In Romeo And Juliet Who Is To

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"Some Shall Be Pardoned and Some PunishÀd." Who is responsible for the tragedy of "Romeo and Juliet"? There are many people involved in the tragedy of "Romeo and Juliet", but no one person is directly responsible. The tragedy is initiated by Romeo and Juliet falling in love because fate has pre-destined their meeting. All the other characters play a role in helping indirectly the scenes of misfortune take place. If the feud had never taken place, there would not be the hostility and rivalry between the two families. Overall many things lead to the tragedy, but there is no single person responsible.The feud causes many problems arising in the play. The prologue supports this when it predicts the forthcoming misfortune "From ancient grudge break to new mutiny Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean" the grudge mentioned means the basis of the feud. The civil brawls mentioned are between Mercutio and Tybalt, Romeo and Tybalt, Paris and Romeo. If the feud was not started by some grudge or disagreement between the Capulets and the Montagues a long time ago the six people deaths in the play would not arise. At the end of the play he says "Scourge is laid upon your hate That heaven finds mean to kill your joys with love". In that extract, the prince refers to heaven as a means of fate. The fact is that the two families do not know what the feud is about because it has gone on so long. The families have forgotten what the feud is about, yet this does not stop the rivalry between the whole families.Fate is a major contributor to the deaths in the play. The future is predestined from the stars, at the beginning in the prologue some characters are destined to die. "Doth with their death" their death however ends any future deaths because the two families put the feud behind them and look to the future. Fate is referred to by many characters several times a total of eleven times. Romeo realises what has happened and that fate has decided his future "Oh, I am fortunes fool", at the banquet when he realises she is a Capulet. In addition, at the end of the play the big tragedy that causes the deaths of Paris, Romeo then Juliet can be traces back to Friar Lawrence's letter sent with Friar John to be delivered to Mantua. Containing the vital information saying about the plan, which means Juliet, is asleep in a death like manner. Because Balthasar tells Romeo, that Juliet is dead before the letter arrives. He goes back to Verona and finds an Apothecary willing to give him a toxic potion. He thinks that he can alter what fate wants to happen "I defy you stars". The reason that fate plays a big role in the play has a lot to do with the time the play was written. The play was written in 1595 during the Elizabethan period when fate was strongly believed. If fate was a person, I think that he would be punished severely.The parents of both families are very much involved in the tragedy. Juliet's parents pressure her in the end to marry Paris, but she does not...

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