William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet
“Romeo and Juliet” is a romantic tragedy written by William
Shakespeare in 1595, which is over 400 years ago.
Romeo and Juliet are “two star-crossed lovers”, who fell in love at
first sight and struggle through circumstances, which ends with their
There are some characters that are to blame for their deaths and some
more than others.
The Montagues are someway to blame for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet
because of the feud have with the Capulets. However they are not one
of the main protagonists in the play.
On the other hand the Capulets are greatly to blame. For example
after Tybalts death if they did not force Juliet to marry Paris then
she would not have taken the position.
Before she does take it, Lord Capulet gets very aggressive towards
Juliet,” Get thee to church on Thursday, or never look me in face.” He
says this to threaten Juliet as if to say if you do not do this then
never come near me again.
At this point Juliet's mother, Lady Capulet, does not help Juliet
when she refuses to marry Paris, but simply washes her hands of
Juliet, ”Talk not to me for I’ll not speak a word.” This suggests that
Lady Capulet is not a very strong mother figure. This could have an
effect on Juliet as she may to have anyone to look up to, and
therefore would not want to strive for anything.
Where as the Nurse has been like a mother to Juliet and the nurse
would do anything to see Juliet happy,” I am a drudge and toil in your
This can help back the idea that the nurse acts as a go-between with
Romeo and Juliet. For example when she goes to Romeo to arrange the
marriage, and if she did not do that then Juliet would have been able
to marry Paris.
The nurse then keeps Juliet's marriage to Romeo a secret.
However there is a turning point when Lord Capulet tells Juliet to
marry Paris, the nurse sides with her father and says,” I think it
best you married the County.” She then leaves Juliet devastated and to
Some people would think that the nurse is not blame because she did
everything out of Love and that it was Fate that Tybalt died, so her
father tried to cheer her up and...