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Who or what is to blame for the death of Romeo and Juliet There are many alternating reasons as to what could be blamed for the death of the

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Who or what is to blame for the death of Romeo and Juliet There are many alternating reasons as to what could be blamed for the death of the two "star-crossed lovers", Romeo and Juliet, whether it be the long running family feud between the Montague and Capulet families, the risk of adolescent love, or simply the hast and secrecy in which the romance developed, through Shakespeare's captivating tale of two predestined teens held in a captive love we are taken to the extremes of every emotion. In this essay I plan to look at the reasons why the adversity happened and if anything could have stopped it from happening. A popular theory into the reasoning of Romeo and Juliet's death is that it is due to the older generation, through many threads and stages; the adults of the age seem to contribute towards the tragedy in a somewhat major fashion. Firstly if we look at Juliet's family, the Capulets, we can see a strong pressure placed upon Juliet to do the family's will. Her father, to begin with, places a strong weight upon Juliet to marry a good man. He believes Paris is the perfect match for Juliet to unite with and so will not hear of Juliet's disagreement in the matter. Capulet is unaware of Juliet's admiration for Romeo and completely blinded to their surreptitious love. He cannot understand why Juliet does not want to marry Paris, a wealthy, charming, attractive young man, perfect for a girl of her standard and class. He becomes extremely exasperated at the fact of her censure in Paris' hand and so upsets Juliet dearly by shouting and telling her "Hang thee, young baggage, disobedient wretch!" ...read more.


The language used here also highlights the language she uses when she is upset earlier in the play, Shakespeare uses the similar language to help express Juliet's personality and need for sympathy, a common characteristic found in younger adults and children. The nurse is entrusted with all Juliet's sorrow, it is a plan that the nurse should have considered the side effects of simply letting Juliet do as she will and should have tried to take a lesser part in the bond of Romeo and Juliet. If she had left them, they may have found their hearts were not connected and the two were just not meant to be, all would be too difficult to handle. The older Generation, from this evidence, seem to have influenced a part of Romeo and Juliet's tragic demise but could the influence placed by their elders on themselves really have caused two young adolescents to take their lives? One other reason as to the passing away of the couple is the influence of the younger Generation, the age of Romeo, Mercutio and Tybalt. The angry generation are too quick to make decisions and give away their heart. Tybalt is an obvious influence on the heartbreaking affair tangled in the book. He is an old fashioned member of the Capulet family and despises the Montagues in what seems every way imaginable, just one breath by them seems to drive his nerves in to a pitiful strain. When he realises a member of the Montague family is at his family party at the beginning of the tale, he comments, "Fetch me my rapier, boy. What dares the slave come hither, cover'd with an antic face, to fleer and scorn at our solemnity?" ...read more.


There also seem to be premonitions between Romeo and Juliet as to their fate. Juliet often is heard saying of how she feels like the events will all end badly and how she can feel something in the air that is changing and all will not go according to plan. Although the whole play contains reasons of fate and destiny perhaps one of the most frustrating elements found in the book is when Romeo, upon seeing Juliet "dead", takes his life using a deadly poison. Just a couple of minutes later, or a second later in Baz Lermen's 1997 interpretation of the play, Juliet awakes to see Romeo dead. If Romeo had entered the tomb of Juliet just a couple of minutes later, the two may have pulled through and survived the incident. But, it seems, fate was not on the young couple's side when they came to the end of their love and so lives were taken, blood was spilled and tears were wept for the gentle tale of Romeo and Juliet's love. In conclusion I feel there is not a particular being or group of beings in particular that brought the tragic events told in this tale to happen. I believe that each particular point and group played a part in the situation and lead step by step to the final reckoning. It seems the deaths were just meant to be and no one could stop it. Romeo and Juliet's love was just too strong to make it work, their passion of just meeting one another and not wanting to lose each other eventually cost them their lives. If the characters had not been so blinded by hate and by love and if they had thought about the situation held before them and taken more consideration to their actions then the tragedy may not have happened. ?? ?? ?? ?? Melissa Rynn 10c Coursework essay 1 ...read more.

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