Who do you think was the most responsible for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet?
The play of Romeo and Juliet, written by William Shakespeare in the Seventeenth century, is described as a romantic tragedy. It is romantic because it is a story of two people, Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet, falling in love, but it is a tragedy because they end up taking their own lives. This tragedy was by lots of different things, that led up to their deaths. These include the feud between the Montague’s and Capulet’s, which meant that Romeo and Juliet had to keep their relationship secret. This was the main reason for their deaths.
The reason for Romeo and Juliet keeping their relationship a secret was this ongoing feud. For example, Juliet had to lie to her parents about going to shrift, so she could get married to Romeo. ‘Then hie you hence to Friar Lawrence’s cell, there stays you a husband to make you a wife.’ This is the nurse telling Juliet to tell her parents she is going to shrift, and Romeo will be waiting for her to get married. They would have had to do this, if there wasn’t a feud going on. This was the parents fault because they were the ones that started the feud, so if they hadn’t started it, then Romeo and Juliet wouldn’t have felt that they had to keep their relationship secret, Tybalt and Mercutio wouldn’t have died, and neither would Romeo and Juliet. These were all contributing factors to Romeo and Juliet taking their lives.
Friar Lawrence has a large role in the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. He agreed to marry them in secret, which he should never have done. He did this because he thought that their marriage would end the feud. ‘For this alliance may so happy prove to turn your households rancour to pure love.’ Friar Lawrence was the person who came up with the plan to pretend that Juliet was. He gave Juliet the sleeping potion, and was responsible for getting the news of the plan to Romeo, but because of the plague, the news never reached him, so he...
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