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Who or what is to blame for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet?

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Who or what is to blame for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet? Beliefs are rested on the idea that fate killed Romeo and Juliet. People at this time also believed in arranged marriages. However many people and things can be considered to have increased the risk of their deaths therefore who or what is to blame for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet? Friar John must take some of the blame for their deaths, as the failure of the letter reaching Romeo is his fault. I could not send it- here it is again- Nor get a messenger to bring it thee, (5.2.15). Consequently this letter fails to reach Romeo and therefore the lovers are split, not knowing what is happening and ending up with them both killing themselves. If this letter had been delivered the couple may still be alive. However Friar John explains to Friar Laurence that So fearful were they of infection. (5.2.16). This tells us that the failure of the letter not reaching Romeo is a mistake as people are anxious about the infection, which they may catch. In the play Friar John has a very small role, but nevertheless must take a part of the blame. The Prince has to be fair and look at both sides of the arguments, which take place between the two families this is his job. ...read more.


he describes her physical attributes. His state of mind is also shown during the play when he speaks in prose. Mercutio may be to blame for the death of Romeo and Juliet, due to the fact that when he has a duel with Tybalt, he is killed. His last words in the play are, A plague o' both your houses! They have made worms' meat of me: I have it, And soundly too. Your houses! (3.1.108) This is a curse on both families of the feud and it shows what Mercutio actually thinks about the argument between both houses; this curse may be one factor that causes the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. Alternatively Mercutio features in a different way in their deaths. Mercutio dies in a duel, however he is selfish and without thinking starts the fight with Tybalt when he says, "will you walk?"(3.1.74). Tybalt fights with Mercutio, as Romeo doesn't want to fight him. Romeo then feels responsible for Mercutio's death leaving him feeling guilt. Mercutio can be given some of the blame for their deaths. Capulet's daughter is Juliet, of whom he is very protective; we are told this when he says to Paris Earth hath swallow'd all my hopes but she; (1.2.14). This line also tells us that Juliet means the world to him. ...read more.


One major action, which the Friar could take, will put a stop to at least one of their deaths- Juliet's. Come, go, good Juliet. - [Noise again] I dare no longer stay. (5.3.159). This line is a small speech to persuade Juliet not to kill herself because Romeo misunderstands Juliet's state and kills himself. The Friar says to Juliet I dare no longer stay. (5.3.159). This shows that the Friar worries about getting the blame for this incident as he prepares and sets up the plan for Romeo and Juliet to be together again. With more persuasion he could have stopped Juliet killing herself, but he worries about getting the blame. The Friar has definitely contributed to the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. I think that everybody in the play is partly to blame for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. The play is a tragedy and each character adds to the catastrophe. I also think that Romeo and Juliet are to blame for their own deaths. Some characters have only a small part of the blame such as Friar John and the Prince, whereas others take a large part of the blame such as the Nurse and Friar Laurence. I don't think individually one person is responsible. No one intends to kill Romeo and Juliet- most people are either trying to help the couple or aren't aware of what is happening. Erin Peyman 10O - 1 - ...read more.

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