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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 to 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 on what is to blame for the final tragedy. Section 1 - The Feud The beginning of Romeo and Juliet introduces us to the quarrel, which he's driven by wedge between the Montague's and the Capulet's for many years. A peaceful city called Verona is normally quiet and calm, but an on going feud erupts in the city of Verona between the Montagues and the Capulets. The feud has been going on for years and hasn't resolved the problem that they have with each other. The theme in the first scene is hatred. The servants from both families start to have a fight in a quiet area in Verona. ...read more.


Prologue "From forth the fatal loins of these two foes. A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life." This shows that we know that the lovers are doomed right from the beginning. The code of honour makes the young men spring to violent, bloody action. Act 1 sc 1 shows the young men brawling in the streets of Verona. Tybalt and Mercutio feel that they must fight. Act 3 Sc 1 Mercutio - "Tybalt, you rat-catcher, will you walk!" " A plague a' both your houses! They have made worms meat of me." This shows that Mercutio blames the feud for his death. Then, when Mercutio and Tybalt fight, Tybalt kills Mercutio by stabbing him. 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 that kills him, Juliet then wakes up to realise that Romeo has drank the poison so she kills herself. When both families and the prince find out that they are dead, they are deeply upset. ...read more.


At first, they are typical parents for this age who expect their daughter to be dutiful. Then they threaten to disown her if she will not marry Paris and therefore she takes the sleeping potion. Act 3 Sc 5 Lady Capulet - "Ay, sir, but she will none, she gives you thanks. I would the fool were married to her grave." Capulet - " Hung thee, young baggage, disobedient wretch! I tell thee, what, yet thee to church a ' Thursday, or never after look me in the face." This shows that they are very serious it Juliet does not marry Paris, which forces her to take the sleeping potion. The Prince Throughout the play the Prince tries to take control of the situation and end the fighting. In Act 3 Sc 1 he banishes Romeo after he has killed Tybalt, but this has made the situation worse. This results the death of both Romeo and Juliet. Section 4 - Fate or Accident? At the beginning of the play the Prologue tells us that Romeo and Juliet are doomed to die because of the feud. Prologue "From forth the fatal loins of these two foes. A pair of star - crossed lovers take their life." There are many examples of accidents within the play. Act 1 Sc 5 - Romeo meeting Juliet at the party. Act 3 sc 1 - The death of Mercutio. Friar Lawrence's letter not reaching in time. ...read more.

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