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            William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, is about two star
crossed lovers who eventually kill themselves. Many characters in the play are
at blame for the death of Romeo and Juliet, but the three characters most to
blame are Romeo, Capulet and Friar Lawrence.  Firstly, Romeo is responsible for his own life
and the life of Juliet because he jumps to conclusions too quickly, thus
leading into the death of him and his lover. Secondly by making many decisions
for his daughter throughout the play, Capulet is to blame for the death of
Romeo and Juliet.  Thirdly, despite what
the other character’s may have done, Friar Lawrence is most to blame for the
death of the star-crossed lovers. Throughout the play, Friar Lawrence makes
many poor decisions that had the consequence of Romeo and Juliet taking their
own lives. Many people are at fault for the death of Romeo and Juliet, but the
character’s most to blame for their actions are Romeo, Capulet and Friar
Lawrence.

            Romeo is responsible for the life of Juliet and his own
life because he makes assumptions too quickly. Romeo Montague is at fault
because he falls in love with Juliet too easy. Even though he had only known
Juliet for a mere three days, before he took his own life because his relationship
with her, he became committed to his marriage with Juliet, thus leading into
their deaths. As Soon as Romeo hears about Juliet’s death he says, ”Well, Juliet, I will lie with thee tonight.
Let’s see for means. O mischief, thou art swift/To enter in the thoughts of
desperate men! I do remember an apothecary/And hereabouts he dwells, which late
I noted/In tattered weeds, with overwhelming brows, Culling of simples. Meager
were his looks, Sharp misery had worn him to the bones, And in his needy shop a
tortoise hung, An alligator
stuffed, and other skins/Of ill-shaped fishes; and about his shelves/A beggarly
account of empty boxes, Green earthen pots, bladders and musty seeds, Remnants
of packthread and old cakes of roses, Were thinly scattered to make up a show.”
(V.i.35-55)  This quote states that he is
willing to take his own life, despite the fact that he has only known Juliet
for a mere three days. This commitment is what got Romeo and Juliet killed. By
killing Tybalt, cousin of Juliet, Romeo is banished, making everyone in the
Capulet household to believe that Tybalt’s death is the reason why Juliet is so
upset. Romeo kills Tybalt, which gets him banished from Verona, making it the
reason why Juliet is so upset about how she cannot see him again. Juliet’s
grief makes Capulet think that she is in distress because of her cousin’s
death. Because of this, Capulet thinks that marring Paris will cheer her up,
but instead it makes Juliet drink the potion that friar Lawrence gave her so
she can sleep through her wedding. By jumping to conclusions so fast, Romeo
assumes that Juliet took her own life because of what everyone else has heard.
Meanwhile, she only took the non-lethal potion so she could sleep through her
wedding with Paris. Instead of talking to anyone about his lover’s death, such
as Friar Lawrence, who would have told his everything about what is going on,
he takes his own life because he thinks that Juliet is dead. As Romeo goes to
take the potion that the apothecary gave him, he says ”come, bitter conduct
come, unsavoury guide, thou desperate pilot, now at once run on/ the dashing
thy seasick, weary bark/ here’s to my love.” In this quote, it shows what
Romeo would do for his love, Juliet. Then Juliet wakes up, only to realise that
Romeo is dead, thus leading into her death as well. Even though Romeo only knew
Juliet for three days, he still takes his own lie because of the mistakes that
he, himself made.

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            Capulet is to blame for the death of Romeo and Juliet
because of the many decisions he made for his daughter. Because of the hate
between the two families, Juliet was forced to keep her love for Romeo a
secret. While Romeo is talking to Juliet in her backyard, Juliet states, ” My ears have not yet drunk a hundred words/Of
that tongue’s uttering, yet I know the sound. Art thou not Romeo, and a
Montague?” (II.ii.58-60) Juliet’s first reaction is that she is worried about
Romeo being a Montague only because of the feud between the Montagues and the
Capulets. 

