Most people know Shakespeare for his famous play, Romeo and Juliet in which is a tragic story about two decedents from ongoing feuding noble families. In this play, the two lovers (Romeo and Juliet) meet causing more disturbance between the two families which lead to Romeo and Juliet’s tragic death. Their deaths are caused by three main characters, Tybalt, Mercutio, and Friar Lawrence by inducing more disruption than they could handle.
Romeo and Juliet is a love story told throughout the ages.It tells the story of a love story that ends with fateful death. Though it only lasts four days, it has been remembered for hundreds of years. But, who was responsible for the deaths of the two lovers? Who ended the most well known love story of all time? Was is the parents of the families, or maybe the Friar who allowed them to get married? There are three points of their deaths: the foreshadowing, how it happened, and who was responsible.
Romeo and Juliet, the Shakespearean playwright of two star crossed lovers, ends in two tragic deaths of both Romeo and Juliet. Who can be hold responsible for their deaths, when so many things went wrong along the way? Many could be held responsible for the deaths of the two lovers, but Romeo himself deserves to carry the heavier load of responsible for not only his death, but the death of his lover, Juliet as well. The young boy’s acts of irresponsibility, impulse, belligerence, immaturity, and streak of bad decisions only brought definite consequences to both himself and Juliet.
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.
“I do protest I never injured thee But love thee better than thou canst devise Till thou shalt know the reason of my love. And so, good Capulet, which name I tender As dearly as my own, be satisfied.” (Act 5 Scene 1) Romeo refuses to fight Tybalt because he's just married to Juliet, Tybalt's cousin. According to Tybalt, Romeo has dishonoured himself by refusing to fight.
‘’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.
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.
Ultimately, Romeo and Juliet are to blame for their deaths. For instance, they could have chosen to take their time getting married, instead of rushing into it. Friar Laurence foreshadowed this point in act two, scene six. “These violent delights have violent endings...Too swift arrives as tardy as too slow.” (840) If they would’ve taken their time, they could’ve sorted out a more effective plan. Secondly, if Romeo hadn’t let his anger get the best of him after Mercutio died, he wouldn’t have been banned. Romeo lost his temper in act three, scene one. “Alive in triumph, and Mercutio slain?” (848) Romeo didn’t necessarily need to kill Tybalt because he would have eventually gotten caught and persecuted for his crime. Then, Romeo wouldn’t have
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.
While it can be debated over whether who actually cause Romeo and Juliet’s deaths, but based on textual evidence, I believe Friar Laurence is more directly involved with the deaths. In the play Romeo and Juliet, it is written so you decide who you think caused the two lovers deaths. Based on looking at the text, many people choose Capulet as the person who is most responsible for romeo and juliet’s deaths. I think that Capulet was definitely a factor involved in the Deaths of romeo and juliet because he wanted juliet to marry paris , however it’s Friar Laurence who has the responsibility of getting Juliet out of that situation. Consequently his ultimate failure was the final blow that pushed the events that led to their deaths into action.
I fully agree with this quote from W.H. Auden. In my opinion, everyone directly or indirectly contributes to the unfortunate outcome of the play. The ancient feud between the Capulets and Montagues has a profound effect on the lovers from the beginning of their connection. When Romeo and Juliet discover that they are from opposite families, they already know that there will be problems. The two families' inability to come together and settle their differences puts a burden on both Romeo and Juliet, and this burden impairs their decision-making to the point that they commit suicide. Auden effectively describes the situation occurring when he says that it is a “tragedy of a city.” Grief is felt throughout the city due to the losses of life, and the bitter feud of the two families ends only after the heartfelt deaths.
Recently, our reporters were successful in getting an interview with Benvolio Montague, who was present during the duel between Tybalt and Mercutio and is an salient eye-witness. In his interview, Benvolio claimed that Tybalt was always looking to catch a fight with Romeo, but Romeo would always refuse to be in a duel with Tybalt. That morning when Tybalt was trying to provoke Romeo into a fight, Romeo yet again refused to have a duel with Tybalt, which made Mercutio Honor bound to take Romeo's place in the duel. In the end of the duel, Mercutio was stabbed by Tybalt and lost his life. Romeo was Infuriated by this and in order to avenge the death of his friend, he battled Tybalt and took his life in the duel. This interview gives as an indication that if Tybalt did not sought to fight Romeo, this whole incident could have been avoided.