The Blame for the Deaths of Romeo and Juliet Essay

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The Blame for the Deaths of Romeo and Juliet


Romeo and Juliet the ‘star crossed lovers’ seem to be doomed the first day they meet each other. The play concludes with Romeo and Juliet taking their lives just days after meeting. Shakespeare closely tangles the play so every character and event plays an important role in the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet.


To begin, the most apparent factor in the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet is the ‘ancient grudge’ between the two families to which they belong: The Capulets and The Montague’s. ‘Two households both alike in dignity.’ It is noticeable to the audience that everybody is involved from beginning to end, ‘Do you bite your
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She drives Juliet into a relationship with Romeo and is mainly to blame. She shows her desire for attention and the fact that she is a short-sighted thinker by encouraging Juliet to marry Paris as well as Romeo. ‘You’re better in the second match.’ It doesn’t seem to matter that Juliet is in love with Romeo and that she is already married to him.

Friar Lawrence ==============

Friar Laurence has a major role. As a member of the Order of St. Francis, a group of wise and generous priests, Romeo and Juliet trusted Friar Lawrence completely, turning to him for advice, and solutions. He was there throughout Romeo and Juliet's lives; he married them, came up with a plan to keep them together, and was a friend throughout their tragedies. However it was his rashness, shortsightedness, poorly thought out plans and desperate measures that led to Romeo and Juliet's ultimate tragedy. Romeo and Juliets's death could have been prevented, if they were not together. Friar Laurence married Romeo and Juliet; this was the first mistake, which would lead to their deaths. A bond between them was created through marriage: "For, by your leaves, you shall not stay alone / Till holy church incorporate two in one." (2.6.36-37). None of any of the tragedies would have occurred if Romeo and Juliet were not married.

Friar Lawrence does not have very much time on stage but

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