 By keeping it a secret, it made many things
hard for the star-crossed lover, such as get together to complete the marriage
or to get together on a regular day.  Juliet could not tell her parents which lead
into her taking the sleep potion to get out of marrying Paris. The feud between
the families, the Montagues and Capulets, ended up killing Romeo and Juliet
only because Romeo is a Montague. From birth, Juliet was always taught that the
Montagues were her enemies which was the only reason she couldn’t tell Capulet
because he would instantly deny the fact that Juliet loves Romeo and make her
marry Paris anyway. By making Juliet marry Paris, Capulet is at fault for the
deaths of the two lovers, Romeo and Juliet. Because of Romeos banishment,
Juliet is very upset because she will never be able to see Romeo again. Capulet
notices this and tries to cheer her up by moving her wedding with Paris close.
Capulet states ”Send for the county. Go
tell him of this, I’ll have this knot knit up tomorrow morning”. (IV.ii.21-22)
In this quote, Capulet states that he is going to move the wedding up to
tomorrow morning and that he wants Paris to know.  Instead of
making Juliet happy it makes her ask the Friar for a non-lethal potion so she
can sleep through the wedding and run away with Romeo and live happily ever
after, but instead of this Romeo thinks that Juliet is dead and takes his own
life.

            Friar Lawrence is the character who is most to blame for
the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. Throughout the play, the Friar made many decisions
that lead Romeo and Juliet to their deaths. The friar is at fault because he
gives the non-lethal sleep potion to Juliet. Juliet brought a dagger with her
and blackmailed the Father by saying she would kill herself if he did not give
her the potion. Juliet says,

Tell me not, Friar, that thou hear’st of
this,

Unless thou tell me how I may prevent it.

If in thy wisdom thou canst give no help,

Do thou but call my resolution wise,

And with this knife I’ll help it presently.

God joined my heart and Romeo’s, thou our
hands.

And ere this hand, by thee to Romeo sealed,

Shall be the label to another deed,

Or my true heart with treacherous revolt

Turn to another, this shall slay them both.

Therefore out of thy long-experienced time,

Give me some present counsel, or, behold,

‘Twixt my extremes and me this bloody knife

Shall play the umpire, arbitrating that

Which the commission of thy years and art

Could to no issue of true honor bring.

Be not so long to speak. I long to die

If what thou speak’st speak not of remedy.

 

 

 

She wanted the potion so she did not have to marry Paris. By marrying
Romeo and Juliet together, it is the friars fault for their deaths. By marrying
them, he makes them dedicated to each other and he makes their relationship
official. This dedication ends up killing Romeo because he thinks that Juliet
took her own life, even though she was only sleeping. The friar married Romeo
and Juliet together because he believed it would end the feud between the
Montagues and the Capulets. By not delivering the letter to Romeo about the
potion that he gave to Juliet, the Friar is most the blame for the death of
Romeo and Juliet. This lack of communication makes Romeo believe that Juliet is
dead and not just sleeping. Romeo took his own life beside Juliet dead body with
a potion that Romeo bought even though Juliet wasn’t dead. Because of him not sending
the letter, he finds Romeo in the Capulets tomb and says,

 

 

 

Romeo!—

Alack, alack, what blood is this, which
stains

 

 

The stony entrance of the sepulcher?

What mean these masterless and gory swords

To lie discolored by this place of peace?

(looks inside the tomb)

Romeo! O, pale!—Who else? What, Paris too?

And steeped in blood?—Ah, what an unkind hour

Is guilty of this lamentable chance!

The lady stirs.

 

In this quote, the father
realises his mistake and suddenly feels guilty. Juliet wakes
up moments after to see that Romeo is dead and kills herself with Romeos
dagger, therefore friar Lawrence is most to blame for the death of Romeo and
Juliet.

            In conclusion, many characters are at blame for the death
of the star-crossed lovers, but as stated above, the three character’s most to
blame are Romeo, Lord Capulet and Friar Lawrence. Romeo is responsible for his
own life and the life of Juliet because he jumps to conclusions too quickly,
thus leading into the death of him and his lover. By making many decisions for
his daughter throughout the play, Capulet is to blame for the death of Romeo
and Juliet. Despite what the other character’s may have done, Friar Lawrence is
most to blame for the death of the star-crossed lovers. Throughout the play,
Friar Lawrence makes many poor decisions that had the consequence of Romeo and
Juliet taking their lives. In the play Romeo and Juliet, by William
Shakespeare, two lovers end up taking their lives. The character’s most to
blame for their actions are Romeo, Capulet and Friar Lawrence.

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