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Who or what is responsible for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet

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Who or what is responsible for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet "Romeo and Juliet" is a love story between to people that ends out as a tragedy. It is written by William Shakespeare. The causes of the deaths of Romeo and Juliet could have been caused by a number of different people. The nurse - she helped arrange the marriage and put the ladder leading up to Juliet's bedroom for Romeo. She infers and speeds the romance up. The friar - he gave the potion to Juliet. Also could have been the family feud or even their own fault. Ultimately it is more than likely to have been a combination of a number of peoples fault caused by their actions and ways of getting involved, but Romeo and Juliet have paid the maximum consequences caused by others because everyone had a part to play from the play. We have evidence that it could have been almost any one of the characters fault. The deaths of Romeo and Juliet could have been caused by the family feud because they cannot be honest to their parents; they have to keep their love a secret. They cannot tell there parents their true feelings because of the feud between the two families. ...read more.

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This shows us that he does not want to fight him because he has to love him as he is related to him. The friar also had a part to play in the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. He thinks of a complicated plan that has a lot of opportunity for mistakes. The friar says, "Take thou this vial, being then in bed, and this distilled liquor drink thou off! When presently though all thy veins shall run a cold drowsy humour, for no pulse shall keep his native progress, but surcease". This shows that the friar is telling Juliet what the consequences of taking the potion are. This could lead to their deaths because he supplies Juliet with the potion. If he had never supplied her with the potion, Romeo would not have thought she was dead and in conclusion killed himself because he feels he is unable to live without her. Despite thinking that Romeo should be more cautious he secretly marries them. Perhaps if he had not agreed to marry them they would have not got over their love for one another in a similar way to Romeo and Rosaline. Friar says, "come, come with me, and we will make short work: for, by your leaves, you shall not stay above till holy church incorporate two in one". ...read more.

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They keep seeing each other even though they know it is forbidden and marry in secret. Juliet says, "The orchard walls are high and hard to climb, and the place death, considering who than art". This shows that they are scared of their families and have to marry in secret so they don't find out. This leads to their deaths because it is speeding up the romance and eventually to their deaths. In conclusion, it is clear that many people are partly responsible for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet, although many people contribute more than others to their deaths. I personally think that one person is more responsible than the others and that is the nurse. I have been lead to believe this because she was the one who sped up the romance between the two by arranging the marriage and then getting a ladder for Romeo to climb up to get to Juliet in her bedroom. This is more than the friar who only gave Juliet a potion, not one that can kill a sleeping potion. We must not forget the role that many of the characters believe fate played in their deaths. At several points in the play characters draw the audiences' attention to bad luck. For example, Romeo says, "o, I am fortunes fool". This means that he is fortunes fool, meaning he is unlucky and has bad luck when he kills Tybalt. By James Iswariah ...read more.

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