In dramatic literature, people are often responsible for the outcome. In William Shakespeare’s, Romeo and Juliet, guilt is drawn from every aspect of the play and affects the outcome entirely. Several characters are responsible for Romeo and Juliet’s deaths. The characters the Capulets, Friar Laurence, and Tybalt are the guiltiest of all, for Romeo and Juliet’s death.
To begin, the Capulets are to blame for Romeo and Juliet’s deaths because they are unsupportive, uptight, and uncaring. The Capulets wanted to disown Juliet when she admitted she did not want to marry Paris. For example, “Hang thee, young baggage! disobedient wretch! I tell thee what-get thee to church a Thursday or never after look me in the face. Speak not, reply not, do not answer me! My fingers itch. Wife, we scarce thought us blest that God had lent us but this only child; but not I see this one is one too much, and that we have a curse in having her. Out on her, hilding!” (3:5:165-172). Capulet is being unsupportive of his daughter’s desires. Although Juliet is his last child, he does not listen to what she wants and neglects Juliet. If he did not force Juliet to marry Paris, then Juliet would not have had to find a way out of the marriage. Next, Lady Capulet does not support her own blood daughter. For example, “Talk not to me, for I’ll not speak a word. Do as Thou wilt, for I have done with thee” (3:5:211-212). Lady Capulet stops caring about what her daughter wants. If she had listened to Juliet, then Juliet would not have plotted to get out of the wedding. But however, her uncaring ways led her to ignore the wishes of Juliet. But by not even taking her feelings into consideration, she forces Juliet into seeking a way out of the marriage. Finally, Nurse knows how much Juliet loves Romeo, however she advises that Juliet forget him and just marries Paris. For example, “Faith, here it is. Romeo is banish’d; and all the world to nothing that he dares ne’er come back to challenge you; or if he do, it needs must be by stealth. Then, since the case so stands as now it doth, I think it best you married with the County. O, he’s a lovely gentleman! Romeo’s a dishclout to him. An eagle, madam, hath not so green, so quick, so fair an eye as Paris hath. Beshrew my very heart, I think you are happy in this second match, for it excels you first; or if it did not, your first is dead- or ‘twere as good he were as living here and you no use of him” (3:5:222-235). Nurse is well aware of how much Juliet loves Romeo. Not to mention, Nurse had helped them get married in the first place. Nurse begins to show no sympathy for Juliet’s situation. If Nurse had not tried to get Juliet to just forget Romeo and instead talked to Juliet to help her find a way out of the situation, then Juliet could have been able to get to a much more logical solution and not ended with Romeo and Juliet’s deaths. The unsupportive, uptight, and uncaring Capulets are to blame for Romeo and Juliet’s deaths.
Next, the lazy and unwatchful Friar Laurence is to blame for Romeo and Juliet’s deaths. First of all, Romeo has just found Juliet in a trance, unaware that she was not actually dead because Friar Laurence did not tell him. For example, “…A dateless bargain to engrossing death! Come, bitter conduct; come, unsavoury guide! Thou desperate pilot, now at once run on the dashing rocks thy seasick weary bark! Here’s to my love!” (5:3:115-119). If Friar went to tell Romeo about Juliet’s plans, instead of assuming Romeo would get the letter, then Romeo would not have killed himself. The Friar should have taken the time to make a face to face exchange with Romeo; therefore it would have been impossible to have any confusion. Romeo would have clearly understood Juliet’s plan if the Friar had communicated it earlier. If the Friar was not lazy then Romeo’s death could have been avoided. Next, Friar Laurence recently found Romeo dead in the Capulet monument. For example, “Romeo! O, pale! Who else? What, Paris too? And steep’d in blood? Ah, what an unkind hour is guilty of this lamentable chance!” (5:3:149-151). If Friar Laurence was in the Monument with Juliet waiting for Romeo instead of showing up after; Romeo would not have assumed that Juliet was dead and then proceed to kill himself. Friar could have fixed the previous mistake of not talking to Romeo face to face. Friar was the one that gave Juliet the poison in the first place, so it would only be right if he was in the monument with Juliet’s seemingly life-less body the entire time, waiting for Romeo. Finally, Friar hears the watch approaching and leaves Juliet grieving over Romeo’s body. For example, “I hear some noise. Lady, come from that nest of death, contagion, and unnatural sleep. A greater power than we can contradict hath thwarted out intents. Come, come away. They husband in thy bosom there lies dead; and Paris too. Come, I’ll dispose of thee among a sisterhood of holy nuns. Stay not to question, for the watch is coming. Stay not to question, for the watch is coming. Come, go, good Juliet. I dare no longer stay” (5:3:156-164). If Friar did not leave Juliet in the monument alone, he could have talked her out of killing herself. He is already responsible for Romeo dying, because he was not there to inform Romeo. Leaving Juliet to grieve over Romeo’s corpse was not a smart idea. If he gotten Juliet out of the monument, she would not have seen Romeo on the ground dead. Just because the Friar would not stay with Juliet and watch over her, he left her alone to kill herself, instead of talking her through the tough time. Friar Laurence is to blame for Romeo and Juliet’s deaths because he is lazy and unwatchful.
