Essay Who Is To Blame For Romeo And Juliet's Death

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A multitude of people led to Romeo and Juliet's demise. The Capulet family, Nurse, and themselves all played a pivotal role in the star-crossed lover's death. However, ultimately the blame falls on Friar Laurence. Friar Laurence finds Romeo and Juliet’s love silly and immature; this thinking leads to his lackadaisical view of their dilemma resulting in the death of the lovers.

Friar Laurence approves of Romeo and Juliet’s forbidden marriage. He is already setting them down a path of conflict. He is marrying a pair of children of two families that despise each other. Friar Laurence says to Romeo “But come, young waverer come, go with me, In one respect I’ll thy assistant be, For this alliance may so happy prove To turn your households’
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Friar Laurence had sent Friar John to get Romeo the message but instead “Here in this city visiting the sick, And finding him, the searchers of the town, Suspecting that we both were in a house Where the infectious pestilence did reign, Sealed up the doors and would not let us forth”-Friar John (Act 5 Scene 2). Friar John is not at fault for not getting Romeo the message, because he had prior obligations and responsibilities that he could not leave. Since the message was extremely urgent Friar Laurence should have either sent a messenger with only that task or delivered the message himself. Therefore Romeo does not know that Juliet is still alive and kills himself to be with her. When Juliet wakes up to the sight of her dead husband she kills herself. If Friar Laurence had taken the situation seriously and sent a more reliable person to give the message, Romeo would have saved Juliet. Thus preventing both suicides and continuing the line of the Capulets and Montagues.

The tragedy of Romeo and Juliet's death ultimately goes to Friar Laurence due to his inability to deny the wedding proposal, allow Juliet to fake her death, and getting the letter to Romeo. If Friar Laurence stopped the wedding and told the pair how foolish they were, he could have stopped the infatuation that led to their untimely death. If Friar Laurence had not allowed Juliet to fake her death, he could have convinced her to

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