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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 The final tragedy in the play 'Romeo and Juliet' is the death of Romeo and Juliet. It's a result of the feud of the two houses: Capulets and Montagues, but amongst other likely causes are the personalities of Romeo and Juliet. Romeo is 'hot-headed' and Juliet lacks experience in life because of her young age. Other characters who play a significant part in driving them to their deaths are: Tybalt, Mercutio, Friar Lawrence, The Nurse, Old Capulet, Romeo himself and Juliet herself. Also, the political circumstances in Verona have a part to play because the Prince doesn't do anything to stop the feud of the two families. A 'weak' Prince adds tension because he is partly related to Mercutio. Fate or God might have something to do with bringing Romeo to the tomb because the letter that Friar Lawrence sent out never arrived in time for Romeo to see it. Balthasar received the news of the death of Juliet and was ordered to go and find Romeo in Mantua to tell him the dreadful news. Also, 'freak' accidents make the deaths more likely because of Juliet waking up straight after when Romeo dies. Love itself may have been the 'vital' key to all this because in the end the two will be drawn together in a sad, yet rather emotional ending to Shakespeare's play. We can see that 'Romeo and Juliet' reflected some of the important events in Shakespeare's own time because it was the age of Elizabeth I and James I, an age of a religious and political faction and of growing nationalism. ...read more.

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The Nurse's over protection of Juliet, her personality of 'pretending' Juliet as her daughter clearly is responsible for the death of the lovers. The Nurse's quick decisions draw Romeo and Juliet together hoping that their marriage would hopefully stop the feud between Capulet's and Montague's. However, all this backfires when the Nurse finds out that Tybalt is dead and Romeo is banished. The Nurse then tells Juliet 'Tybalt is gone and Romeo banished, Romeo that killed him, he is banished'. After telling Juliet the news the Nurse gets worried about what will happen to her in the future. Old Capulet's laid-back attitude, his personality to seek control over Juliet's marriage is clearly responsible for the death of the lovers. Old Capulet's decision came so quick that Juliet said 'No' towards the marriage. However, Old Capulet threatened Juliet and said 'To go with Paris to St Peter's Church, or I will drag thee on a hurdle thither'. He also threatens to disown her which is one of the main causes as to why Juliet decides to take the poison to fake a death so she could be with Romeo. Romeo's 'hot-headed' personality and his loving nature towards Juliet is clear responsible for the death of the lovers. Romeo kills Tybalt and immediately says 'O, I am fortune's fool' and then runs away to hide. Later on, he is found guilty of slaying Tybalt resulting in his banishment from Verona. Romeo's love towards Juliet draws him back to the tomb containing Juliet. ...read more.

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In the end, love, can be a vital key to leading Romeo back to the tomb because he is willing to die for love. Conflict of generations, a 'battle' that has gone on for a very long time can be seen as a cause for the death of the lovers in a double suicide. The conflict has put a barrier against the two lovers. Also, the conflicts make the families hate each other so every time each house meets then it ends up in a fight! The younger generations (Romeo and Juliet) want to make peace between the two houses and hope their marriage would stop the feud between them. I would conclude that the lover's deaths are caused by 'love' and they died because they love each other and willing to give up including their own lives. Also, if they truly love each other, they will be inseparable. Love can be a very mysterious character because you won't know where it lies and when you feel it. The power of 'love' has guided Romeo to go back to the tomb to die with Juliet. The love at first sight can be seen as the most common way of falling in love with somebody because you are simply attracted to them when your eyes lock-on to each other and this happens in the play when Romeo sets eyes on Juliet during the Capulet feast. From then on, all the events that happen after that go downhill for Romeo and Juliet which mean they cannot be together so they decide to die instead, which is a brave, yet sad and emotional ending to the play. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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