as this. O woeful day, O woeful day!'' Act 4, Scene 5, 52-4 When Romeo and Juliet fall in love, they're taking a big risk. It goes against the whole feud. Juliet warns Romeo against her own family: ''If they do see thee, they will murder thee.'' Act 2, Scene 2, 70 It's incredibly dangerous for them to be together - they have to get married in secret. But there's hope that their love will somehow be stronger than the feud. He helps because he hopes the wedding will end the feud: ''In one respect I'll thy assistant be. For this alliance may so happy prove, To turn your households' rancour to pure love. Act 2, Scene 3, 90-92 ...read more.

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