• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Who or what is to blame for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet and why did Shakespeare set two innocent against a backdrop of violence?

Extracts from this document...


Who or what is to blame for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet and why did Shakespeare set two innocent against a backdrop of violence? Romeo and Juliet is about two innocent "star-crossed lovers" meeting at a ball. They both get married the next day without their parents' knowledge and Romeo, after the marriage is involved in a fight, where he kills Juliet's cousin, Tybalt. The Prince banishes Romeo from Verona and at the end of the play, both Romeo and Juliet commit suicide due to their family feud. In this essay, I shall be discussing at whom or what is to blame for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet and why did Shakespeare set these two innocents amidst such turmoil and hatred. In order to do this I will also be considering these two issues; which characters in the play might be responsible for this and how fate has a part in this. The parents of Juliet have a tremendous effect on their lives. They began by arranging a marriage for their na�ve and innocent daughter. Lord Capulet's reaction to Juliet's refusal to wed Paris was ferocious "Hang thee, young baggage, disobedient wretch!" ...read more.


At the end of act three scene five, Romeo enjoys one final exchange with Juliet sharing an aubade in much the same way as he had shared a sonnet at the beginning of their love. In relation to Juliet, she is young, not quite fourteen years of age. Can she therefore be ready for marriage? Does she merely marry Romeo because of his flattery and romantic indinations and so that she does not have to marry Paris? She should not have deceived and disobeyed her parents. Like Romeo, she was too hasty in rushing into marriage. She was already engaged to marry Paris at the time of the ball, and until then, had been very happy with her parent's choice. We should question ourselves that is this love or lust at first sight? In the ball, Romeo sees Juliet in the dance like a "snowy dove trooping with crops". There is some irony that this should be his reaction since he denied to Benvolio that he could not forget Rosaline in such a way. When they meet, they open their speech in sonnets. Also, he wears a mask to hide his face. Since Juliet could not see his face, it allowed her to fall in love with Romeo before she saw who it was. ...read more.


One factor which made his Shakespeare's play a success was that one moment the play, Romeo and Juliet is full with happiness and then turns around to become all hate and war. Also, another factor is Shakespeare's use of symbolism and imagery. The imagery refers to sources such as bright light, lightning itself, gunpowder and explosions, which affects the audience's imaginative responses. In conclusion, I believe from the evidence given that the person to be blamed most for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet is Friar Lawrence. Firstly, he should not have interfered in the feuding between the Capulets and Montagues. One could argue that Juliet's intention of marring Romeo so quickly was because of the fact that she was soon to be to wed Paris and might have stopped it. Also he should have asked the consent of their parents to approve this wedding. The Nurse, the Capulets, Romeo and Juliet were also partly to be blamed. If their parent's had not been feuding and if the Nurse had not betrayed Juliet, the outcome of this story may have been different, although fate could not be changed. The suicide in the case of Romeo and Juliet was overall fate. "For never was there a story of more woe. Than this of Juliet and her Romeo." By Hamza Anwar ?? ?? ?? ?? Hamza Anwar Page 1 ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Romeo and Juliet section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Romeo and Juliet essays

  1. Shakespeare's play: 'Romeo and Juliet' is more about violence than love

    Romeo is still unhappy and for this Mercutio says, "If love be rough with you, be rough with love" which personifies love making it seem like a bully. Mercutio soon asks Romeo whether he wants to dance however Romeo replies, "Not I, believe me, you have dancing shoes with nimble

  2. Who is to Blame for the Deaths of Romeo and Juliet?

    sees Juliet at the Capulet's party he forget all about Rosaline and starts to fall in love with Juliet. Although it seems the same as his love for Rosaline, but as we find out Juliet starts to fall in love with Romeo as he does with her.

  1. Who is the most to blame for the tragic deaths of Romeo and Juliet?

    The plan goes as anticipated with the potion working perfectly, making Juliet appear to be dead. She is buried in the Capulet monument, as the Friar said along with the rest of her deceased kin. The Friar sends a letter to Romeo in Mantua, as he said he would, but

  2. Writing about the story of Romeo and Juliet, in a prologue then the relationship ...

    However, she shows love continuously. Although the Nurse is Juliet's servant, the attitude of that is hidden. The relationship between the pair is so close that the idea of the Nurse being Juliet's servant is hidden. (Act 1, scene 3) is where we first hear of the Nurse.

  1. Romeo and Juliet are to Blame for own Deaths

    As you can see right at the beginning of the book there is already several people to blame for the death of Romeo and Juliet. Romeo asks Friar Lawrence to marry them and he agrees, in hope that it will end the ongoing argument.

  2. In 'Romeo and Juliet' there is anger, grief, hatred, love, fear, despair, passion and ...

    all ready to start a fight and goes to Capulet to get his approval. However, Capulet stops Tybalt from starting any violence, and says to leave him alone because 'I would not for the wealth of all this town here in my house do him disparagement', meaning he didn't want


    But cleverly Shakespeare makes Benvolio intervene to try to stop it, by beating down their swords, 'part fools you know not what you do'. This really engages the audience, as they want to see when the violence takes place, if there is any.

  2. Who was most to blame for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet?

    Friar Lawrence also had a profound impact on the plot and his behaviour ultimately led to the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. As a priest he held a position of trust, as he knew everyone's problems. His actions, therefore, were inappropriate and irresponsible.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work