The tragedy of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare has long been a topic of controversy regarding who is to blame for the death of the two protagonists. The two lovers themselves, Romeo and Juliet, each have their individual flaws which contribute to the drastic outcome of the story. Romeo is to blame because of his impulsive and arrogant personality. Juliet is to blame because of her excessive belief in fate, and willingness to succumb to her fate. The combination of the two brings misfortune and instigates their demise. The two lovers are to blame for their own deaths, as their individual flaws, when brought together, creates a chain of events that destroys their relationship.
In William Shakespeare’s play “Romeo and Juliet”, Shakespeare presents characters in difficult situations in Romeo and Juliet through various language techniques and structure. Romeo and Juliet were star-crossed lovers. Both Romeo and Juliet were from feuding families that would not approve of their marriage. In the play they are presented with many difficult circumstances. The play was set in the Elizabethan era; there was a significant change in religion, family and politics. Attitudes and key scenes highlight the theme of love in difficult circumstances and prepare the audience for Romeo and Juliet’s suicides at the end of the play. In this essay I will be exploring the ways Shakespeare presents characters in difficult situations.
“What do you want to be when you grow up?” is the question we hear so many times as children. Yet, growing up does not necessarily mean becoming an adult. Rather, growing up is the change within one’s self that is illustrated by a heightened awareness, the ability to think reasonably, and the proficiency to conduct themselves in an appropriate manner. In adolescence, we turn to the adults in our lives to aid us in understanding our choices as we become increasingly responsible for our own actions. During this time in our lives, adults with worldly experience direct us down the path of good judgment in order that we may learn how to make good decisions. They near essential to us, even though not everyone has this advantage. William Shakespeare’s famous and celebrated tragedy, Romeo and Juliet, depicts several instances in which the title characters, though still naïve, behave more responsibly and maturely than the misguided adult figures in their lives–those of the Houses of Capulet and Montague, especially Juliet’s parents, and the culpable Friar Laurence.
In the play Romeo and Juliet, written by William Shakespeare, we learn of the many hardships and highs Romeo and Juliet go through over the course of the story. The play Romeo and Juliet is based off two star-crossed lovers who are separated from each other due to a feud between their two families. Their love is so strong that at the end of the story Romeo and Juliet both end up committing suicide because they can’t live without each other. Whether it is problems with love, or them complimenting each other on how they feel about the other person, Shakespeare uses many literary devices to make the reader dig deeper into the context to find the meaning behind the sentence. Some of the literary devices are; similes, metaphors, and personification.
In the play ‘‘Romeo and Juliet’’ there is a lot of scenarios that could be held responsible for the downfall of the two lovers Romeo and Juliet. Throughout the play Romeo and Juliet go through a lot to be together, even though it doesn’t work out in the end due to the risk of what Romeo and Juliet are trying to accomplish. There is a lot of people that could be to blame like the Capulets and how they throw Juliet’s feelings to the side or Friar Lawrence for being irresponsible or simply just Romeo and Juliet’s fault for letting themselves get blinded by love and not think straight.
““All are punished” Prince Escalus proclaims that, Through the deaths of Romeo and Juliet, everyone is punished for the sin of the Montague/Capulet feud. Not all characters deserved this punishment although many characters had a hand in the tragic demise of the young lovers. Undoubtedly Lord/Lady Montague and Lord/Lady Capulet did. A feud began a long time ago between The Capulets and The Montagues. The families hate one another. Lord Capulet and Juliet argued about her marriage with Paris. Lord Capulet demanded her to leave if she didn’t agree to marry him. Juliet would be scared to leave because she would have to become a hooker to survive. Romeo and Juliet were killed. After all these years of a feud between Capulet and Montagues, they learned to respect one another and mourned about their children together.
‘’For never was a story of more woe than this of Juliet and her Romeo’’ – William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet. Romeo and Juliet are star crossed lovers and their lives are cut short by death. Are family wishes hazardous, or is it deadly to have flaws? Is the victim at fault here? In the play, Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare provides several of actions and influences that caused Juliet’s tragedy. The death of Juliet can be blamed on multiple factors. It is clear that she is partially to blame because of her personality flaw but also external forces such as family expectations played a role in her death.
Romeo and Juliet was a story between two people who loved each other but couldn't be together because their families hate each other. The main people to blame is Romeo and Juliet and her parents,for the death of romeo and Juliet and the destruction of Verona. Some of the reason of the destruction of Verona and deaths of Romeo and Juliet were that Romeo went to the Capulet party,also when Romeo fights then kills Tybalt and Juliet doesn't want to marry Paris.
In the well known tragedy by William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet , two teenagers from opposing families have “fallen in love”. They quickly and irrationally get married by Friar Lawrence, who is a trusted adviser to the both of them. Everything is working fine until Romeo and Juliet's cousin fight, and Tybalt dies. Juliet is grieving over Tybalt's death, but even more disturbed by Romeo’s banishment. After being secretly marrying Romeo and him gone, her parents tell her to marry Paris, in attempt to regain happiness in the family once again. After being counseled by the Friar, Juliet decides to fake her death. Romeo does not receive the message explaining this, and quickly rushes to Juliet’s tomb. He is grief stricken, and does
What if The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, wasn't a tragedy. The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, one of Shakespeare's classic plays and a timeless piece. As popular as it is for it's ending, we can't help but wonder if suicide was the answer to stop the family feud. I believe that this play wouldn't have been a tragedy if it wasn't for two lords, Tybalt, and Friar Luarence.
There are four areas that contribute to the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. It is important to study the cultural and historical background in which the play is set as this affects how characters behave and interact with each other. Another factor is individual characters and how their personalities and behaviour contribute to the deaths of the two protagonists. Love and hate affects the characters and causes the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. Some people believe that the events in the play happened because of fate and that they happened for a reason; others may think that the events of the play happened just by chance. Therefore it is important to study all four of
King Solomon of Israel once said, "A prudent man sees evil and hides himself, the naive proceed and pay the penalty" ("10 Biblical Principles For Making Wise Decisions"). As Solomon suggests, people who practice sensibleness do not expose themselves to negative situations by using reason and caution. However, when children show naiveness, they irrationally follow whomever they trust, resulting in impetuous choices and retribution. In Shakespeare 's The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, the Capulets ' selfishness and rage, Nurse 's passiveness and moral abandonment, and Friar Lawrence 's hastiness and insensitivity causes Romeo and Juliet 's alienation and desperation, showing the link between a lack of sensible guidance and rash decisions.
Romeo is primarily at fault because of his lack of judgement and his inadequate reasoning skills. If he had not been impulsive and taken his life, then Juliet would have lived. Heedless reasoning and the desire for love hinder Romeo’s judgment and lead to his and juliet’s demise; this theme is illustrated in the following events: Romeo’s instantaneous marriage to Juliet, and his decision to take the poison that would stop his heart. He placed little value on his own life, and took no time to consider how many people would be affected because of his actions.