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Who was to blame for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet

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English Assessment Romeo and Juliet Who was to blame for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet? 'Romeo and Juliet' was set in Verona and tells the tale of two young lovers who fought against all odds to be united with each other. Tragically, both Romeo and Juliet lose their lives at the end of the play but were their deaths self motivated or were they the end result of somebody's actions? If someone was, who was to blame for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet? It may have also been that the force of fate was involved in making sure that Romeo and Juliet never lived 'happily ever after' or that certain characters would help insure that the relationship shared between the two ended up in complete chaos. Whoever or whatever, it appears that something was responsible. This essay will analyse and review on most of the situations that may have had a role in the deaths of Romeo and Juliet, but will examine closely; the fatal feud between the Montagues and Capulets, the mysterious bond between fate and the couple and the overall role of the cleric who only wanted peace, Friar Lawrence. Indications in the play are constantly hinting that fate might have been involved within the relationship shared between the young lovers. For example, the prologue states that: 'a pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life.' ...read more.

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A second plan of Friar Lawrence's was for Juliet to drink a herbal remedy on the day of her marriage so that she could appear dead and not have to marry Paris ended in tragedy when the letter that was meant to be delivered to Romeo was delayed and he was informed of Juliet's death by Balthazar instead. The final result of this plan was disaster as both lovers ended up taking their own lives. Regardless of the good plans made to favour the lovers it seems that fate had a large part to play in the unexpected outcome of these ideas. It is clear that fate may have played a very big role in the series of events that lead the lovers to their deaths. However fate is not the only factor that could be blamed for the tragedy. At the beginning of the play the prologue warns of the ongoing feud shared between the Capulets and Montagues, which could possibly be one of the most important factors in leading the loves to their unfortunate outcome. Even at the opening of the play the seriousness of the feud is demonstrated by even the servants, who create brawls and arguments for their own entertainment. The feud can is also responsible for forcing Romeo and Juliet keeping their love a secret. Juliet is forced into making a decision on whether she could love Romeo when she found out he was a Montague and became very frustrated and distressed at the fact that loving him would mean turning on her family. ...read more.

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When Romeo is first introduced he is depressed and in a mood because his Rosalyn is not returning his love. As realistic as his love seems it may be that Romeo is in love with the idea of being in love as he has never even met Rosalyn. The oxymoron he mutters 'O brawling love, O loving hate' (Act 1Scene 1 line 176) can relate to his character of being immature and because he thinks he is in love with someone who he has never met before. He seems to rush into the marriage shared between him and Juliet and becomes heavily emotional after his banishment and her death, leading to his predicted suicide. Shakespeare shows the love shared between Romeo and Juliet through descriptive language. Certain times Romeo speaks to Juliet in a rhyming sonnet. Unlike most of the foul language used in the play by the servants the language used between Romeo and Juliet is innocent. Shakespeare may have wanted the love between the two to be seen as beautiful, as the sonnet seems to emphasise the relationship as pure. 'If I profane with my unworthiness hand This holy shrine, the gentle sin is this, My lips, two blushing pilgrims, really stand To smooth that rough touch with a tender kiss.' The language used shows that the whole play isn't about fighting and violence and that there is some peaceful moments with innocence. To conclude, it is clear that fate played a major role in the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet. ...read more.

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