The Blame for the Deaths of Romeo and Juliet

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The Blame for the Deaths of Romeo and Juliet Introduction 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. Families 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 thumb at us sir.’ The servants take offence when someone from the Capulet house insults them. This demonstrates that they just want to fight. The feud between the two families result in Romeo and Juliet’s romance remaining secret so cause Romeo’s quick decision making for them to get married. Also Tybalt says ‘peace, I hate the word,’ this shows that all he wants to do in his life is fight, so if there was no feud between The Montagues and The Capulets Romeo wouldn’t have killed Tybalt in ‘fire eyed fury’ and ended up being banished eventually leading to the death of Romeo and Juliet. NURSE Another obvious contributing factor to the death of Romeo and Juliet is The Nurse. She has good intentions but doesn’t think about the consequences. The Nurse is keen for Juliet to marry as she has breast-fed her as a baby, she hopes that she ‘might live to see thee (Juliet) married once, and I have my wish.’ It is partly this judgement that she ... ... middle of paper ... ... blamed. The conflicts between the two families all start with a period of insults thought out to injure the others pride and damage their honour Tybalt is a major contributor to the atmosphere to the beginning of the play and his contribution carries on over the whole play even though he may not be there in body. The first time we meet Tybalt is in Act 1, Scene 1. He enters with his sword drawn and tells Benvolio, both friend and cousin of Romeo, to "turn thee...Look upon thy death." When Benvolio says he has no need to fight and wants to keep the peace, Tybalt responds with, "...talk of peace? I hate the word as I hate hell, all Montague’s and thee." This further displays Tybalt's disdain for the Montague clan. He is a renowned duellist, a respected gentleman, a man feared and admired by his allies and enemies alike.
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