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Who or What is Responsible for the Tragedy of "Romeo and Juliet?"

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Who or What is Responsible for the Tragedy of "Romeo and Juliet?" In many Shakespearean tragedies, the "Victim" or "Victims" fall because of a weakness they have. Macbeth falls from his own greed and pride, and hamlet falls through his own indecision. However, there are many arguments, which state that Romeo and Juliet are not entirely responsible for their own death. In past years people have argued over what caused the death of Romeo and Juliet, however there are many potential causes, which may result in the deaths of several characters. This essay will outline the arguments for their deaths, looking at many points of views. One of the major arguments on the death of Romeo and Juliet is fate. The idea that fate determines our lives is repeated through the play. At the start, Romeo is down and upset because Rosaline does not love him. Mercutio then takes him to the Capulet's ball to cheer him up, which is where he meets Juliet. This could be seen to be his fate, as this is where the tragedy starts. Romeo and Juliet are described as "star crossed lovers" which says their fate was written in the stars and they could not stop their death. ...read more.

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This is another important point to developing the tragedy. It could be argued that the feud between the two families was the fault of the tragedy. We first hear about the feud in the prologue, "from ancient grudge, break to new mutiny". This shows the unsettled arguments have restarted. It also says Romeo and Juliet die as a result of their families "grudge", "Doth with their death bury their parents strife". At the Capulet's ball, Tybalt notices Romeo is there and immediately wants to make trouble and wants to confront him, but lord Capulet stops him. All through the play, there are arguments and quarrels, which bring tension and add danger to Romeo and Juliet's life. The feud is one of the main reasons for the tragedy and if the families hadn't been arguing, the deaths could have been avoided. Romeo is a young teenager, a member of the Montague household, who unfortunately falls in love with Juliet, a Capulet whose family are bitter enemies of the Montague's. He blames Fate or misfortune for nearly everything that goes wrong; after he kills Tybalt, he then realizes the seriousness of his action but prefers to blame the stars rather than himself. ...read more.

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Both the lovers each play a role in their own deaths by wanting to be together and from being loyal to each other, however they are not the only reason they die. Prince Escalius is the head of Verona. He makes sure there is no trouble and keeps the peace. "If you ever disturb our streets again your lives shall pay the forfeit of the piece". He isn't happy with either families and is angry that they always fight for no reason. He says he wants the fighting to stop, but he also says who ever fights again will die, so he is contributing to the unsettlement and aggression between the families. He is unable to stop the feud and it is out of his hands, so it isn't him that brings peace and prosperity with both families, it is the death of Romeo and Juliet. The tragedy of Romeo and Juliet could be considered to be the fault of all the points stated, but one important point in particular is the feud between the families. If there was no unsettlement, Romeo and Juliet would not have to hide their love for each other, and lots of people wouldn't have died. When the feud "broke through to new mutiny," it was only a matter of time before the tragedy occurred. ...read more.

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