Who Is Responsible For The Death Of Romeo And Juliet

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“A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life, whose misadventured piteous overthrows doth with their death bury their parents strife” ( prologue.5-7 ). Romeo and Juliet were destine to be together, but the unruly actions of their fellow peers caused the unfortunate death of the couple. By the end this tragic incident lead to concluding their families feud. Everyone knows the story of Romeo and Juliet, but who is responsible for their death? To say they killed themselves would be the obvious response. However, Capulet, Nurse and Friar are three characters who take responsibility in the tragic death of Romeo and Juliet by either helping or interfering with the couple.

The nurse is responsible for killing Romeo and Juliet by supporting
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On Juliet’s balcony, she says she will marry Romeo, he just needs to send her word on what is happening. Romeo rushes to Friar asking if he would do the honors of marrying himself and Juliet. With convincing, eventually Friar Lawrence agrees to marry them by saying, “...Young waverer, come, go with me, in one respect I’ll thy assistant be” (II.iii.89-90). By agreeing to join the couple in marriage, Friar sets up every bad event that happens to Romeo and Juliet. Had Friar decided not to participate in this action, Romeo and Juliet would not stay connected and their lives would be as were. When Juliet refuses her father’s assortment to marry Paris, and the Nurse turned her back on juliet, she seeks Friar for another plan. Sure enough, Friar Lawrence comes up with a risky plan of Juliet taking a sleep potion. Friar says in fear, “Thou shalt continue two and forty hours, and then awake as from a pleasant sleep” (IV.i.106-107). Unfortunately, since Capulet moved the wedding a day earlier, Juliet remained “sleeping” for twenty four hours more than planned. Juliet then woke up in her tomb, Romeo next to her dead. Knowing she could not bare life without her Romeo, she decides to take her life as well. As Juliet appears dead, Friar 's plan was to deliver a letter to Romeo in Mantua, stating Juliet is staging …show more content…
The feud going on between the Capulet and Montague households has gone on for as long as anyone can remember and not one person knows why. Lord Capulet does not see to their being any peace between the two household and continues to hold a grudge. He states, “My sword, I say! Old Montague is come...” (I.i.70). If Capulet got along with the montagues he support Juliet marrying Romeo Montague and Paris would be out of the problem, but Shakespeare does not make it that simple. Capulet’s views towards the Montagues create constant struggles for Juliet and Romeo to be together. All in place of Friar’s plan, Juliet returned home and apologized to her father for sinning and she agreed to marry Paris. Relived that his daughter finally listened, Capulet says, “Send for the county. Go tell his of this. I’ll have this knot knit up tomorrow morning” (IV.ii. 25-26). Capulet is so happy that Juliet decided to listen to him, he moves the wedding up a day, in fear she will change her mind again. The downfall of the wedding being moved up is that Friar’s plan in interfered because the potion will now wake her up later than planned. If Capulet did not move the wedding day up, all would be in plan for Romeo and Juliet to be together in Mantua. Juliet tells her father she will not marry Paris. Making him furious, he says, “An by you not, hang, beg,

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