Who is to Blame in Romeo and Juliet?

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Who to Blame for the Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet In this essay I will be discussing my opinion of who is to blame for the tragedy or both Romeo and Juliet. In my view I do not think that one certain character is solely responsible, I think that there is an array of people that could be proved responsible. Although I do think that there is one certain person that is most responsible for the deaths. That person is Friar Lawrence, but as well I blame the power of love; Romeo and Juliet were so strongly in love and that love lead to both of their deaths. William Shakespeare gathered his ideas from cultural and religious aspects of Europe in the 1500s, but for this particular play, rather than generating his own basic idea his play spawned from a poem written in 1562 by Arthur Brooke, named 'The Tragical History of Romeus and Juliet' . Brookes poem was very bonny, lovely and more wordy as opposed to Shakespeare's incorporated version which is descriptive but a lot more quick moving. Brookes poem took place over a period of nine months and Shakespeare's play took place over a span of a mere four days, so although Shakespeare's play was very romantic and descriptive in love, it is questionable that this is love as it took flight over a time of four days, so we could suppose that this is not love but mere lust, but how long does it take to fall in love? Shakespeare may be portraying that love happens very quickly and that fate has a say in it, meaning you are either in love or not. However, even though Shakespeare used Brookes initial ideas he did change his play and added other influences. For example, he added the character of the nur... ... middle of paper ... ...' As opposed to the Montagues who dressed in unbuttoned Hawaiian shirts and sporting weird hair styles look stupid and laid back. This tells me that Luhrmann wanted to put across that the Capulets were to blame for the continuing hatred between the two families. Overall, after discussing who is to blame for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet, I have come to the conclusion that many people are to blame, and many factors contribute to the demise of the two lovers, e.g. fate contributes as I have stated earlier on, and also I feel that the power of love is to blame, but I have noted that characters are to fault too, they are Friar Lawrence and Tybalt. So many factors are responsible to the deaths and there is not one certain factor or equally character that is or are accountable for the tragedy of both Romeo and Juliet.

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