Essay about Responsiblity for the Deaths of Romeo and Juliet

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Responsiblity for the Deaths of Romeo and Juliet

The final tragedy in the play ‘Romeo and Juliet’ is the death of Romeo
and Juliet. It’s a result of the feud of the two houses: Capulets and
Montagues, but amongst other likely causes are the personalities of
Romeo and Juliet. Romeo is ‘hot-headed’ and Juliet lacks experience in
life because of her young age. Other characters who play a significant
part in driving them to their deaths are: Tybalt, Mercutio, Friar
Lawrence, The Nurse, Old Capulet, Romeo himself and Juliet herself.
Also, the political circumstances in Verona have a part to play
because the Prince doesn’t do anything to stop the feud of the two
families. A ‘weak’ Prince adds tension
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This also points out
that in ‘Romeo and Juliet’ the two families can be similarly compared
to the Christian faith because everyone chooses which family/faith to
support. The reign of Elizabeth is famous for romantic intrigues.
Elizabeth (can be in comparison to Juliet) fell in love with the Earl
of Leicester (can be in comparison to Romeo) thus her closest advisors
wanted her to marry King Philip of Spain (which relates to Paris in
‘Romeo and Juliet’). However, Leicester’s own political carelessness
led to his arrest for treason. In the end, he was executed along with
his closest friends and allies who were thought to be in league with
him. Therefore, Elizabeth never married. Juliet’s lover ends up,
effectively, a victim of ‘state intervention’.

As we go on in the play of ‘Romeo and Juliet’ we discover that the
cause of the two lover’s death has someone responsible.

Tybalt’s anger, his argumentative nature and his deep and violent
hatred of the Montague’s is clearly responsible in part for the death
of the lovers. Tybalt’s hot-blooded nature leads him to confront the
Montague’s in Verona’s market…