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Who Is To Blame For Romeo And Juliets Death Essay

Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

In Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare, the feud between the Montague and Capulet families led to the tragic deaths of Romeo and Juliet. It has been debated who is really the blame? I think that the person to blame for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet is mostly Romeo. In my opinion I would blame him for killing himself in such a hurry thus leading to Juliet’s suicide.

I think Romeo is too hasty and quick on his actions, because he is always running around as if everything were an emergency. An example is when he says, “O let us hence, I stand on sudden haste”. This shows that he is too quick and running around looking for Friar Lawrence to tell him something in a hurry. I think that he has to calm down and not be so hasty and plan things instead of being so sudden.

Romeo again is fickle and is speedy when he sees Juliet for the first time and falls in love with her. Romeo fell in love with Juliet almost immediately and he didn’t even think to get to know her better first.

“For I ne’er saw true beauty till this night.”
I’d say his love for Juliet is true love because he forgot about Rosaline and now he has moved on so quickly seeing Juliet and has fallen in love with her, but he doesn’t know that Juliet is Romeos’ family’s worst enemy. Romeo says almost the same thing to Rosaline,

“One fairer than my love! The all-seeing sun,
Ne’er saw her match since first the world begun.”

Another action showing how Romeo reacts is when he asks Juliet to marry him after knowing Juliet for just 1 day after the party. Romeo arranges the marriage, and gets the nurse involved with the marriage too. This is clearly shown when Romeo walks off the stage as he was struggling to get down the wall of Juliet and says, “By the hour of nine.”

Here Romeo is arranging the marriage at nine ‘o’ clock in the morning while
struggling to get down. Once they’re married, Romeo and Juliet should know that it would lead to more feuds in the two families, the Montague and the Capulet family. They already knew that the families disagreed but they went ahead, disobeying their families.

Another place to show Romeo’s attitude is when he kills Tybalt for killing Mercutio, his attitude here increases rapidly and he gets really angry and stabs Tybalt. His anger is shown when he says angrily

“And fire-eyed fury be my conduct now!”

Here he is extremely angry and should control his attitude and he should think about what to do, instead of acting so quickly. Romeo killed Tybalt, because Tybalt killed Romeo’s best friend, Mercutio. I think anyone would’ve been a bit mad and want to get revenge but most people would think it through first. Romeo was too quick on his actions to killing Tybalt with his sword.

Friar Lawrence is also partly to blame for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet because he married them when he should have known that marrying them would bring tragedy and even more feuds in the future between the two families, Montague and Capulet. Friar Laurence should have understood that Romeo and Juliet were only young and they couldn’t think straight at the time. Others who are to blame is the Montague family, The Capulet family, also the Nurse and fate. The two families feuding made Romeo and Juliet want to run away or kill themselves.

Overall, I would say it is Romeo’s fault the most. It is understandable that their parents didn’t let them marry because of the grudge between the families. If their wasn’t this grudge, they wouldn’t have died but the parent’s didn’t know. Romeo on the other hand, should have known what would happen. Even when he saw Juliet pretending to be dead, he should have waited and called for help or friends instead of killing himself immediately.

Who is Most Responsible for the Deaths in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

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Who is Most Responsible for the Deaths of Romeo and Juliet

Romantic love stories are often ended with a tragedy, because of loss of passion or a loved one. These tragedies are often the result of one person’s actions that ended someone’s life or love. In the Romeo and Juliet play written by William Shakespeare, two citizens of Verona come together and fall deeply in love. Unfortunately their love comes to an end, along with their lives, because of a misunderstanding and a persistent feud between their families. Although there are many characters in this play that have contributed to Romeo and Juliet’s death, Friar Laurence is the person most to blame.

Friar Laurence’s actions throughout the play resulted in the two star crossed…show more content…

A second reason the Friar should be held most responsible is the fact that he gave Juliet a remedy in order to “fake” her death. Friar Laurence tells Juliet:
Take thou this vial, being then in bed, And this distilled liquor drink thou off;
When presently through all thy veins shall runA cold and drowsy humour, for no pulse
Shall keep his native progress, but surcease.(IV.i.93-97)

In this quote Friar Laurence is telling Juliet to take the vial and to drink it when she goes to bed. This fluid (while going through her veins) will make her cold and drowsy and make it appear as if she does not have a pulse. However, her blood will continue moving naturally and will not stop. If the Friar had not given her the vial, Romeo would not have heard the news that she was dead and therefore would not have killed himself in Capulet’s tomb. Another basis of accusing Friar Laurence of the deaths of the two, is the fact that Romeo did not receive the information about the plan. The Friar tells Juliet, “In this resolve. I’ll send a friar with speed/To Mantua, with my letters to thy lord” (IV.i.1123-124). The Friar is telling Juliet that he will send a friar to Mantua with a letter, saying their plan. He should have sent the letter personally and not relied on another friar to deliver such an urgent and important message. Since the entire plan was his idea he should have followed through with it, making sure the information was

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