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"Some shall be pardoned and some shall be punished" - Whom do you think is to blame for the tragic deaths of Romeo and Juliet?

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"Some shall be pardoned and some shall be punished" Whom do you think is to blame for the tragic deaths of Romeo and Juliet? Who is to blame for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet? Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy about two - star crossed lovers whose love cannot apart them from their two families. There are many people to blame for the tragic deaths. Friar Lawrence and the Nurse are just some of these people. The main theme of the play is fate and hatred. The attitude of hatred from the two families is responsible for the deaths because if the Montagues and the Capulets had not quarreled and they got along with each other, then Romeo and Juliet would not have married in secret. "Thy purpose marriage, send me word tomorrow, By one that I'll procure to come to thee, Where and what time thou wilt perform the rite, And all my fortunes at thy foot I'll lay." Tybalt from the Capulet keeps hatred alive between the two families. He started the fight between Mercutio and Romeo which results in Romeo getting banished. "....I hate the word, As I hate hell, all Montagues and thee." Lord and Lady Capulet are to blame for the tragic deaths of Romeo and Juliet because they should pay more attention to Juliet's wishes when she refused to marry Paris. ...read more.


No less at fault for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet is Friar Lawrence. When he first appears in the play, he is talking of how good intentions can sometimes have bad results. Friar Lawrence is the person that agreed to take these newly lustful children into the marriage ceremony in the hope that it will end the feud between the two families. "Doth with their death bury their parent's strife." "To turn your households' rancour to pure love." I think the Friar should never have married Romeo and Juliet because they are two children who are marrying at a young age. This means they are not capable of making major decisions on their own and they are rushing into things. This statement can be proved about Romeo because when he is banished he bellowed like a baby. The Nurse has to make young Romeo act like a man just to think of Juliet instead of himself. "Hold thy desperate hand! Art thou a man? Thy tears are womanish." Even though the Friar's intentions are good, he never should have married Romeo and Juliet just to stop the feud between the two families. In the end this was proven to be the motivation for the two children killing themselves. ...read more.


On the other hand, Juliet is responsible for her own death because she should not have deceived and disobeyed her parents by getting married to Romeo behind her parents back when they told her she was going to marry Paris. "The valiant Paris seeks you for his love." Like Romeo, she rushes into the marriage. She knows that she is already engaged to Paris at the time of the ball when she first meets Romeo. The most important reason for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet would be fate. The prologue suggests that fate is to blame. "Star-crossed lovers" and "death mark'd love." Romeo blames fate or misfortune for everything that goes wrong. "O, I am fortunes fool." "Some consequences yet hanging in the stars... By some vile forfeit of untimely death." Juliet however, does not blame fate for the things that go wrong. She blames he birth instead. "Prodigious birth of love is to me That I must have a loathed enemy." I have come to my conclusion that the tragic deaths of Romeo and Juliet are the consequences of the actions of several people. Benvolio is to blame because he told Romeo to go to the Capulet's party. Romeo and Juliet did not foresee the difficulties in marrying secretly. The Friar did not know the consequences of his actions when he married the couple and fate was to blame for the deaths. ...read more.

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