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WHO OR WHAT IS MOST TO BLAME FOR THE TRADGEDY OF "ROMEO AND JULIET"?

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Introduction

WHO OR WHAT IS MOST TO BLAME FOR THE TRADGEDY OF "ROMEO AND JULIET"? "Romeo and Juliet is a play about two lovers. This play is tragic; it ends in the deaths of both, Romeo and Juliet. The main reason for their deaths was that both sides of each other's family disagreed and did not care for the lives of either Romeo or Juliet whatever relation they were to them. For a long time in the story Romeo and Juliet kept other peoples thoughts out of their relationship, but they could not keep their family's feelings out of their lives forever, and they soon caught up with them; but who or what was most to blame? Lord and Lady Capulet are the parents of Juliet. Lord and Lady Capulet are one of the main characters in the play, and certainly played a large role in the tragedy. They were partly responsible for keeping the feud between the two households going, and with being leader of the household they had the chance of stopping the hatred. If Lady Capulet had told her husband that Juliet loved Romeo the whole thing would be out in the open and maybe all of the confusion would not have followed, not only this she agreed that marrying Paris would also be the best option. ...read more.

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Overall Friar Lawrence is nearly as responsible of causing the deaths as Romeo and Juliet as Lord and Lady Capulet. Romeo is in his late teens and is a member of the Montague family, who are enemies to the Capulets'. He has been acting too hastily throughout the story. An example of this is when Romeo asks Juliet to marry him only hours after they met. This was a very foolish thing to do, although if he did not propose, then Juliet would have married Paris. "O blessed, blessed night! I am afeared, being in night, all this is but a dream, too flattering sweet to be substantial" (Act 2 Scene 2) It is very obvious that Romeo loves Juliet, and one way to refer how much he loves her to her face is to compare her with light. "What light through yonder window breaks", "Juliet is the sun", "The brightness of her cheek would shame those stars" and "O speak again bright angel" (Act 2 Scene 2). These are only a few of his references. In this scene there is yet another way to tell that Romeo is in love with Juliet. He takes many risks of being caught by the Nurse at Juliet's balcony, if he was caught he would have been killed, and of course Juliet was concerned about it. ...read more.

Conclusion

Tybalt was the nephew of Lord Capulet. He was the troublemaker and one of the reasons why the family feud carried on. He saw any Montague as a threat. All of this is shown in this quote, "What, drawn and talk of peace! I hate the word, as I hate hell, all the Montagues and thee" (Act 1 Scene 1) As the play progresses his hate for Romeo increases, from the ball, to the 'Final Showdown. This is where Tybalt starts a fight and kills Mercutio. Followed by Tybalt's death, he brought it on to himself. Tybalt can be described as the 'Dark horse' of the Capulet family. This goes to show that the people mentioned above played the main roles when it came to Romeo and Juliet's deaths. But Lord and Lady Capulet and Friar Lawrence really did have most to blame in this ordeal. All the other characters such as the Nurse, Lord and Lady Montague, the Prince and Mercutio either had minimalist or no blame towards the lovers deaths. Fate had absolutely nothing to do with the deaths. It is stupid to think that such things could happen in the order that they did by bad luck. The essay sums up that Romeo and Juliet had little to do with their own deaths, they died more because of the influence from the people around them, mainly the Capulets' and Friar Lawrence. ?? ?? ?? ?? Graham Conner 10c ...read more.

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