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Why do Romeo and Juliet die? Who is to Blame for the Tragedy?

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Romeo and Juliet Coursework Essay Why do Romeo and Juliet die? Who is to Blame for the Tragedy? Introduction 'Romeo and Juliet' is a tragedy and one of the greatest love stories of all time. Written by William Shakespeare in around 1595, the play, based on a romantic poem by Arthur Brookes, shows love too superior to the storms of circumstances. Images of hate, death and violence are found throughout the play, in which characters are revealed through their relationships with each other. In this essay, I will analyse who is to blame for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet and who or what is to blame for the final tragedy. The Feud One quiet, peaceful day in Verona, an ancient feud erupts in the middle of Verona. Two families called the Montagues and the Capulets fight for power in Verona. This has gone on for years and years and still it has not yet been resolved. The feud between the two families plays a big part in the lovers' downfall. Hatred becomes very obvious from the first scene, when the servants from both families begin to clash in the middle of Verona: Act 1 Scene 1 - 'Do you bite your thumb at us, sir?' Biting your thumb is seen as an insult which restarts another fight between the two families. Also in the first scene Tybalt makes matters worse by admitting he hates all Montagues. ...read more.


Then, when Mercutio and Tybalt fight, Tybalt kills Mercutio by stabbing him. Mercutio blames the feud for his death. Romeo is provoked to revenge the death of his friend, so he kills Tybalt. Act 3 Sc 1 Romeo - "This day's black fate on moe days doth depend this but begins the woe others must end." At the end of the play Romeo thinks that Juliet is dead when she is still in her "sleep", so he drinks poison and kills himself, Juliet then wakes up to realise that Romeo has taken the poison so she also commits suicide. When both families and the prince find out that they are dead, they are deeply upset. The prince in Act 5 Sc 3 blames the feud: " See what a scourge is laid upon you hate, that heaven finds means to kill you joys with love." Characters In this play, Friar Lawrence and the nurse act as confidants to Romeo and Juliet by arranging the marriage for them: Friar Lawrence, Act 2 Scene 3 - 'For by your leaves, you shall not stay alone till holy church incorporate two in one.' - Friar Lawrence acts like a servant to Romeo and Juliet and so in turn he agrees to marry them, because he thinks that this will help stop the feud. After Romeo had killed Tybalt, the nurse change sides because she thinks she might lose her job or get in trouble with the Capulets: Act 3 Scene 5 - 'I think it best you married with the County. ...read more.


This is all put down to fate; all of these influenced the story and caused the tragic end of the two lovers. Conclusion I feel that Romeo and Juliet both contributed to their deaths. They rushed things and did not act sensibly at all; "Thy purpose marriage, send me word tomorrow, by one that I'll procure to come to thee." Another possibility which may have caused the tragedy could have been love itself; as Romeo and Juliet felt that it was not worth living without the other; "Juliet I will lie with thee tonight!" Romeo says he will kill himself next to her body. The Nurse and Friar Lawrence also played a part in their deaths as they both condoned the relationship and Friar Lawrence actually agreed to marry them: "But come, young waverer, come go with me, in one respect I'll thy assistant be." Act 2 Sc 3 It is difficult to blame the prince as he did what he could to stop the feuding and violence and ended up having to take desperate measures. The families are the biggest parties to blame as without the feud, the couple could have married and lived happily not having to hide it. It was because of the families that Romeo was banished and it was because of the families that Juliet was forced to take the sleeping potion. I believe that it was a combination of all the above which caused the tragedy to occur mixed in with plain fate. What is supposed to happen, will happen. By Rajiv Trivedi ...read more.

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