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Commentary on Romeo And Juliet Essay


Star-crossed lovers Take Their Own Lives

Shakespeares Romeo and Juliet

In Shakespeares Romeo and Juliet A pair of star-crossd lovers take their life (Prologue, 6) as a way to end the feud between the two households. The young lovers deaths could have been avoided if some situations had not occurred. If Nurse had reported the kiss Romeo and Juliet shared at the Capulet party, if she had not tried to bring the lovers together by delivering a message to Romeo, and not having betrayed Juliet by trying to convince her to marry the County the two may still be alive. Secondly, their deaths could have been avoided if Friar Laurence had told Romeo and Juliets parents about the marriage and not kept it so secretive, had not thought of such a plan to have them run off together, and if he had been more wise, him being a priest. Finally, Lord Capulet can be blamed for the deaths because he rushed Juliet into marriage, did not kick Romeo out of the Capulet party, and he threatened to disown her. If all this had not have happened, the two lovers could have been together.

The tragic deaths of Romeo and Juliet can be blamed on the Nurse. The Nurse witnesses the kiss Romeo and Juliet share at the Capulet party and does not report it. She simply keeps their relationship in secrecy. When nurse talks to Peter she was shocked that it were a very gross kind of behav-/iour (II.iv.158-159) in which she did not tell anyone of this behaviour. Nurse is stating that the kind of actions the young couple were doing, was very stunning for her to view. Moreover, Nurse is responsible for the deaths because she delivers a message to Romeo saying Juliet will meet him at Friar Laurences cell at 2 p.m. to consummate the marriage. Nurse says O, what learning is!/My lord Ill tell my lady you will come (III.iii.160-161). This shows how Nurse is letting the relationship go forth even though Romeo is banished from Verona. Responsible for Juliets well being, Nurse should know better than to bring an exiled man back. Finally, Nurse betrays Juliet by instructing her to marry Paris although Nurse has been supporting Juliets relationship with Romeo. Nurse tells Juliet I think it best you married with the County (III.v.219) right before she betrays her. The Nurse is going against her word and telling Juliet she should marry Paris, whereas she has already married Romeo. With the evidence shown, Nurse is clearly responsible for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet.

Lord Capulet plays a huge role in the play in which he can be blamed for the tragic deaths of Romeo and Juliet. First off, he can be at fault because he did not kick Romeo out of the Capulet party. Because of Lord Capulet, Juliet and Romeo met and fell in love with each other. Capulet wants of Tybalt to do him disparagement;/therefore be patient, take no note of him: (I.v.70-71). Lord Capulet has told Tybalt to treat Romeo in a matter unsuited to his rank as a Montague. Furthermore, Lord Capulet is to blame for the death of his daughter and Romeo because he eagerly plans for Juliet to marry Paris when he says

Friar Laurence can also be responsible for Romeo and Juliets deaths. Friar agrees to marry the young lovers and does not tell either of their parents. Romeo and Juliets marriage is kept in secrecy by not telling anyone except the Nurse.

Friars plan for Juliet to take thou this vial[and you will appear] like deathand then awake as from a pleasant sleep (IV.i.93-106) has many problems. Friar Laurences plan is to have Juliet drink a potion that will have her appear dead until Thursday night, after her arranged marriage ceremony. Furthermore, Friar is responsible for their deaths because he leaves Juliet in the tomb with a dagger, in which she uses to be breiefand let me die (V.iii.167-170). Juliet stabs herself with the knife so that she may rest with her one true love, Romeo Monatgue. It is evident that Friar Laurence is responsible for Romeo and Juliets death.

In conclusion, the evidence is clear that Romeo and Juliets deaths could have been avoided if Nurse had been more nurturing of Juliet and backing her up when her parents were forcing her to marry Paris. Moreover, if Lord Capulet had not been so firm with his choices for Juliet, the two may still be alive. Also, their deaths could have been abstained from if Friar Laurence had been more wise and knowledgeable in his decision making for the couple. Clearly, had these characters not taken such action, Romeo and Juliet may still be alive, happily.

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