Do not Blame Romeo or Juliet for their Actions in Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare
The play, Romeo and Juliet written by William Shakespeare, is a story of two star-
crossed lovers. Their love generated conflicts which they never imagined would lead to tragedy.
These two young people did nothing wrong except fall in love. However, they had figures in
their lives that caused their relationship to be disastrous. Without these influences in their lives,
they could have possibly lived happily, but that was not the case. The three main influences that
persuaded destruction included the feud between the two families, the nurse and her betrayal of
Juliet and the Friar, whom ultimately was most responsible for the tragic events.
The feud between the two families, Montague and Capulets, was one factor that effected
the love of Romeo and Juliet being a lamentable circumstance. The two families held much
hostility toward each other. This feud even created problems for the young lovers. These two
young lovers understood the situation and which forced them to marry in secrecy. They would
have made their children's lives miserable if their parents discovered their secret. Romeo and
Juliet would have never been able to see each other. These two families were very stubborn and
virtually nothing that would have made them become allies. When he play is introduced the
audience, the tension between households is immediately noted. "Doth with their death bury
their parent's strife". (Romeo & Juliet, Prologue, l.8) Neither household would have accepted the
marriage. Keeping the marriage a secret caused Romeo and Juliet to turn to other people for
help. At times these people mislead them with bad advice or even betrayed them.
The Nurse can be seen as a character which betrayed Juliet. The Nurse was quite
possibly Juliet's closest friend, but she turned against her at a crucial time. The Nurse blatantly
told Juliet to marry Paris. "I think it best you married with the county". (Romeo & Juliet,
pg.101, III, v, l.219) This treachery by the Nurse...