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

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Romeo and Juliet: Who was to blame for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet? In my essay I will be answering the question, "Who was to blame for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet" and I will be using social and historical context to back my text up. The title question is an extremely logical question as no one person is to blame totally for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. All the characters are to blame in different ways for the deaths of the two young and unwise lovers. I will be exploring the story to find the person or the people who are most to blame for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. Romeo and Juliet fell in love and got married very early in life and this was extremely common in the Elizabethan period. In the reign of Elizabeth the first it was legal for people to marry at a very young age, girls at twelve and boys at fourteen, with parental permission. One fact was that it was far more common for the richer families to marry early and normally they would marry into families that were even richer, to earn more land and money. Once a couple were married the woman belonged to the man like a personal object or a valuable item. ...read more.

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He found it strange that Romeo fell in love with someone new so quickly "Is Rosaline, that thou didst love so dear, so soon forsaken" he said when Romeo told him. Although he found the matter funny he treated it seriously even though Romeo was young and thoughtless. Throughout the story the friar was much too involved in Romeo and Juliet's life agreeing to marry them without parental permission and being very thoughtless all around. When Romeo was banished and Lord Capulet arranged for Juliet to marry Paris, she was angry and turned to the Friar for help. The Friar gave a potion to Juliet to put her to sleep and make her look dead "take thou this vial, being then in bed, and thou distilling liquor drink thou off". But the Friar didn't think to inform Romeo of the plan himself leaving it to someone else. If he had told Romeo about the plan himself he could have avoided the deaths of Romeo and his love. It was his encouragement of the relationship and his lack of responsibility that led to the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. Juliet's loving nurse, like the Friar was too encouraging of the relationship and didn't take charge and stop the marriage and betrayal of the families. ...read more.

Conclusion

Peter, a young man unable to read asked Romeo to read the Capulet ball guest list. If Romeo did not recognise Rosaline's name on the list he never would have met beautiful Juliet. When the Friar heard that Romeo was desperately in love with Juliet he thought the love would bring the two feuding families together when it was their death that did so. It was fate that brought them together and it was fate that killed them. I come to a conclusion of who is to blame for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet? Throughout the story, with every character, a common pattern forms. The one common factor that led to the deaths of the two young lovers is the ancient family feud. The family feud is a strong argument and at any point it could have been stopped. So I blame everyone who could have stopped the family feud, from Lord and Lady Capulet to The Prince of Verona. If the feud was settled long before, the families would be at peace and Romeo and Juliet could have declared their love to each other and not kept their love secret. The parents of Romeo and Juliet could have settled the argument the Prince could have made the families be in peace with each other. That is my conclusion to my Romeo and Juliet essay. ...read more.

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