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

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Who was most to blame for the deaths Of Romeo and Juliet? In the unfolding tragedy of Romeo and Juliet many characters played their parts. Undoubtedly Friar Lawrence had a leading role in the events, as did the nurse, Tybalt, the two families and the young lovers themselves. It is also possible to consider the part played by fate and the belief that a greater force was controlling their destiny. Romeo himself said. " Some consequence yes hanging in the stars... By some vile forfeit of untimely death" He is suggesting that his "untimely death" will come about due the events that begin at the banquet. In the story Tybalt is a very fiery and hostile character who is constantly persuing a fight with the Montagues, demonstrating that he has been brought up to hate all Montagues, which is his family's fault. He probably does not know why they are in constant rivalry, but he continues the enmity regardless of the consequences. " What, drawn and talk of peace? I hate the word, As I hate hell, all Montagues" This is just one of the many times Tybalt insults the Montagues during the play. With such hate towards the Montagues, Tybalt is responsible for perpetuating the rivalry and thus plays a part in the deaths of the "star crossed lovers." The other central character who in my opinion is most responsible for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet is the nurse. ...read more.


When Juliet comes to him for advice about marrying Paris, he conjures up a dangerous and irresponsible plan, by giving her a potion that will make her fall asleep for "two and forty hours" and look like she was dead. This type of plan was subsequently life threatening to Juliet and it consequently led to Romeo believing that Juliet was actually dead. If only he had thought about his actions in the first place none of the tragic events would have followed on from the marriage. Friar Lawrence always hoped deep down that their union would bring the families together and end the dispute. Ironically it did just that, but only after the tragic deaths of Romeo and Juliet. " For this alliance may so happy prove To turn you households' rancour to pure love" He is aware that what he is doing is dangerous and that he is jeopardising his position in the church. " These violent delights have violent ends" His actions, even though well intentioned, were ill advised and consequently led to the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. The families themselves had a role to play. They expected their children to behave and obey them, as any parent would have at that time. It was custom for fathers to choose their daughter's husband. This was an accepted tradition and Lord Capulet had obviously taken it seriously because he had found Juliet a suitable husband, he is therefore dismayed to hear her refuse to marry Paris. ...read more.


by some vile forfeit of untimely death." With this belief that fate was controlling his actions it cant not really be taken into account for the deaths of the " Star crossed lovers." Even though Romeo's "premonition" was correct Romeo should have realised that falling in love and marrying a Capulet would end in their deaths. We cannot blame the actions of others on an imaginary force that they believe is controlling them. So therefore fate cannot be blamed as a contributor to the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. In conclusion the untimely deaths of Romeo and Juliet were brought apon by many peoples wrong doings and the inability of the families to resolve the feud. By the end of the play Friar Lawrence admits his part in the tragedy. " Miscarried by my fault, let me old life Be sacrificed, some hour before his time," The Capulets and Monataques finally realise that their feuding has resulted in the deaths of their children, which is too late to save them. " See what a scourge is laid upon your hate That heaven finds means to kill your joys with love!" Ultimately, I feel there is not one person to blame for this tragedy, but a powerful combination of fate, the feud and poor timing added to the number of characters acting unwisely, even though their intentions were honourable, eventually led to their deaths. " For never was a story of more woe Than this of Juliet and her Romeo." By Steven Davis ...read more.

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