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Who or what is to blame for the tragedies in the final scene of Romeo and Juliet?

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Romeo & Juliet Who or what is to blame for the tragedies in the final scene of Romeo and Juliet? The deaths of Romeo and Juliet seem to have been avoidable up to a certain extent. The main culprits of their deaths were the people around them, who were fighting due to an old grudge. The two lovers mainly kept out of the fighting, and even though this was done their lives were made miserable. This apart, there were other significant reasons for the deaths of the two lovers, the most important of them was fate. In spite of knowing that the circumstances around them were hostile, they stuck together as they were deeply in love and were prepared for any eventualities, which then became the reasons of their deaths. Not any one personality can be singularly blamed for the deaths of the lovers. Fate was the foremost cause for their deaths followed by Friar Lawrence, Tybalt, the Nurse, and finally Romeo and Juliet themselves. The reason why fate, bad luck and coincidence should be blamed for the deaths of the two lovers is suggested at the beginning of the play in the prologue, where it says 'star-crossed lovers' and 'death-marked love.' There is a party at Capulet's mansion, and the guest list consists of many worthy people. It is Capulet's servant's responsibility to hand out the invites but he is illiterate and therefore asks Romeo to read the guest list. ...read more.

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He still thinks it is a good idea for them to get married, even though he knows what the consequences will be. Despite his good intensions 'To turn your households rancour to pure love.' Friar Lawrence makes another great mistake when Juliet, forced into marriage with Paris, goes to see him for advice. Juliet tells him that she is prepared to commit suicide, and he then gives her a potion. He says to her 'Take thou this vial, being then in bed, And this distilling liquor drink thou off...Like death when he shuts up the day of life' Friar Lawrence knowing all of this gives Juliet the potion to take, knowing the risks. The events thereafter don't go accordingly, although Friar Lawrence may have had good intentions, but those intentions pay the cost of the lives of the two lovers. Friar Lawrence is not the only person to blame. Another person who plays a part in the deaths of the two 'lovers' is none other than Juliet's own cousin Tybalt. Tybalt is a Capulet and is a born enemy of the Montagues. He hates Romeo in particular. In Act 1 Scene 5 at Capulet's party Tybalt sees Romeo and gets very agitated. 'Fetch me my rapier boy.' Tybalt wants to kill Romeo. Capulet stops Tybalt from doing anything, and reprimands him. Tybalt feels as if he has been insulted, and therefore seeks vengeance afterwards. ...read more.

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Juliet also knows that Romeo is a Montague, and therefore is an enemy. Despite knowing this she still carries on flirting with him and devotes herself to him. 'O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo? Deny thy father and refuse thy name; Or if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love, And I'll no longer be a Capulet.' (Act 2 Scene 2) Romeo and Juliet were given many advance warnings and hints that something bad is going to happen. All these warnings were given to them by the weather changing, dreams, thunder, lightening, the stars, and through Mercutio's speech about Queen Mab. Romeo himself has a dream warning him of the coming events, 'I dreamt a dream tonight.' Mercutio then teases Romeo and speaks about Queen Mab. This happens just before Capulet's party in Act 1 Scene 4. All the tragedies that occur in this play can be blamed on a number of factors or people. Fate and Friar Lawrence play a big role in the tragedies that take place. Friar Lawrence should have prepared his plans more carefully, and also thought about the consequences. During the course of the play many of the characters make too many mistakes and should have acknowledged the warnings and hints they had in dreams, etc. In this tragedy, Shakespeare tries to show is how human love is at the mercy of forces - like fate and human error - which are beyond our control. By Kishan Kotecha ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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