The Deaths Of Death In Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet

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Assigning someone the blame, or pointing fingers, happens often when reading. Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is no exception. The story is about two star-crossed lovers who fall deeply in love, then tragically die by their own hands. The blame could be given to the most prominent characters. However, many small decisions made by numerous people caused Romeo and Juliet to end tragically. To begin with, the most guilty to blame for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet would be the family feud. At the start of the play, the audience is introduced to a long-standing feud between the houses. If Capulet and Montague had not been at war with each other Romeo and Juliet's marriage would not have had to be done in secret. The Prince exclaims, “See what …show more content…
At first, the Friar believes the love to be a passion that will pass. Friar Lawrence then changes his mind, believing the marriage would end the house feud that was plaguing the whole populace of Verona. In consent to Romeo's wish to have Friar Lawrence wed him to Juliet, the Friar replies, “For this alliance may so happy prove, to turn your households’ rancor to pure love.”(Act Ⅱ, scene 3, Lines 98-99) Later on the Friar, in an attempt to fix things, comes up with a plan he believes will work. Friar Lawrence devises to give Juliet a potion to make her appear dead, so that he can have time to contact Romeo and get the two lovers out of Verona to be together. “Shall Romeo by my letters know our drift, and hither shall he come, and he and I will watch thy waking, and that very night shall Romeo bear thee hence to Mantua.”(Act Ⅳ, scene 1, Lines 116-119) Friar does this, “To chide away this shame.”(Act Ⅳ, scene 1, Line 75) The Friar does this to attempt to clean not only the shame Juliet feels, but the shame Friar Lawrence has for guessing incorrectly and consenting to join Romeo in marriage to Juliet. Friar could have stopped the scourge by never marrying the two lovers. He would be blameless if the event of their deaths still happened. Obviously, Friar Lawrence had as big a part as any in the deaths of Romeo and …show more content…
However, both Romeo and Juliet were young lovers in tight circumstances that were almost never in their control. To begin Romeo was in recovery from his first love, Rosaline, through no fault of his own, rejected Romeo’s love for her. After falling in love with and marrying Juliet, Romeo is pressured into a fight with Tybalt, Juliet’s cousin, and ends up getting banished. Romeo cries to Friar Lawrence, “Wert thou as young as I, Juliet thy love, an hour, but married, Tybalt murderèd.”(Act Ⅲ, scene 3, Lines 68-69) Both Romeo and Juliet are in distress over Tybalt’s death and Romeo’s banishment. Juliet is also in distress over her arranged marriage with the County Paris. Lord Capulet is angered by her disobedience and calls Juliet, “A whining mammet, in her fortune’s tender.” (Act Ⅲ, scene 5, Line 196) This only causes Juliet to rebel against her parents more and take even more drastic measures. Both Juliet and Romeo were in unfortunate circumstances that caused them to act so

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