Lastly, Tybalt is responsible for the deaths of Juliet and Romeo because he’s short tempered, hot-headed, and irrational. To begin, Tybalt has the urge to murder Romeo, for no reason, at the ball. For example, “This, by his voice, should be a Montague. Fetch me my rapier, boy. What, dares the slave come hither, cover’d with an antic face, to fleer and scorn at out solemnity? Now, by the stock and honour of my kin, to strike him dead I hold it not a sin” (1:5:56-61).Romeo had done nothing to anger Tybalt at the ball. Tybalt is so hot-headed that he would kill just because Romeo is a Montague. If Tybalt was not so hot-headed, then Romeo would not have murdered Tybalt causing him to get banished forcing Juliet to poison herself. Next, Tybalt has recently claimed Mercutio’s life, and is still trying to get Romeo to fight him. For example, “Thou , wretched boy, that dist consort him here, shalt with him hence” (3:1:131-132). Tybalt is always looking for a reason to fight Romeo ever if it takes murdering someone to invoke him. If Tybalt did not force Romeo to exact revenge upon him, then Romeo would not have been banished and not have been forced to sneak into the city to recover Juliet, whom he thought had died. Finally, Tybalt is trying to get Romeo to fight with him in the streets of Verona. For example, “Boy, this shall not excuse the injuries that thou hast done me; therefore turn and draw” (3:1:65-66). Tybalt acting irrational is forcing Romeo to set his fate up in the path of disaster. If Tybalt had realized that Romeo had done nothing to make him hate Romeo, then it would not have forced Romeo to slay Tybalt causing Juliet to be forced into creating a plan whose outcome is resulting in Romeo and Juliet’s deaths.
In conclusion, the deaths of Romeo and Juliet can be attributed to the Capulets, Friar Laurence and Tybalt. The Capulets are to blame for Romeo and Juliet’s deaths because they are unsupportive, uptight, and uncaring. The lazy and unwatchful Friar Laurence is to blame for Romeo and Juliet’s deaths. Tybalt is responsible for the deaths of Juliet and Romeo because he’s short tempered, hot-headed, and irrational. In dramatic literature, like William Shakespeare’s, Romeo and Juliet, guilt is a key aspect that resolves the story.
The Blame for Romeo and Juliet's Death Essay
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The Blame for Romeo and Juliet's Death
The story of Romeo and Juliet originally came from a myth around the old town of Verona, later on in history Shakespeare took this idea of 'two star-crossed lovers' and made it into the 'Romeo and Juliet' we know today. In Elizabethan Verona the story begins with two families, the Capulets, and the Montagues. The families have been feuding for many years, much to the dismay of the Prince of the town. The Capulet family has only one child, Juliet. The rest of the Capulet family consists of Old Capulet – Juliet’s father, Lady Capulet – Juliet’s mother, Tybalt – Juliet’s cousin and Juliet's Nurse. The Montague family also has only one child, Romeo. The family…show more content…
Frequently in the play Romeo and Juliet speak of their role in fate, during the Elizabethan period it was widely believed that fate was controlling us all and there was nothing we could do about it, we can see this opinion from Romeo in Act one Scene four,
‘I fear too early; for my mind misgives
Some consequence yet hanging in the stars’.
Romeo is saying how he thinks he is being paranoid, worrying so early, and yet he cannot help feeling that something bad will soon happen. Perhaps the most important of examples for fate/chance is the messenger sent by the Friar Lawrence to Mantua, unfortunately preceded by a friend of Romeo, Balthazar. Had the messenger reached Mantua in time then the tragedy would have been avoided.
In my opinion Fate and Chance had little to do with the tragedy, many courses could have been taken by others in order to prevent the outcome, Romeo & Juliet themselves for example.
Romeo had, before the party, been absolutely besotted with another girl called Rosaline, he had been forced to go to the Capulet party by Mercutio who claimed he could persuade Romeo to look elsewhere than just