What Makes Romeo And Juliet A Tragedy And Who Or What Is To Blame?

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Romeo and Juliet is written by William Shakespeare and is a Shakespearian tragedy about two young lovers who are destined to be together. Their two families hate each other bitterly, which forces them to realise that they would rather be dead than live their lives apart.

In this essay I am going to look at who or what is to blame or responsible for this tragic loss of life.

Most people see a tragedy as a sudden unfortunate event, which leaves people sad, upset and possibly grieving. A Shakespearian tragedy is very different. A Shakespearian tragedy had to have more than one unfortunate event leading up to one major tragic event. The audience needs to feel pity, fear and a sense a ...view middle of the document...

For example, the letter sent by the Friar does not reach Romeo by a random incident. Secondly, fate puts Romeo and Juliet in opposite Houses and therefore puts their relationship under jeopardy. However, there is a conflicting side to fate. Romeo and Juliet made their own choices through out the play. Romeo goes to the Capulet ball despite his premonitions and knowing that Capulet is bitter enemy. Juliet makes a choice when she discovers that Romeo is her bitter enemy she has the chance to end her relationship. Although they make their decisions they may have been under the influence of ’True’ love and this could have been a series of unfortunate coincidences. This relates to Shakespeare’s idea of a tragedy where a tragedy was not one major unfortunate event but a series of unfortunate events or coincidences.

The first lines of the prologue tell us about the hate and envy between the two houses.

\"Two households, both alike in dignity... From ancient grudge to new mutiny“ Prologue, 1-3.

No leader of either household ever though about making peace, they were all too busy to spoil everything for the rival family. This made it impossible for Romeo and Juliet to have an open relationship, which made them have to go around in secret. They were forced to keep this secret to themselves and the nurse and they were not allowed to talk or see each other in public. The feud meant that Tybalt was automatically up for a fight whenever he saw a Montague this did not help Romeo and Juliet with their problems. Also the fact that it was ”wrong“ for Romeo and Juliet to be together made them stronger and willing to do all the could to be together in life or death.

The Nurse’s name is Angelica. I doesn’t suit her as she is slightly two-faced and she failed Juliet by not supporting her decision to remain married to Romeo. When Juliet first informs the Nurse of her love for Romeo, she is excited and encourages Juliet and help with preparations for the wedding. In Act 1 scene 4 the Nurse agrees to be the messenger to Romeo as she likes and wants to get involved in the relationship. After Romeo’s banishment and Tybalt’s death the turn Nurse turns on Juliet and takes Tybalt’s side as she is part of the Capulet household and Tybalt was Juliets cousin and realises blood is thicker than water. The Nurse tells Juliet to marry Paris after Romeo’s banishment which is bigamy and a sin and Elizabethan’s were very religious. The Nurse fails Juliet in Act 3 scene 5 as she defends Juliet when her father is shouting at her to marry Paris then she tell Juliet to Paris.

Capulet is responsible for the death of the young lovers as he fails Juliet and contradicts what he says about her marriage to Paris. First of all, in the play Capulet feels that he should wait a couple of years until Juliet and Paris know each other properly.

”Let two more summers with her in their pride, here we may think her ripe to be a bride.“

Capulet also feels that he should give...

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