Romeo & Juliet

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Romeo and Juliet was written by William Shakespeare in 1597.

Shakespeare was born in Stratford in 1564, he died in 1616.

He wrote many plays but Romeo and Juliet is best remembered for its story of love with a tragic ending.

In this essay, I will comment on the characters, what part fate played, and what happened by chance, before reaching the conclusion of who was responsible for the tragic ending.

The nurse was very helpful, she had brought Juliet up, and she did not want her to romance with Romeo at first. She is strict and is like a mother to Juliet. To begin with the nurse encouraged the relationship, only when Romeo killed Tybalt, did she turn her back. The nurse's daughter Susan died young and Juliet has in many ways replaced her with her nurse's affection. The nurse has obviously had a long and close relationship with Juliet, which explains why Lady Capulet calls her back to join in the discussion about her proposed marriage to Paris (A1 S3).

The friar is the one person to whom Romeo and Juliet can both turn to throughout the play. Everybody and everyone can speak well of him.

The suspicion might well be entertained of a real friar who had acted like Friar Lawrence. But Juliet puts aside the worry with the rather unconvincing reflection that he must be a holy man. " What if it be a poison which the Friar subtly hath ministered to have me dead, Lest in this marriage he should be dishonoured. Because he married me before to Romeo? I fear it is. And yet me thinks it should not, For he hath still been tried a holy man (A5 S3 L24-9).

The Friar gave Juliet the potion, Juliet believes in him because he...