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Who Was Responsible For The Tragedy In Romeo And Juliet

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Who Was Responsible For The Tragedy In Romeo And Juliet? "Romeo" and "Juliet" are a symbol for love. For centuries, no story of love has been more powerful, famous and moving than The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet. The invincible love, gallant actions, and devoted promises of the two lovers touch our hearts. However, who is to blame for the deaths in the play? I believe Friar Laurence certainly holds some responsibility. He marries the Romeo and Juliet, offers Juliet to drink the potion, and fails to send the letter to Romeo which was his responsibility to make sure it did reach him, and runs away from the vault after all has ended in calamity. Romeo and Juliet are married by the Friar even though he believes that this marriage shall lead to disaster - the feuding families will literally kill one another because of it. When Romeo tells Friar Laurence about his marriage to Juliet, the Friar is worried as he knows the outcome: These violent delights have violent ends And in their triumph die, like fire and powder, Which, as they kiss, consume (II, VI, l. ...read more.


97-99). Being a holy man, the Friar always believes the positive side. However, he should have a second thought, for the feud between the two families has been ancient and brutal. Can the alliance of Romeo and Juliet really help to end the feud? He stated this himself - and then he pulled back on his words. Why? Later on, this marriage does result in calamity, and as a result takes the lives of Mercutio, Tybalt, and Lady Montague. Had Friar Laurence not made Romeo and Juliet one, these deaths would not have occurred. In essence, he is not only responsible for Romeo and Juliet's death but also Mercutio, Tybalt, and Lady Montague's. Another point, is that the Friar offers Juliet the potion, which for 42 hours puts her to sleep in order to prevent the marriage with Paris. When Paris finds Juliet dead on the day of their marriage, he feels angry towards Juliet: Beguiled, divorced, wronged, spited, slain! ...read more.


plan: In the meantime, against thou shalt awake, Shall Romeo by my letters known our drift, And hither shall he come, and he and I Will watch thy waking (IV, I, l.115-118). Lastly, the Friar's own fear is to blame for the death of Juliet. When Juliet wakes up from her sleep, the Friar tells her that Romeo is dead. As a result, he directs Juliet to escape with him before the watch comes: Come, I''ll dispose of thee Among a sisterhood of holy nuns. Stay not to question, for the watch is coming. Come, go, good Juliet. I dare no longer stay. (V, III, l. 161-164) Juliet refuses to leave. Here the Friar gets scared. He almost allowed her to kill herself. He could have stopped her from taking out the dagger and as a result Juliet wouldn't have died too. Overall, I believe that the friar is totally responsible for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet and other major characters in William Shakespeare - Romeo and Juliet. ...read more.

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