Who was to Blame for the Death of Romeo + Juliet? In the story of Romeo + Juliet, two families (Montague and Capulet) are bitter rivals. The problem for Romeo is that he is a Montague but has fallen in love with the daughter of Lord Capulet who has already been projected to marry Paris. Romeo sneaks into a Capulet house party and goes off with Juliet but when the two try to see each other, there is always something getting in the way. In the end, Romeo is deported out of the town for slaying Tybalt (Juliet’s cousin). Juliet decides enough is enough and takes a medicine that knocks her unconscious for 48 hours.
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She firstly writes Romeo a letter explaining what she is planning but tragically, it doesn’t get there. When Romeo hears that Juliet is dead, he rushes to her tomb and kills himself so they can rest in peace but when Juliet wakes seeing a dead Romeo, she too kills herself. The question I need to answer in this essay is; who was to blame for the death of Romeo + Juliet? I will answer this by looking into detail at different characters and what they did to contribute to the deaths and I will then come to a conclusion of whom (in my opinion) was to blame for the two tragic deaths. The first character I will look at is Juliet’s nurse. The nurse was very close to Juliet as her own daughter had died at a young age and so she saw Juliet as her second daughter. In reality, the nurse was much too soft on Juliet (unlike her parents). Juliet saw the nurse as a better carer than her blood parents and the nurse would abide by any request Juliet made. The nurse agreed to keep the relationship a secret and gave advice to Juliet on how they could possibly get married. Next is Friar Laurence, he was the Friar at the local church in Verona and he too was just like Juliet’s nurse. He agreed to marry them and gave personal advice to both of them individually. He was looked up on as an ideal father by both Romeo and Juliet. Friar Laurence should have never agreed to marry Romeo and Juliet as he should have known how much trouble it would have caused. Mercutio and Tybalt are next in line. Mercutio and Tybalt were always bitter rivals and were fighting at every possible opportunity. Mercutio gave Romeo the idea of sneaking into the Capulet mansion for the family party which was a very bad idea indeed. Tybalt was Juliet’s cousin and stuck up for Juliet in every way. When he heard that Romeo had fallen in love with Juliet he was furious which led to another fight between him and Mercutio in which he killed Mercutio. This led to Tybalt being killed by Romeo in the end. Juliet’s parents are next as they were strict and always though they were doing best for Juliet by not letting her do what she wanted to do. Juliet always fell out with her parents (particularly her father). Her father should not have forced her to marry Paris and definitely should not had brought her and Paris’ wedding forward. Another mistake of her parents was letting Juliet have such a nurse that would care for Juliet and let her do what she wanted. In conclusion, using what I have stated above, I believe that the nurse was most to blame for the deaths of Romeo + Juliet. This is because she was way too soft when looking after Juliet and the fact that she agreed to keep their relationship secret was criminal. The nurse should have been much stricter with Juliet and asked her parents before she did anything out of the ordinary.