Balthasar To Blame In Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet

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William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet was published in 1957 in Elizabethan England. Even though the play was set in Verona, Italy, many situations were similar to those in England. In the play, two families, the Capulets and the Montagues, are sworn enemies, and fight throughout the play. Romeo Montague, however, ignores the feud for one night to find a girl, Rosaline, at a Capulet party. Once there, he falls in love with Juliet Capulet, the daughter of his enemy, from behind a mask. He approaches her, and the two have a flirty conversation that leads to a kiss. After the party, Romeo hears Juliet speaking from her balcony, and he speaks back before they profess their love for each other. Then, they make plans to meet at a friar’s cell and …show more content…
He tells Romeo the bad news when he says, “Then she (Juliet) is well, and nothing can be ill. Her body sleeps in Capel’s monument, and her immortal part with angels lives. I saw her laid low in her kindred’s vault, and presently took post to tell it you. O, pardon me for bringing these ill news, since you did leave it for my office, sir,” (Rom. 5.1.17-23). However, Balthasar is not the reason for Tybalt and Mercutio’s death, which causes Romeo’s banishment. He is merely another person affected by the two family’s hatred. The Capulet’s and Montague’s feud causes their children to immediately feel threatened with their lives when they realize each other’s identity. Romeo states, “Is she a Capulet? O dear account! My life is my foe’s debt,” (Rom. 1.5. 118-119). Romeo feels as though his life is in the hands of his enemy, but he isn’t the only one who fears for his safety. Juliet is scared for him as well, as exemplified when she says during the balcony scene, “If they do see thee they will murder thee,” (Rom. 2.2.70). It is clear that the children’s dear of one another’s parents is the reason they sneak around to get married, which indirectly leads to their suicide through the course of events told in the

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