Who Was to Blame for the Deaths of Romeo and Juliet? Essay

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Who was to blame for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet? In this essay I will be exploring the reasons as to why some people would argue that a certain person or people are to blame for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. I will show understanding of the plot, character and themes and Shakesperes use of language and dramatic devices within the play. Firstly, some people believe that the parents of Romeo and Juliet were to blame for their deaths because of the ongoing feud between the two families. The argument between the Montague’s and Capulets is mentioned in the prologue, ‘Two households, both alike in dignity, in fair Verona where we lay our scene, from ancient grudge break, to new mutiny, where civil hands make civil hands unclean, from…show more content…
Some would say yes. She knew from the start about Juliet’s love affair with Romeo yet she did nothing to stop it. She was doing what she thought would make Juliet happy, letting her have frequent contact with Romeo. The nurse worked as a position of authority in the Capulet Household which meant to take good care of Juliet, making sure she never came close to danger. . ‘ Hie you hence father Laurence’s cell, there stays you a husband to make you a wife.(2.5) This quote shows the nurse played a big part in the marriage of Romeo and Juliet, speaking to Friar Laurence and setting up a ceremony for the pair. By the Nurse informing the parents of Juliets love with Romeo, Juliet may have not benefited at the time, but in the long run, compared to how the play panned out, the Nurse making the Parents aware would have been very beneficial. Friar Laurence also played a big part in bringing Romeo and Juliet together, which lead to their death. Did friar Laurence lead the two to their painful deaths? Friar Laurence knew full well about the rivalry and hatred between the Montegue’s and Capulet’s. He knew it was a sin to talk to someone from the other family, not even to mention fall in love and get married. When Romeo visits Friar Laurence to see if he can marry himself and Juliet he says, ‘I’ll thy assistant be for this alliance may so happy prove to turn your household rancour to pure love.’ Friar Laurence thought
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