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Whom do you feel is responsible for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet?

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Whom do you feel is responsible for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet? There is no one person to whom I can particularly blame, as everyone is guilty as they are to blame for a small part of the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. Although there is no one person, Old Capulet and Old Montague are to blame for still holding an "ancient grudge". Old Capulet and Old Montague continued a feud, in which led to physical fighting and the involvement of the Capulet boys and Romeo and his friends, although Juliet didn't physically fight she was involved. Old Capulet wishes to continue the feud between them more than Old Montague. When Old Capulet hears Old Montague arriving he calls for his "long sword" to hear his wife mock him by saying "A crutch, a crutch! Why call for a sword?" And then Old Montague goes on to say "Thou villain Capulet! Hold me not, let me go." If the feud between the two families had been settled before hand then the marriage of Romeo and Juliet wouldn't have needed to been in secret and would have happened happily. Although I don't feel there is one person, I fell that Tybalt has a large role to play in the tragedies of Romeo and Juliet, as he is aggressive, viscous and take things far to seriously. ...read more.

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crucial moment, in the tomb when she wakes up to find Romeo dead, because he was too much of a coward and scared of people finding him out. Friar Lawrence is like a father to Romeo as the Nurse is like a mother to Juliet. Romeo and Juliet both go to the Friar for help and Friar Lawrence is the person who marries them in secret. I think that the Friar believes he is helping matters by marrying Romeo and Juliet as he thought that it would reunite the two families. He tries to help again when Juliet wants a way of escaping marrying Paris by giving her a sleeping potion. All went well with the potion but the message via Friar John was unable to be delivered owing to an outbreak of plague in Mantua. Friar Lawrence's intentions were good, even though I believe that he has to take a reasonable proportion of the blame for Juliet's death. The nurse was the go between, between Romeo and Juliet, if she hadn't been the messenger, then they wouldn't of got married as she delivered the proposal of marriage from Romeo to Juliet. She let Juliet down at the vital moments. ...read more.

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* If Romeo had given up on the idea of Juliet when he found she was a Capulet... * If Juliet had given up on the idea of Romeo when she found out he was a Montague... * If the balcony scene had never occurred... * If Friar Lawrence had never married them secretly... * If Paris hadn't asked for the hand of Juliet in marriage... * If Old Capulet hadn't forced the marriage of Paris and Romeo... * If the message had got through via Friar John... * If Balthasar hadn't delivered the message so quickly... * If the Nurse wasn't in the dark about the sleeping potion... * If Friar Lawrence had been quicker to the tomb to intercept Romeo taking the poison... * If Friar Lawrence had stayed with Juliet rather than running off... * If Juliet had woken up before Romeo took the poison... * If the Montague's and Capulet's had settled their feud... All of these things are due to fate, so fate drives this play. Although it was a "fate" driven plot, I feel that both Romeo and Juliet should take some responsibility for their own actions and ultimately their deaths. They are both of "age" and in the society where they live in, to be able to choose. Their chose was to die despite other people's contribution to their choices. The ultimate responsibility must lie with them. Jennifer Law -1- Mr. Hooson ...read more.

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