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Who was responsible for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet?

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Who was responsible for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet? The death of Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet was a tragic event that was unavoidable...or was it? In this essay I will be debating who is to blame for this tragic occurrence and why. I will be going through all the characters and putting up an argument for and against their innocence. In this novel, whether you believe in it or not, Fate is one of thee most important characters. 'Star-crossed Lovers' is the description of Romeo and Juliet in the prologue of the play. If Romeo and Juliet are star-crossed lovers then surely they were also meant to die. If this is the case and nothing could be done about it then surely Fate is most to blame. This is a belief that cannot be held by all, but if fate has decided what is to be and what is not then we are free to drift through our lives being pulled along by fate. If Fate is solely to blame for their deaths we must look at whom fate decided to take the blame. One person who could not have done more to stop the deaths of the 2 lovers is Prince Escalus, ruler of Verona. On every occasion he tried seamlessly to stem the violence of the two feuding families. When there was a fight he would threaten both families to stop or be banished from Verona. ...read more.

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If she could have talked to her family about her problems then maybe she wouldn't have killed herself and Romeo and Juliet's Love could have united the Montagues and the Capulets rather than their deaths. Balthasar was Romeo's loyal servant who did as his master commanded. His master's final command was to watch over the church yard that Juliet's tomb was in. In doing so he did not expect his master not to come out again alive. Balthasar, in my opinion cannot be to blame as he was following his master's orders blindly, but could be blamed for not acting to stop his master killing himself. Lord and Lady Capulet were the parents of Juliet. Lord both of whom were not that close to Juliet in her lifetime. They left her upbringing in the hands of the nurse. As the nurse' own child was still born and Juliet was 'given' to her so soon after, Juliet was raised as her own child. She was raised as a good, nice person in the image of the nurse' child. This upbringing changed her. Another reason Lord and Lady Capulet were to blame for the deaths of their daughter and her lover is them continuing the feud with the Montagues. After Romeos break up with his girl friend he seemed down. Romeo's parents noticed this and they wanted him to cheer up. ...read more.

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Benvolio did nothing bad in the Play and in my opinion did not contribute to death's of his cousin and his cousin's lover. In my personal opinion Romeo and Juliet were most to blame for their deaths, seeing as they killed themselves. They both acted too rashly. Romeo got over Rosaline leaving him, surely he could get over Juliet dying without taking his own life. Another thing that the couple might have done to avert disaster would be to have not rushed into things and waited to get married, or even better to tell their families of their love. This might have in the short term enraged the 2 families, but through time they might have been brought closer together making things better. In conclusion, the perspective of the reader will change the view of who was to blame. I personally solely blame Romeo and Juliet for their deaths as it is so easy not to kill yourself, I've managed it for the past 15 years or so, surely they could. If you believe in fate then this can shift the blame from any of the characters to Fate, arguing that the events that took place are not the fault of any person but instead, how things were meant to be in the grand scheme of things. Fate had preordained the death of Romeo and Juliet and no one person was to blame for that. Only you can decide who is to blame, and I blame Romeo and Juliet. By Max Warren 11D ...read more.

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