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Who or what is to blame for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet? "Romeo and Juliet" is a tragic love story set in Verona, Italy in the late 1500s. It is a moving tale of two young people, Romeo and Juliet, who fall in love. The displeasure and anger of their feuding families, the Montagues and the Capulets, who are long time enemies, however, complicate their love. The feud between the households, underlines the entire tragedy, and in my opinion it is one of the most responsible reasons for Romeo and Juliet's deaths. The play starts with a Prologue, which is an opening to the play. It was normal for plays written in this time to start with one. It gave the audience a brief summary of what was going to happen in the play. In the Prologue, we learn that the only way the "strife" could be ended is by the deaths of Romeo and Juliet, "Doth with their death bury their parents' strife". There are many critic's comments on Shakespeare's tragedy, here August Schlegel gives his opinion of the play, "Romeo and Juliet is a picture of love it's pitiable fate, in a world whose atmosphere is too sharp for this the tenderest blossom of human life". Also William Hazlitt gives his feelings of the play, "This play presents a beautiful coup-d'oeil of the progress of human life. In thought it occupies years and embraces the circle of the affections from childhood to old age". In my conclusion, I have stated that Romeo and Juliet may have shared some part in their deaths, as well ad their families. The Capulets and Montagues are rival families. ...read more.

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Although this maybe the case, he plays a part in Romeo and Juliet's deaths because he persuades Romeo to attend the ball and "examine other beauties". This results in him getting over Rosaline by meeting with Juliet. From the beginning of the play the relationship between the Nurse and Juliet is clear. Although the nurse was originally Juliet's "wetnurse", she is now her servant and appears to be more like a mother figure. This is shown by the way that the nurse interacts with Juliet, "What lamb? What ladybird?" The language they use to communicate is much less formal then that of Lady Capulet. When Juliet speaks to her mother, she speaks very formally, calling her "madam", which is typical of the time. She plays a critical part in the secretive romance between Romeo and Juliet. Occasionally, she would act, as a go between as it was difficult for the lovers to meet. This is apparent when she informs Juliet of Tybalt's death and Romeo's banishment, "Tybalt is gone and Romeo banished, Romeo that killed him, he is banished". Her love for Juliet often clouds her judgement and she does what she shouldn't. For example when she notifies her that the Friar agrees to marry the young couple, "There stays a husband to make you a wife"; this clearly shows that her loyalty lies with Juliet more than with the Capulet household. The nurse knows that by allowing Juliet to see and marry Romeo, she is being disloyal to the Capulets. This is why I believe that when Romeo is banished, she encourages Juliet to marry Paris, "I think it better that you marry with the county". ...read more.

Conclusion

Romeo eventually agrees but he still feels uneasy, "some consequence yet hanging in the stars". If Romeo had trusted his instincts and refused to go, the deaths of the two lovers could have been averted. By including this line, Shakespeare suggests to the audience that Romeo and Juliet's forewarning destiny was, in fact, fated. In my opinion Romeo and Juliet are as equally to blame as their parents are. Romeo acted to hastily throughout the play. He shouldn't have asked Juliet to marry him so suddenly, and he should have thought more carefully before rushing back to Verona after hearing of Juliet's death. He also acted violently and didn't think rationally when he killed Tybalt and, later, Paris. Juliet shouldn't 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 entirely happy with her parents' choice. She should have at least discussed her feelings with Romeo and seen what they thought of the whole situation. Lord and Lady Capulet were partly responsible for keeping the feud going. They had authority over the household, and could have stopped the quarrelling if they wanted to. They should have paid more attention to Juliet's wishes and listened to her opinions. They were too hard on her when she refused to marry Paris. Lord and Lady Montague like the Capulet's were also responsible for keeping the feud going. If they had been more understanding, Romeo would not have felt he had to keep secrets from them. All in all, if Romeo and Juliet had better relationships with their parents', they could have felt they could have gone and spoken to them about how they feel about one another. By Deanne Sandiford 11S 1 1 ...read more.

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