The Deaths of Romeo and Juliet

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The Deaths of Romeo and Juliet Was it just one person’s fault, or a mixture? In this essay, I will include many different reasons as to why Romeo and Juliet die. I will explain in detail each point and put forward my own opinions. I will use quotes to back up each point and explain why the historical context is relevant. At the end, I will conclude with whom or what I think is the most important reason that contributes to the blame of their deaths. I will begin with different people who could be to blame. There are many possible people, so I shall start with the Nurse. In one respect, the Nurse is very good at her job, but in another, she is not. The Nurse loves Juliet very much, but abandons her responsibility of looking after her when she allows her to become involved with Romeo. Anyone can see that the relationship is going to cause trouble. The Nurse then furthers her involvement in matters by helping to arrange the wedding between Romeo and Juliet. In her defence, you could say that she did not have much choice in the matter, as Juliet was in control, “I am the drudge and toil in your delight”. This shows that the Nurse is following orders from Juliet, because she thinks it will make Juliet happy. Although she does, she does not seem to be bothered about the damage she could cause in the future. This is one reason why the Nurse could be to blame for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. Another point in the play where the Nurse contributes to the deaths of Romeo and Juliet is when the proposal of Paris comes along. At this stage in the play, Romeo has been banished. The Nurse disregards Juliet’s feelings for Romeo and takes the easy option, telling her to marry Paris, “I think you are happy in this second match, for it excels your first”. Juliet despises the Nurse for saying this.

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