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Romeo & Juliet: Who Caused Their Untimely Deaths?

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This Essay is about who is to blame for Romeo and Juliets deaths. It argues that Romeo was the person to blame for their deaths. Because of his inability to understand true love with Rosaline, his impatience and impulsiveness, and his poor self control. This essay also uses quotes from the play to support the arguement.Romeo & Juliet: Who Caused their Untimely Deaths?In the play Romeo and Juliet, lives are changed and bitterness between two houses lies deep in their hearts. As two young characters, Romeo and Juliet, begin their path to true and peaceful love, but their path is somehow always obstructed by something or event. These events in time have now led to their deaths. Romeo and ...view middle of the document...

..(I, i, 224-231)This helps their death because after Romeo supposedly breaks up with Rosaline he is forced to a party held by the Capulets to try to raise his spirits. This leads to Romeo meeting Juliet and their short path to true love.Secondly, Romeo is very impatient and impulsive. For example when Romeo meets Juliet, they immediately fall in "love". However, in the span of one night, they want to be married despite the fact that Juliet is a Capulet and Romeo is a Montague. When Juliet says "Where and what time thou wilt perform the rite" (II, ii, 146) shows clearly that both Romeo and Juliet want to be married. In addition, when Romeo is angered by Mercutio's death, he pursues Tybalt to extract revenge. Although Romeo may seem to do the moral thing he forgets completely about Juliet and the consequences of killing Tybalt: Death. Before Romeo fights with Tybalt he expresses his fury to Tybalt and this shows how Romeo acts on his impulsiveness:Now, Tybalt, take the villain back again,That late thou gavest me; for Mercutio's soulIs but a little way above our heads,Staying for thine to keep him company:Either thou, or I, or both, must go with him. (III, i, 124-128)After Tybalt is murdered by Romeo, Romeo must flee because the penalty for his action is death. Since Romeo is nowhere to be found the Prince banishes him. If Romeo is to be seen he is to be killed on that very spot. This makes Romeo realize what the consequences were to kill Tybalt as now he is not able to see Juliet or his family without being put in grave danger. Romeo then tries to kill himself:... Murder'd her kinsman. O, tell me, friar, tell me,In what vile part of this anatomyDoth my name lodge? tell me, that I may sackThe hateful mansion (III, iii, 105-108)In response to Romeo, the Friar tells him about what they will do and how they can reunite Romeo and Juliet so that everyone knows and giving hope to a desperate Romeo:For then thou canst not pass to Mantua;Where thou shalt live, till we can find a timeTo blaze your marriage, reconcile your friends,Beg pardon of the prince, and...

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