Wow! We have read Romeo and Juliet, attended a live performance, and watched two film versions of Shakespeare's most popular play. At the end of this tragic tale, the two lovers take their own lives. Who or what is to blame for their deaths? Consider the following questions as you formulate an opinion as to what it is that ultimately leads to this tragedy. Articulate your opinion in a well-written response that includes quotations from the play. Then read and comment on some of your classmates' opinions.
Are Romeo and Juliet innocent victims of fate and a fatal feud?
Are Romeo and Juliet tragic heroes because of their extreme infatuation and impulsive behavior?
Although Friar Lawrence tries to help the lovers, do his actions lead to their deaths? Is he reckless?
Most tragedies have a villain. Is Tybalt the real villain?
What about the Nurse? What is her role in the tragic deaths of Romeo and Juliet?
Is the innocence, virtue, and beauty of Romeo and Juliet's love destroyed by the disorderly and violent world in which they live?