Romeo and Juliet are to Blame for Their Own Deaths

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Romeo and Juliet are to Blame for Their Own Deaths Shakespeare is said to be one of the greatest sonnet and playwrights of the last millennium. In this assignment I am going to explore and write about one of Shakespeare's most famous and talked about plays "Romeo and Juliet". Shakespeare didn't only write tragedies (Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy as we will see in throughout this task). He also wrote comedies, sonnets, love and many other different styles of play. Throughout the assignment I am going to delve deeply and go into detail about every aspect of the statement "are Romeo and Juliet to blame for their own deaths?" In order to come to a strong conclusion I am going to look into characters and their roles, language, ideas/themes and structure. Shakespeare was born on April 3rd 1564 and was raised in Stratford upon-Avon. From an early age Shakespeare showed a creative flair and genius for story and play writing. After many successful plays nearing the end of his second period Shakespeare wrote Romeo and Juliet, the play of discussion in this task. Having said this Shakespeare never actually invented the idea of the play Romeo and Juliet, several writers from Italy, France and Britain had all written plays about two lovers from opposing families. Despite this Shakespeare made a very good adaptation and that is why his is the most famous play of the several previous attempts. In order to understand this question it would be helpful to have some background information on the play and its contents. The very first scene of the play gives the audience an idea that there is a conflict going on in the city of Verona between two f... ... middle of paper ... ...f this in Romeo and Juliet would be when Romeo goes to kill himself. The audience knows that Juliet isn't dead and it is hinted at by the way she looks to Romeo. "Thou art not conquer'd, beauty's ensign yet Is crimson in thy lips and in thy cheeks," Romeo kills himself in despite of this which makes Romeo and Juliet a tragedy. In conclusion I have learned that it was not Romeo or Juliet's single actions which led to their deaths. A turn of events including certain characters such as Friar Lawrence, prince, Mercutio, Tybalt, chemist, Nurse etc all help lead up to their deaths in different ways. Of course Romeo and Juliet are partly responsible but without other events such as Friar Lawrence's late letter, then perhaps they would not have died. Therefore Romeo and Juliet are not to blame for their own deaths.
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