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

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Classwork 16 October 2006 Who was to blame for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet? Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare is a play about two star-crossed lovers who rush into a marriage when they hardly even know each other. It goes kind of like this... At the start there is fighting between two families who hate each other the Capulet's and the Montague's. The prince finds out and tells the two families that it has gone far enough and that if it carries on the people fighting will be put to death. Romeo is a Montague who at the start of the play is deeply in love with a girl. He later gate crashes the Capulet's party and meets Juliet he falls out of love with this girl and in love with Juliet. He goes back to her house later and meets her, he asks her to marry him. At first she says no because they are rushing and then in minutes contradicts herself by saying yes and that it is great. Romeo goes to see Friar Lawrence and asks him to marry Romeo and Juliet as fast as he can. He marries them the next day without Romeo and Juliet's parents knowing. When they are married Tybalt kills Mercutio and Romeo is angry. Romeo finds Tybalt and kills him. The prince gives Romeo a chance to live and banishes him. ...read more.

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I will hence to-night." Romeo is saying he will not wait for the stars to dictate what he should do now. He will act in defiance. I also think he acted to violently and never thought about his actions when he killed Tybalt and Paris. He killed Tybalt because Tybalt had killed one of his good friends Mercutio. Yes Romeo would have been upset and angry but he should of thought about his actions before killing Tybalt. I think he should of thought more carefully before rushing back after hearing about Juliet's death. I also think he acted to violently and never thought about his actions when he killed Tybalt and Paris. Next I will discuss why I think Friar Lawrence is to partly blame I think it is because it was a stupid idea to marry Romeo and Juliet in secret and he never should of agreed to it. Romeo went to see Friar Lawrence and asked him to marry Juliet and himself. The Friar stupidly agreed to it and married them in secret. This was probably because he just wanted Romeo to be happy and he couldn't see what could go wrong. He was also the one who gave Juliet the potion and told her the crazy plan so he should of made sure that Romeo got the news of the plan. ...read more.

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Last of all I will discuss about Fate. It could be that the tragedy was not anybody's fault it was just bad luck. It could have been fate that Romeo and Juliet met and fell in love, and bad luck that the letter from Friar Lawrence that could of saved them didn't reach Romeo in time. This could be the case but no one will ever no. To conclude I think that it was nothing to do with fate, and that it was mainly Friar Lawrence's fault because I think he should of made sure Romeo new about the plan even if he had to deliver the letter personally. I don't think he thought about the plan carefully and thought about what could have gone wrong. I also think that it was partly Romeos fault because he never thought about his action whilst killing Tybalt and Paris, and he never thought when he rushed straight to Verona. I do not think that anybody can take the full blame because most of the characters did something that could have been the cause of the death. I have not focused on The Nurse in this essay but it could have partly been her fault because she encouraged Juliet with her romantic ideas. She also carried messages for the pair of lovers, she helped them meet and get married secretly. She should of let Juliet's parents know about the relationship, and she should not of encouraged Juliet to marry Paris whilst she was married to Romeo. ...read more.

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