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Who or what is to blame for the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet?

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Guy Mitchell 16 March 2003 Who or what is to blame for the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet? Romeo and Juliet is possibly the most famous play in the world. It was written and set in the 16th century. It was a time when practically all marriages amongst the rich were arranged. Shakespeare's play would have been very controversial. Juliet put her love Romeo above Paris whom she was arranged to marry. The play has an extremely famous ending as the lovers take their own lives. There are many possible reasons for this and many people to blame. The prologue to seems suggest that Romeo and Juliet's deaths were down to fate it talks of "star-crossed lovers" as if Romeo and Juliet were just fine details in an already existing tragedy. Their deaths would be nothing if it were not due to their stature and the stories behind the deaths. It's arguable that without their deaths many more may have died. Romeo is a member of the Montague family; he falls in love with Juliet daughter of Capulet. All throughout the play Romeo is highly impulsive when the sees Juliet he immediately falls in love with her and goes to kiss her without thinking of the consequences. ...read more.


The nurse is a bit stupid she never stops talking. She likes to thinks that she is really important and loves attention. At first she supports Juliet with Romeo but then changes her mind against it. She never supplies any helpful advise, she often raves on for 30 lines without any actual help. Often other characters get very annoyed often telling he to shut up "enough of this, I pray thee, hold thy peace" (act 1 scene 3 line 50). It is possible to argue that with better advice from the nurse who was probably the closest to Juliet such rash measures might not have been taken and the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet might never have happened. Benvolio is peaceful influence in the play. He is Romeo's cousin and good friend, but seems the exact opposite. He thinks through his actions and tries to stay out of trouble and fights as well as stops them "part fools put up you swords you know not what to do." And he looks after his friends "I pray the good Mercusio lets retire: the day is hot, the Capulets are abroad and if we meet we shall not escape a brawl". ...read more.


There are a huge amount of ideas why the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet happened. Romeo is partly to blame because he was very passionate and hasty. If he was not so hasty and slowed down the deaths of Romeo and Juliet may never have happened. Juliet is also very passionate and is very much like Romeo and risks her life at the end when she takes a sleeping potion. This plan was one of Friar Lawrence's who was also in part to blame the tragedy. If he had offered better advice Romeo and Juliet may not have died. The same can be said for the nurse who was very close to Juliet and very much as parent character to her. Both Tybalt and Mercutio are looking for trouble whilst Tybalt actually goes to fight Mercutio provokes it. The prince could have taken bigger and harder steps to stop the fights. He was too cowardly and if he had more conviction in what he did the tragedy may not have happened but all these are victims of the feud. The feud sets everything up without it none of this would have happened in the first place and so the tragedy would not have happened. ...read more.

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