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

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"Romeo and Juliet" GCSE Coursework "WHO OR WHAT WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE TRAGIC DEATHS OF ROMEO AND JULIET?" 'Romeo and Juliet', a tragedy written by William Shakespeare in the 16th Century all about two strong hearted teenagers in the city of Verona in Italy who fall in love with each other as 'star crossed lovers'. The two young teenagers of feuding families were destined to fall in love, however many problems occur to the extent of suicide, that affect their relationship, one of the main factors is the feud between their two families. Juliet is a Capulet and Romeo is a Montague. The play gives an image of the desperate love between Romeo and Juliet and the violence between the two families. The first scene in the play gives a glimpse of the feud between the two families when two Montague's are approached by Tybalt, and other Caplets, and a quarrel begins. The play eventually results in suicide for the two young lovers and shows how love can eventually end in a tragic mess. I believe that Romeo and Juliet's death was needless because it was not themselves to blame for, but the selfishness of their families and other people around them. The hatred, quarrelling and feud between the two families made their life unhappy because they could not lead a happy life, relationship or even be seen in public together. ...read more.

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The only person Juliet can speak to is the Nurse, who Juliet feels she can trust, but the Nurse also has a good relationship with Lady Capulet. Romeo's family is very different to this and his parents are loving towards him. Romeo has a good relationship with Friar Lawrence, a priest. He is like a father figure to Romeo. Friar Lawrence understands about Romeo and Juliet's relationship and how Juliet is under the influence of her parents. Friar Lawrence comes up with a plan for Romeo and Juliet where Juliet shall take a potion on her wedding day, and appear dead. Her body will then be taken into a trunk underground. Romeo will then receive a letter from Friar Lawrence and go and meet Juliet where she is sleeping. However it is only Juliet that knows about this: and Romeo does not receive the letter. Friar Lawrence wants Romeo, Juliet and the two families to be happy. He is well intentioned, but does no think about his actions. Before he gives Juliet the potion, he talks to Romeo and Juliet about marriage without consent of their parents. He persuades Romeo and Juliet to get married. The Friar is a man of peace, and does not do this to cause more problems, but to bring the two families together. Juliet tries to talk to the nurse about her misfortune, but at the last minute when Juliet needs the nurse most, she lets her down and offers no advice. ...read more.

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It was very difficult for the young teenagers to cope with their love as neither of them could discuss the situation with their parents as they would have been angry, and probably stopped them from seeing each other. Lady Capulet is an uncaring person, but feels that she is being too caring for Juliet. She does not like Romeo, and wants him to be executed because he killed one of her close relations, Tybalt. She is very insensitive and has a strong willed personality, although towards the end of the play her character changes and she acts as a sensitive caring person towards Juliet. Romeo meets Juliet at the Capulet Party. They fall in love within minutes. Their relationship was made very hard by people around them who made their life difficult. Neither Romeo nor Juliet had anyone they could rely on. The nurse who was supposedly loyal to Juliet let her down, and turned against Romeo due to the death of Tybalt. Friar Lawrence tried his best for Romeo and Juliet and was sympathetic towards them, but his plan didn't work. Their relationship started very rapidly, and neither Romeo nor Juliet had planned what they were doing. I feel that from a mixture of immaturity, hast, passionate love, feud between their two families and number of other untrustworthy people in their way, Romeo and Juliet's relationship would have never worked. However, I do feel that Romeo and Juliet had something incredibly strong between them, that it actually caused suicide. ...read more.

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