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Why did Romeo and Juliet die? Who or what was to blame for their tragic death?

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Why did Romeo and Juliet die? Who or what was to blame for their tragic death? William Shakespeare wrote the play Romeo and Juliet in 1595 and is based on a classical love story. Romeo and Juliet were from two different, powerful families who had a grudge against each other. Romeo is from the Montague family and Juliet is from the Capulet family. All through out the play the death of Romeo and Juliet is looming. Fate is thought to be one of the key factors in their deaths along with the feud between the two families. They both fall in love with each other at first sight, when they meet accidentally at a Capulet party when Romeo has sneaked in to it to see Rosaline who he was in love with at the time. At the start of the play when Romeo was in love with Rosaline he was hiding away from people and not telling any one what was on his mind. Because Romeo was so badly in love with Rosaline it shows that it will not be easy for him to forget about Rosaline. "And she steal love's sweet bait from fearful hooks" This quote is an extended metaphor. The words 'hooks' and 'bait' show that love could be linked to fishing as hooks are dangerous. ...read more.

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When the prince arrives he commands the fighting stop or he will give them the penalty of torture. The Capulets and Montagues throw down their weapons. The Prince declares the violence between the two families has gone on for too long, and proclaims a death sentence upon anyone who disturbs the peace again. Romeo's fight with Tybalt with led to him killing him I think this was coursed by Romeo love, of when he went to see Rosaline when he shouldn't have been there. This made Tybat very angry and Tybalt, a person who was always up for a fight, wouldn't let this go away. Mercutio had some blame in Romeo killing Tybalt because he was also up for a fight and he would not leave like Benvolio was telling him to. 'I pray thee, good Mercutio, let's retire: The day is hot, the Capulets abroad, And, if we meet, we shall not scape a brawl; For now, these hot days, is the mad blood stirring.' In this quote Benvolio is saying to Mercutio lets go because the capulets are about and if we see them then there will defiantly be a fight because of the growing tension. When Mercutio was killed this made Romeo kill Tybalt and I think that if Mercutio had listened to the advice of Benvlio there would not of been any deaths at that time. ...read more.

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He then talks to him self about how much he loves her. Juliet suddenly appears at a window above the spot where Romeo is standing. Romeo compares her to the morning sun, far more beautiful than the moon it banishes. He nearly speaks to her, but decides not to. Juliet, talking to her self and unaware that Romeo is in her garden, asks why Romeo must be "Romeo-a Montague", and therefore an enemy to her family. She says that if he would refuse his Montague name, she would give herself to him; or if he would simply swear that he loved her, she would refuse her Capulet name. "O Romeo, Romeo! wherefore art thou Romeo? Deny thy father and refuse thy name; Or, if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love, And I'll no longer be a Capulet." Romeo responds to her appeal, surprising Juliet, as she thought she was alone. Juliet wonders how he found her and he tells her that love led him to her, this relates back to fate. But it is not just Romeo who feels so strongly about their relationship as shown by this quote "Yet I should kill thee with much cherishing." Juliet is saying here that she could kill Romeo by cuddling him too much, that shows how she loves him and that it would be extremely difficult for her and Juliet to part. "Parting is such sweet sorrow" This quote is an oxymoron as 'sweet sorrow' is contradicting its self as sorrow can not be sweet. ...read more.

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