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Who or what was to blame for the death of 'Romeo and Juliet'?

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Who or what was to blame for the death of 'Romeo and Juliet'? In this essay I am going to look at William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, and I will analyse who was to blame for their deaths. When you look at the deaths of Romeo and Juliet, you see how unnecessary it was. I believe that there were a lot of obstacles which lay ahead of Romeo and Juliet which made it difficult for them to see each other. They did overcome a few of them, but not enough, as the reason of their death was unacquainted love. In my opinion, I feel as if the characters of the play were the ones who were responsible for Romeo and Juliet's death. Even though Romeo blames fate for a lot of his misfortunes or mistakes "O, I am fortunes fool," the mistakes made by the characters were far worse. Romeo and Juliet's death occurred for the love for one another and the need to be with each other. The reason why it was forbidden for them not to be able, to be with each other was because of this feud. This feud between the two households the Montagues, and the Capulets "parents' strife," "parents' rage," this is how the prologue describes Romeo's and Juliet's parent's bitter conflict with each other's family. This feud had been there for a great deal of time and was the reason of a number of deaths; because of the fighting, disagreement and brawls between the two households. ...read more.

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I feel as if Romeo kills Tybalt for justice, for his friend Mercutio, and for his anger. To me it was obvious that Tybalt was to blame for his own death, as well as Romeo being banished which plays a big part in Romeo and Juliet's death. I don't think Mercutio was to blame at all, as all he does is stick up for Romeo. Tybalt was determined to fight Romeo, so no matter what, someone would of died out of the two. I think Benvolio is the peacemaker "I do but keep peace .Put up thy sword," he is intelligent and aware, who looks out for his cousin Romeo and gives him advice. When Romeo kills Tybalt Benvolio is the one that tells him to leave the scene for his own good "Romeo, away, be gone!" I don't think Benvolio is to blame as he tries to stop the brawl. Friar Lawrence and the Nurse just wanted to help Romeo and Juliet, and that they did, as they created ways for them to be together. Friar Lawrence married the two in secret as he thought the two families in time would be able to accept it, and it could stop the feud. "These violent delights have violent ends." I don't think this would of been the case, as I feel you need something more dramatic for them to open their eyes and realise the foolishness or this feud. ...read more.

Conclusion

In my opinion, I believe this is a perfect plan. It's not Friar Lawrence's fault that the letter is delayed, and that Romeo hears from Balthasar about Juliet's so-called death. I think it was just how it was meant to be, as in fate. When Romeo reaches Verona and sees Juliet is dead, he kills himself. Juliet wakes up and kills herself as she can not live without Romeo. I feel that if Juliet had married Paris, there is no proof that she would not have committed suicide, as she being with Paris would mean she was not with Romeo. Also who knows that Romeo would not of committed suicide after hearing the news, of Juliet. I look at this play, and think that what makes this such a tragedy is that there are so many times when you think Romeo and Juliet will be together, and then it is suddenly destroyed by even more obstacles, that they are faced with. To me, it seems no matter what the characters do, it was most likely that the end for Romeo and Juliet would of probably been the same. I think that there is a lot of people to blame, a tiny amount for Romeo and Juliet's death. I think, the feud is the biggest to blame, as the feud is the reason why Romeo and Juliet are not allowed to be together. I believe, the way the characters behave is because of this feud, and the influence of the feud upon them. ...read more.

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