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Who and What is to Blame for the Deaths of Romeo and Juliet?

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Who and What is to Blame for the Deaths of Romeo and Juliet? In William Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet, there is much controversy to who is to blame for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. In this tragedy, the two family's on-going feud drives Romeo to kill one of Juliet's relatives and thus he finds himself banned from Verona. They then construct a plan to meet again, but when the plan goes awry, the two star-crossed lovers take their own lives. The question now, where to lay the blame of their deaths. The deaths can be blamed on the parents, the friar, or Romeo and Juliet themselves. Fate and chance also play a part in the play. The parents of Juliet can easily be seen as the motive for their deaths. One reason for this is that they are pushing Juliet to marry Paris. 'Sir Paris, I will make a desperate tender of me child's love... a Thursday, tell her she shall marry this noble earl' (Act3, Scene4 12-21). This section shows Capulet's agreement with Paris to have him marry Juliet. Juliet loves Romeo, and not Paris, but her father's thoughts of Paris being a suitable match make it so she has to marry him. ...read more.


If he had not married them, then maybe Romeo and Juliet would have forgotten about each other, or run away together, or solved their problems in other ways. The friar also could be blamed because he is the one who thought of the plan. By doing this, he foreshadows the deaths. He gives another complication to the plot, while he is still trying to do well. His plan, although it could work, probably is not plausible. This is seen by all the bends that have to take place in order for it to actually work. 'Hold, daughter. I do spy a kind of hope...And in this borrowed likeness of shrunken death, thou shalt continue two and forty hours and then awake from a pleasant sleep...In the meantime, against thou shalt awake, shall Romeo by my letters know our drift and hither shall he come'(Act4 Scene1 68-115). This tells of the friars plan and shows how outrageous it truly is. Lastly, Friar Lawrence could be to blame because he should have been there in the cell to stop Romeo from killing himself and so Juliet from killing herself too. ...read more.


what is being said here by Lord Capulet to Tybalt is quiet pleasing about Romeo so he may have given Romeo and Juliet a chance if they were honest. If the children were more grown up, then they would have seen what the future could bring them and may not have made such haste decisions. 'Well, Juliet, I will lie with thee tonight. Let's see for means. O mischief thou art swift to enter in the thoughts of desperate men. I do remember an apothecary' (Act5, Scene1 34-37), tells of how Romeo heard of Juliet's death and decides that he can't live without her and so he will kill himself to be with her. This passage shows again how the Romeo and Juliet could have been at fault for their own deaths. There are many to blame for the deaths, the parents, Friar Lawrence, and Romeo and Juliet, but each has its own good qualities of why it could be those people. It is really a personal decision on who is at fault and how you view the play. But either way, someone is to blame. ...read more.

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