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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? This piece of coursework is focusing on the deaths of Romeo and Juliet, and who was responsible for it. The people who had a part in the deaths of Romeo and Juliet are Friar Lawrence, Benvolio, Tybalt, Capulet and Nurse. The first person I will be focusing on will be Friar Lawrence, looking at his part in the suicides of both the lovers, what he did to put them under pressure and the things that he shouldn't of done which may have let to the death. The main reason Friar Lawrence had a part in the suicides of Romeo and Juliet was because he got involved when he knew the consequences wouldn't be good. It was Friar Lawrence who married Romeo and Juliet; he had the plan to use the sleeping potion so that Juliet could run off with Romeo while the grieving Capulets believed she was dead, and he tried to send a letter to Romeo informing him of the plan, which didn't reach him. By marrying the lovers, he took a step in the wrong direction, he only thought of how the consequences would be good, by marrying Romeo and Juliet; he thought that that could bring the two feuding families together so they could make up and be friends he was quoted as saying " For this alliance may so happy prove, To turn your households' rancour to pure love"(Act 2 Scene 3/4). But he didn't think of what could go wrong. ...read more.

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Benvolio could of easily made up a believable excuse, he would be risking his life but at least he would be saving someone else's, his cousins. There is not as much evidence Tybalt had something to do with the deaths of Romeo and Juliet but there is something. Tybalt can be blamed because he killed Mercutio. When Romeo was wrongly at the Capulet feast, Tybalt noticed him and vowed revenge," I will withdraw, but this intrusion shall, now seeming sweet, convert to bitterest gall" (Act 1 Scene 5) he would of taken it out on him at the feast but Capulet stopped him. When Tybalt asked Romeo for a fight, he refused which made him even angrier, in the rage Mercutio tried to defend Romeo and he started fighting with Tybalt. After a tough battle, Tybalt killed Mercutio and ran. Its because Tybalt killed Romeos best friend that Romeo filled up with rage. Tybalt returned and fought with Romeo, Romeo then killed him. If Tybalt had chosen to forget seeing Romeo at the Capulet feast, then again Romeo wouldn't of been banished to Mantua. Im sure that Tybalt wouldn't of cared about the death of Romeo but he would've care about the death of his cousin as he was very close to her. If Tybalt had forgot about seeing Romeo at the feast, then he wouldn't have wound up Mercutio later leading onto 4 deaths, those of Mercutio, Tybalt, Romeo and Juliet. This shows Tybalt had a short temper and couldn't just let things go, he had to get his own way, and that didn't really work, as we all know. ...read more.

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Juliet was only in need for an urgent plan because of Capulets wish for her to marry Paris, if he had a cool head and didn't lash out like he did, then Juliet could've made up an excuse which was believable instead of going to desperate measures. So Capulet can be blamed for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet because it was because of him that Romeo and Juliet met at the feast, and his sudden burst out at Juliet when she refused to marry Paris could've been the last straw for Juliet because she felt threatened by Capulets wrath that she just felt she had to come up with a plan to get her out of the marriage, which then led to her killing herself. I conclude that some of these people are more guilty then others, but fate could've played its part in both the deaths, it was destiny that Romeo and Juliet met and Romeo had a vision of an untimely death just before the feast, "I fear, too early; for my mind misgives some consequence, yet hanging in the stars, shall bitterly begin his fearful date with this nights revel's, and expire the term of a despised life closed in my breast, by some vile forfeit of untimely death." This means that Romeo believes that his fate is written in the stars and the evening's events will lead to him dying a premature death. Each of the people that I have mentioned are guilty of playing some part in the deaths of the two lovers Romeo and Juliet. Stuart Lynch Who was responsible for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet? ...read more.

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