Who Do You Think Was the Most Responsible for the Deaths of Romeo and Juliet? BY BJElliS Who do you think was the most responsible for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet? The play of Romeo and Juliet, written by William Shakespeare in the Seventeenth century, is described as a romantic tragedy. It is romantic because it is a story of two people, Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet, falling in love, but it is a tragedy because they end up taking their own lives. This tragedy was by lots of different things, that led up to their deaths.
These include the feud between the Montague’s nd Capulet’s, which meant that Romeo and Juliet had to keep their relationship secret. This was the main reason for their deaths. The reason for Romeo and Juliet keeping their relationship a secret was this ongoing feud. For example, Juliet had to lie to her parents about going to shrift, so she could get married to Romeo. ‘Then hie you hence to Friar Lawrence’s cell, there stays you a husband to make you a wife. ‘ This is the nurse telling Juliet to tell her parents she is going to shrift, and Romeo will be waiting for her to get married.
They would have had to do this, if there wasn’t a feud going on. This was the parents fault because they were the ones that started the feud, so if they hadn’t started it, then Romeo and Juliet wouldn’t have felt that they had to keep their relationship secret, Tybalt and Mercutio wouldn’t have died, and neither would Romeo and Juliet. These were all contributing factors to Romeo and Juliet taking their lives. Friar Lawrence has a large role in the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. He agreed to marry them in secret, which he should never have done. He did this because he thought that their marriage would end the feud. For this alliance may so happy prove to turn our households rancour to pure love. ‘ Friar Lawrence was the person who came up with the plan to pretend that Juliet was. He gave Juliet the sleeping potion, and was responsible for getting the news of the plan to Romeo, but because of the plague, the news never reached him, so he thought Juliet was dead and killed himself. Friar Lawrence should have never let this happen, and should have told Romeo and Juliet’s parents all about their relationship, and marriage. Romeo and Juliet’s deaths were also down to fate. It says in the Prologue, and mentions it throughout the play.
A pair of star-crossed lovers. ‘ This means that their lives were already decided by the stars or fate. However, the series of events that led to their fate was not only helped by Friar Lawrence, but also by the nurse. She carried notes to and from Romeo and Juliet, to organise secret meetings, and helped them get married in secret. She should never have done this, and should have told Juliet’s parents what was going on. At the end of the Capulet’s party, when the nurse told Juliet who Romeo was, she should have of your great enemy. ‘ This is the nurse telling Juliet who Romeo is.
This was the point that the nurse should have realised that Romeo and Juliet could have never been together, and should have never let them meet up, rather than encouraging, and helping it. Also, after Juliet and her father had the big argument about her marriage to Paris, the nurse encouraged her to marry him, even though she knew Juliet was already married to Romeo. ‘l think it best you married with the county. ‘ This is when the nurse was telling Juliet that she should marry Paris. This should have been the time that the nurse told Juliet’s parents about Juliet’s marriage to Romeo.
Another person partly responsible for Romeo and Juliet’s death is Tybalt. He, more than anyone, kept the feud alive between the two families. He even says ‘Peace! , I hate the word. ‘ This shows that he can’t leave a situation without fghting. If Tybalt had stopped fighting, then the feud might have ended between the two families, and Romeo and Juliet wouldn’t have had to keep their relationship a secret, and they wouldn’t have taken their lives in the end. Also, if Tybalt hadn’t carried on fghting, then he wouldn’t have killed Mercutio, and the Romeo wouldn’t have Tybalt, and been anished.
I think that the parents were most responsible for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet, because if they hadn’t have started the feud in the first place, then none of the other factors towards their deaths would have happened. However, Tybalt was responsible for keeping the feud alive, so if he hadn’t done that, then the feud might have died down. Even though the parents and Tybalt were most responsible, everyone had a part to play, and without everyone’s involvement, Romeo and Juliet wouldn’t have died. As the Prince said, ‘All are punished’