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Who is Responsible for the Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet

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ivanna rose

on 11 June 2015

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Transcript of Who is Responsible for the Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet

Who is Responsible for the Death of Romeo and Juliet?
Romeo and Juliet were two young people from feuding families, who fell in love. Their love was so strong, that they ended up dying for each other. The ironic twist at the end of the story surprised many who had read it. But who is to blame for this tragedy? Many characters in this play could be to blame. We believe that some of the characters to blame are Capulet, Friar Lawrence, plus Romeo and Juliet themselves.
Calpulet could be the character to blame for the death of Romeo and Juliet, because he forced Juliet into marrying Paris. Capulet thinks that her marrying Paris will bring her happiness and plans a wedding for her. But when he informs Juliet about the wedding, she doesn't want to marry Paris. Capulet's response to this is, "Hang thee, young baggage! disobedient wretch! I tell thee what,--get thee to church o' Thursday, Or never after look me in the face: Speak not, reply not, do not answer me" (Act III scene v).
Capulet Cont.
This is Capulet's response for Juliet saying no. He gives her consequences if she doesn't go through with the marriage. Capulet believed that his daughter was disobeying his orders.
Capulet does not give her daughter any free will to make her own decisions. Therefore, it led to Juliet wanting to fake her own death and then eventually lead to the end to both Romeo and Juliet's lives. This is the reason why Capulet can be to blame for the death of the two lovers.
Romeo and Juliet
Juliet is partially responsible for the death of romeo because when he heard she was dead, he killed himself. This is only because Juliet hadn't told him that she wasn't actually dead. Romeo is partially responsible for Juliet's death because he killed himself and when Juliet saw that he was dead, she decided to killed herself.
Romeo and Juliet
Romeo and Juliet Cont.
Also they are both responsible for their own deaths because they didn't tell each others parents about their marriage. If they had told them, then Juliet wouldn't have had to pretend to be dead. So neither one of them would have had to kill themselves.
Romeo And Juliet Cont.
They let their fears take over and they took the easy way out. If they had wanted to, they could have just decided not to be together. They rushed into love that was forbidden by their families. Their families were in a feud, yet they both disobeyed their parents and married each other.
"The course of love, the tiding of her death; and here he writes that he did buy a poison" [Act 5 Scene I]
"I brought my master news of Juliet's death." [Act 5 Scene 1]
Romeo and Juliet Cont.
Friar Lawrence counsels, and fails to calm down both Romeo and Juliet at different points in the play. He clearly cares about both of the lovers, but his role is complicated: his choices lead to Romeo and Juliet's deaths. No matter how many times he warns Romeo not to be too hasty, Friar Lawrence fails to take into account just how hastily Romeo might respond to the news of Juliet's death.
Friar Lawrence
Friar Lawrence Cont.
This is not his only big mistake. Even more disturbing, Friar Lawrence runs out on Juliet at the end of the play when she refuses to leave Romeo's side. In his haste not to get caught with the mess he's just made, he abandons Juliet at the moment when she needs him most.

Many characters could be considered responsible for the death of Romeo and Juliet. These characters are Capulet, Friar Lawrence, and Romeo and Juliet themselves. If it their families weren't feuding, then things would've worked out better for them. All of these characters played a part of the death of Romeo and Juliet.
The song we chose for our presentation is "Neutron Star Collision (Love is Forever)" by Muse. We chose this song because it relates Romeo and Juliet's love. In the lyrics it says "Love if forever, and if we die, we die together". This is how Romeo and Juliet felt towards each other and it shows how strong their love for each other was.

Julian Black
Brandon Thomas
Malik Cole
Ivanna Rose
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