In the Italian city of Verona, two families hate each other. Romeo is from the Montague family and Juliet is a Capulet, but they fall in love at first sight. This is their tragic love story.

Have you seen the film? The 1996 film version of Romeo and Juliet was a huge success and people love the story just as much today as when the play was first published in 1597!

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Are Romeo and Juliet’s deaths just a tragic accident? If not, who is responsible? 

Do you think the story of Romeo and Juliet is relevant to life today?


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GustafBen 13 March, 2016 - 19:01

Their deaths were accidents as a result of a strong hate between the two families. I think this can relatable to today's world with a strong hate being created between different groups of people that, when they finally have a mutual lose or enemy, unite when it's too late.

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FeddiH 13 March, 2016 - 18:33

Their deaths were in a way accidents, but they were caused by the hatred that the families had against each other. The people that should be blamed for their deaths are definitely their families. The deaths would probably not have occurred if it wasn't for the hatred that the families portrayed.

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Alvv 13 March, 2016 - 18:29

If their families hadn't hated each other they wouldn't have died the way they did. I believe that it was a tragic accident, and that they both died because of a big misunderstanding. If anyone is to blame it's their families, since they hated each other.

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Daffodil4 13 March, 2016 - 16:50

I think that their deaths were not an accident, because the feud between the two families would have killed them even if Juliet didn’t take the drug at that time. It was tragic that Romeo didn’t get the message from Friar Lawrence. Then Juliet and Romeo could have escaped, but they would probably eventually have been found and killed when the families understood they had escaped. The story of Romeo and Juliet is relevant to life today, since forbidden love can still lead to tragedy.

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daisybuchanan 13 March, 2016 - 15:44

I don't think that Romeo and Juliet's deaths were accidents, since they both committed suicide intendedly. So really, it's their own faults that both of them are dead, seeing as they were the ones to decide to take their own lives. But I don't think that they would have committed suicides if their families weren't enemies; because if they weren't, they wouldn't have had to hide their love, and they'd be accepted, and they wouldn't have committed suicides because they were unhappily in love.
I think the story is relevant to life today because in a sense, Shakespeare is trying to tell us to let go of our pride and think about what it does to others.

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agnesn 13 March, 2016 - 15:25

I wouldn't call it a tragic accident, since both Romeo and Juliet knew what they were doing when they killed themselves. Still, I do not consider their deaths to be suicide. It was the love that killed them, and the strict rules they had to live by. In my opinion, there are many people responsible for their deaths. The person who failed the delivery, Juliet's parents, and the feud itself. Romeo and Juliet is definitely relevant to life today. Forbidden love is a problem in cultures where young women are forced to get married. There are situations where LGBTQ+ people haven't got the approval of their parents to date whoever they want, etc.

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Dugg 13 March, 2016 - 14:58

The story of Romeo and Juliet is in most movie nowadays but in different form and I think its very relevant to today society and always will be as long as love exists. There deaths were accidents but could have been stopped, if only their families wouldn’t had been enemies and would have approved Romeo and Juliet’s love the wouldn’t have ended up as it did.

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Paula2205 13 March, 2016 - 12:43

I believe their deaths were tragic accidents. The loss of a loved one can be very hard, especially under their circumstances. Of course, if their families hadn't had this horrible hatred for each other, their suicides wouldn't have taken place. But I find it beautiful that the families finally could unite through sorrow.
This classic story can still be applied to life today. There are still groups of people in the world who dislike each other, but Romeo and Juliet shows that love is stronger than that. The story might help couples who find each other in similar (maybe not quite as dramatic) situations.

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matildae 12 March, 2016 - 14:20

I somehow believe their deaths were accidents, but I also think they would not have died if their families had not hated each other, because if Romeo and Juliet had been allowed to love and marry each other, Juliet would never have faked her death and perhaps the story would have had a happy ending.

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TheVolumebar 11 March, 2016 - 17:08

I think their deaths were an accident, but it was 'forced', if one can put it that way, by the hatred of their families. If they had felt safe to express their love without fearing something terrible to happen. I don't see how it's relevant today, perhaps as a comparishment to how we fight, and leave dead bodies in our Wake, just like the Capulets and Montagues.

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Ameno 10 March, 2016 - 17:43

In my opinion Romeo and Juliet's death was just an accident. Romeo didn't get the message that Juliet had just taken a drug and kills himself. But this would've never happened if the two families didn't hate each other so much, but their death was mostly an accident.

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LallareN 10 March, 2016 - 17:37

I think that you can blame the tragic accident entirely on the two families whose rivalry didn't allow for the two to get married. Had they been friends and not enemies, none of this would have happened.

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CheckpointKalle 9 March, 2016 - 18:33

I'm afraid their deaths weren't just tragic accidents, but the result of two families "dark feud", which neither Romeo nor Juliet could chose not to be a part of. This is perhaps even more tragic than if their deaths would have been accidents, at least according to me.

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lor123 9 March, 2016 - 17:28

I don't think their deaths were tragic incidents, it was caused by the feud between the families. The feud made them take actions they otherwise wouldn't. The story is important because it shows that love isn't something other people surrounding the couple should try to stop (unless the relationship is harmful of course) because people often don't choose who they fall in love with.

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Stinaj 8 March, 2016 - 19:56

In my opinion, Romeo and Juliet's deaths was just a tragic accident, as Romeo never got the message from Friar Lawrence telling him that Juliet had taken a drug to fake her death. However, if the two families hadn't been in a feud with each other, the couple wouldn't have had to take such drastic measures to be together.

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adde00 8 March, 2016 - 18:41

Their death is not just a tragic accident. I believe that the two families are responsible for their deaths because they didn't allow Romeo and Juliet to be together. The story is absolutely relevant for today and forever, there will always be hopeless love between people.

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Illuziya 28 February, 2016 - 20:49

I like this. It like "Leile and Majnun" work of Nizami Ganjavi. But Nizami wrote about 300 years before from Skakespeare.

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Jonathan - Coor... 21 January, 2016 - 12:29

Hi maliquik. :) What did you think of the video?
Jonathan (LearnEnglish Teens Team)

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poppymoore 8 January, 2016 - 05:30

Well, I am not sure if there are any modern day Romeo and Juliets but i think true love like theirs exists.Their death could not blamed on anyone other than the hatred between their families. If Romeo and Juliet had confidence in their families then the tragic incident would not have taken place.

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Silvermist 3 January, 2016 - 08:42

I have no idea whether Romeos and Juliets still exists today yet as to whether it was a tragic accident, that I have my analyses. Tybalt and mecrutio they die by hate not by chance. But Romeo and Juliet?
The play has many themes, and fate is one of them. So I think it was the inevitable fate of Romeo and Juliet to die. The friar seems to think it's his fault but it's not. The blame does fall into the hands of the Montague and Capulet but then again not entirely.
The whole drama would have been a cheerful comedy if not for the sombre deaths. Their death is neither their fault for both of them had no tragic flaw like the other characters in Shakespearean drama. They reunite in death triumphing the bond of love between them which I guess must have been Shakespeare's motive to make it serve to heal the wound between the Montague and the Capulet. Romeo and Juliet, in my opinion lies in a line as which I quote my own " the deaths of two innocent teenagers in love, extinguishing the fire of two families admist extinguishing their own love."

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Elsa007 1 January, 2016 - 15:15

Well, the epilogue seems to be as a result of an accident, but I think it's hard to blame someone. Maybe, they were meant to be together forever anyway……..☆

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