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Responsibility For Romeo And Juliet's Deaths

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Responsibility for Romeo and Juliet's Deaths

There is much controversy to who is to blame for the deaths of Romeo
and Juliet, a number of things and people could be held responsible
for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. But who is responsible for their
deaths? Even before the play begins the grudge between the Capulet and
Montague families has begun. Because of this, it becomes imminent that
one thing or event will start off a sequence of incidents that will
end in tragedy.

The on-going feud between the Montague and Capulet families could be
held responsible for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet, because if their
was no feud between these families then Romeo and Juliet would have
been able to have a safe normal relationship in which their family
would have agreed to. The feud meant that they had to keep their
relationship under wraps and tip-toe around their families. The
ancient grudge between the two families meant that if one member of
either family found out about Romeo and Juliet then they would be

‘If they do see thee, they will murder thee.’

The family feud between the Montague and Capulet families could also
be held responsible for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet because they
both grew up with people dieing within the families because of the
grudge. For instance Mercutio and Tybalt, Mercutio was a very loyal
friend of Romeo’s and Tybalt was Juliet’s cousin. The deaths of these
characters meant that Romeo and Juliet were both distressed and
unhappy, and thus could have given more reason to their own deaths,

‘ A’ Thursday let it be, a’ Thursday, tell her,

She shall be married to this noble earl.

Will you be ready? Do you like this haste?

We’ll keep no great ado – a friend or two.

For, hark you, Tybalt being slain so late,

It may be thought we held him carelessly,’

The family feud could, again, be held responsible for the deaths of
Romeo and Juliet because the way they were both brought up meant they
were surrounded by hate and violence,

‘Three civil brawls bred of an airy word,

By three, old Capulet, and Montague,

Have thrice disturbed the quiet of our streets.’

Finally the family feud could be held responsible for the deaths of
Romeo and Juliet as it is this that starts off the chain of events
that lead to their deaths. For instance, the two family’s on-going
feud drives Romeo to kill one of Juliet’s relatives and thus he finds
himself banned from Verona. They then construct a plan to meet again,
but when the plan goes awry, the two star-crossed lovers take their
own lives,

The grudge between the Montague and Capulet families eventually leads
to the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. Even though other events and people
lead to their deaths, the ancient grudge is a main reason why these
‘two star-crossed lovers’ take their own...

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