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William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet is a tragic play. For hundreds of years, no story of love has been more famous, emotional or powerful than the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet. But who is responsible for the tragedy?

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Romeo and Juliet William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet is a tragic play. For hundreds of years, no story of love has been more famous, emotional or powerful than the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet. But who is responsible for the tragedy? The feud between the Montagues and the Capulets was one factor that contributed to the love of Romeo and Juliet being destined for destruction, "From ancient grudge break to new mutiny." There was hate and rivalry between the two families, and also their servants, so Romeo and Juliet had no other choice than to hide their love for each other. Capulet and Lady Capulet must accept a portion of blame. They were so sure that their tradition of an arranged marriage was right that they could not see that it would end in heartbreak, "Mistress munion you. Thank me no thankings nor proud me no prouds, but fettle your fine joints 'gainst Thursday next. To go with Paris to Saint Peter's Church, or I will drag thee on a hurdle thither. Out, you green-sickness carrion! Out, you baggage." It becomes apparent at this point that the Capulets care more about the tradition they their feelings towards their daughter. Therefore Romeo and Juliet must keep their love a secret. Capulet also changes his mind very quickly. In the beginning he tells Paris that Juliet is still too young. ...read more.

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which ultimately leads to the deaths of ROMEO AND JULIET. Surely ROMEO AND JULIET also played a part in their own deaths. With their headstrong personalities and love which they seem so sure of. However the reality was that they were condemned before they had begun due to the parents hatred for one another. Romeo was the first to encourage the relationship at Capulet's party. Romeo knew the two families did not get on, so he also should have known that the relationship was ill-fated. Yet still he continued to promote the liaison between himself and Juliet. Surely he could have controlled his youthful haste and passion and stayed in the bushes in front of the balcony on the night of the party. Juliet also sanctioned the relationship and was too stubborn to listen to her parents' wishes. It was originally Juliet's idea for the tow to wed. "If that thy bent of love be honourable, thy purpose marriage, send me word tomorrow, by one that I'll procure to come to thee, where and what time thou wilt perform the rite, and all my fortunes at thy foot I'll lay." Juliet certainly should have known the results would be disastrous had she married a hated Montague. May be it was fate that was to blame. Throughout the play both ROMEO AND JULIET make references to the stars, light and darkness, all the usual gatherings of fate and the supernatural powers. ...read more.

Conclusion

Friar Lawrence depends his entire plan on a letter to Romeo. He makes his plan is such haste that he has not thought about the possible failure or an alternative plan. Friar Lawrence failed to get the letter to Romeo to inform him that Juliet's death was faked. The Friar calms a frantic Juliet by giving and telling her to "Take thou this vail, being in bed, and this distilled liquor drink though off." Friar Lawrence is suggesting that Juliet drink the potion so that she might make believe her own death and avoid marrying Paris. The Friar's intentions are good, but he has not carefully considered the course that his actions will take. The Friar also plays an important role in the actual deaths of ROMEO AND JULIET. Romeo, thinking that Juliet is dead rushes to her side. There he finds his true love. When Juliet wakes up the Friar tells her that Romeo is dead and his whole plan is abolished. Juliet, unable to handle the situation decides to kill herself. Taking Romeo's sword she stab herself. In my opinion, the hasty marriage, the ill-planning and carelessness of Friar Lawrence lead to the deaths of ROMEO AND JULIET. There will be much controversy over what or who was to blame for the deaths. However, there are many clues left by Shakespeare which point towards Friar Lawrence. The responsibility of this tragedy will continue to be debated for many years to come. "For never was a story of more woe, than this of Juliet and her Romeo. ...read more.

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