From the very prologue of Romeo and Juliet, we are informed by Shakespeare that these two “star-cross’d lovers” are going to “take their life”. For the rest of the play, we are left to observe how they kill themselves and who or what leads them into doing so. However, placing the blame on one person or event would be impossible, as nobody was directly responsible for their demise. Instead, everything that could possibly have gone wrong did go wrong. Although both Romeo and Juliet end up thinking it was their own decision to kill themselves, there were many other factors that unwittingly forced them into the situation they eventually found themselves.
One such factor was the County Paris, cousin of Prince Escalus. Through no fault of his own, he was one of the key reasons that Juliet died. If he hadn’t have been scheduled to marry Juliet then she would never have had to fake her own death, in turn leading to Romeo’s. The most ironic thing about the situation was that Paris’ love for Juliet led to her death. Paris was a noble gentlemen and it was sheerly bad circumstances that led him to be a key part in the death of the two lovers.
Mr Capulet could also be considered a key part in the death of his beloved daughter. He was the one who agreed to let Paris take her hand in marriage without first asking her. Later on, when Juliet expressed the fact that she didn’t want to marry Paris, he became incredibly angry with her and threatened to disown her if she didn’t obey his will, “For, by my soul, I'll ne'er acknowledge thee”.
This essentially forced her to either marry Paris, or find another way out of the situation, which eventually led to her death.
Paris wanted to marry Juliet, but Friar Lawrence both legally and ethically could not do such a thing. Juliet was already married to Romeo, and marrying her again to Paris was not possible. But perhaps his decision to marry Juliet in the first place was a bad one. He knew that they had known each other for less than a day and had not seen any sign of their devotion to each other but he still decided to marry them. That was a bad decision on his behalf.
Another bad decision that he made was sending a messenger to Romeo in Mantua while the threat of the plague was at a peak. He should have considered what...