Who Is to Blame for the Deaths of Romeo and Juliet Essay
Who Is to Blame for the Deaths of Romeo and Juliet
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
In Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare, the feud between the Montague and Capulet families led to the tragic deaths of Romeo and Juliet. It has been debated who is really the blame? I think that the person to blame for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet is mostly Romeo. In my opinion I would blame him for killing himself in such a hurry thus leading to Juliet’s suicide.
I think Romeo is too hasty and quick on his actions, because he is always running around as if everything were an emergency. An example is when he says, “O let us hence, I stand on sudden haste”. This shows that he is too quick and running around looking for Friar Lawrence to tell him something in a hurry. I think that he has to calm down and not be so hasty and plan things instead of being so sudden.
Romeo again is fickle and is speedy when he sees Juliet for the first time and falls in love with her. Romeo fell in love with Juliet almost immediately and he didn’t even think to get to know her better first.
“For I ne’er saw true beauty till this night.”
I’d say his love for Juliet is true love because he forgot about Rosaline and now he has moved on so quickly seeing Juliet and has fallen in love with her, but he doesn’t know that Juliet is Romeos’ family’s worst enemy. Romeo says almost the same thing to Rosaline,
“One fairer than my love! The all-seeing sun,
Ne’er saw her match since first the world begun.”
Another action showing how Romeo reacts is when he asks Juliet to marry him after knowing Juliet for just 1 day after the party. Romeo arranges the marriage, and gets the nurse involved with the marriage too. This is clearly shown when Romeo walks off the stage as he was struggling to get down the wall of Juliet and says, “By the hour of nine.”
Here Romeo is arranging the marriage at nine ‘o’ clock in the morning while
struggling to get down. Once they’re married, Romeo and Juliet should know that it would lead to more feuds in the two families, the Montague and the Capulet family. They already knew that the families disagreed but they went ahead, disobeying their families.
Another place to show Romeo’s attitude is when he kills Tybalt for killing Mercutio, his attitude here increases rapidly and he gets really angry and stabs Tybalt. His anger is shown when he says angrily
“And fire-eyed fury be my conduct now!”
Here he is extremely angry and should control his attitude and he should think about what to do, instead of acting so quickly. Romeo killed Tybalt, because Tybalt killed Romeo’s best friend, Mercutio. I think anyone would’ve been a bit mad and want to get revenge but most people would think it through first. Romeo was too quick on his actions to killing Tybalt with his sword.
Friar Lawrence is also partly to blame for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet because he married them when he should have known that marrying them would bring tragedy and even more feuds in the future between the two families, Montague and Capulet. Friar Laurence should have understood that Romeo and Juliet were only young and they couldn’t think straight at the time. Others who are to blame is the Montague family, The Capulet family, also the Nurse and fate. The two families feuding made Romeo and Juliet want to run away or kill themselves.
Overall, I would say it is Romeo’s fault the most. It is understandable that their parents didn’t let them marry because of the grudge between the families. If their wasn’t this grudge, they wouldn’t have died but the parent’s didn’t know. Romeo on the other hand, should have known what would happen. Even when he saw Juliet pretending to be dead, he should have waited and called for help or friends instead of killing himself immediately.
University/College: University of Chicago
Type of paper: Thesis/Dissertation Chapter
Date: 27 March 2016
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