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The Right One to Be Blame for the Tragic Death

  • Date Submitted: 01/28/2010 08:19 AM
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Over the many years the Shakespeare play, Romeo and Juliet, has existed, the famous question still stands, who was responsible for the tragic death of the star-crossed lovers? The blame for the death of Romeo and Juliet is not solely blamed on one character, as everybody in the play took a role in the death of the couple.

The most commonly blamed factor to the death of Romeo and Juliet is the famous family feud between the Montague’s and the Capulet’s. As the prologue states ‘Two households, both alike in dignity…From ancient grudge break to new mutiny’.

Neither leader of the Montague or Capulet household was mature enough to bring peace within the families and stop this ancient feud, as they were both to preoccupied focusing on their hatred towards the rival family.

If these families hadn’t quarrelled, the marriage of Romeo and Juliet wouldn’t have married in secret.

Shortly after, Romeo fought and killed Tybalt because the Capulet had slain his best friend, Mercutio. This act ultimately led to Tybalt’s own death, then leading Romeo to be punished by being banished from Verona

If the families were mature enough to stop this grudge between the Montague’s and Capulet’s, it would’ve spared the death of Mercutio, Tybalt, Paris, Lady Montague and of course Romeo and Juliet.

Also, Lord and Lady Capulet are a contributing factor as they didn’t listen to their daughter’s wishes when she refused to marry Paris. Lord Capulet so furious at his daughters rebellious behaviour at first threatened to throw Juliet out onto the streets “Thursday is near lay hand on heart and you be mine, I’ll give you to my friend, and you to be not, hang, beg, starve, die in the streets”.

Friar Laurance both directly and indirectly took part in the happenings that led to the death of Romeo and Juliet. Friar Laurence was a well respected man who made a living selling herbs and medicines to the community of Verona....


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