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

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Introduction

Who is to blame for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet? The play, 'Romeo and Juliet', is classed as a, 'tragedy', "a form of drama characterized by seriousness and dignity, and involving a great person whose downfall is brought about by either a character flaw or a conflict with some higher power such as the law, the gods, fate or society". We are told straight away, in the play's prologue, that Romeo and Juliet are going to be affected by fate, 'A pair of star-cross'd lovers'. Although their outcome was to be ultimately decided by fate, a number of other characters did not help Romeo and Juliet's situation by acting conflicting ways. I feel that the most crucial act in all of Romeo and Juliet's lives was the marriage itself. This also involved Friar Lawrence and the Nurse. ...read more.

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These series of events which led to Romeo's banishment were stimulated by Mercutio's antics. However, the hatred dates back to the ancestors of the two families involved (Capulets and Montagues). So even though Mercutio acted irresponsibly and he was a neutral between the two families, he had been caught up in the ancient abomination and learned to loathe Tybalt due to Romeo being one of his best friends. The plan that interlaced Friar Lawrence and Juliet was for Juliet to take a poison at night that would give her the symptoms of a person who had passed away - the concoction would take affect for 48 hours. Nowadays this would not be long enough as there is often a time delay before the person is buried or cremated. But back when the play was written the funeral ceremonies, 'obsequies', would take place as quickly as possible. ...read more.

Conclusion

This whole sequence of events could have been avoided if the Friar had stopped and thought about his actions. On the other hand, if the Friar had refused to grant Juliet access to the poison, he would have lost his life as Juliet had threatened to kill them both on the spot. But would Juliet have followed through with such a vicious threat? Overall, like we were told at the start of the play, fate played the biggest part in Romeo and Juliet's deaths because there were a series of different events which all coincided to link together and eventually cause the, ' star cross'd lovers' to both take their lives. Another explanation could be that the true culprit of the deaths was Shakespeare. After all, he wrote the play and decided what was going to happen to the characters and therefore you may suggest that the fate of Romeo and Juliet was in his hands. Adam Thomas 10SHW ...read more.

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