Romeo And Juliet: Who Is To Blame?

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Many have said that romance brings love and affection, but when taken to the extreme, it can lead to tragedy and despair. Among the great literary tragedies, Romeo and Juliet may be the most famous of them all. The eternal feud between the Montegues and Capulets prohibits the love of Romeo and Juliet and ultimately results in their unfortunate deaths. It may be difficult to truly determine who is to blame for the tragedy, because their lives had been influenced, criticized, and controlled by many figures. Among the most important characters, Friar Lawrence enables the forbidden marriage of the two lovers and devises a plan to ensure that they end up together. On the other hand, Lord and Lady Capulet feed into the rivalry between the two families and refuse to listen to their daughter’s request, ultimately driving Juliet to fake her own death.
Friar Lawrence can be described as a sympathetic, compassionate, and peaceful person. Due to his desire to bring about peace between the feuding families, he agrees to secretly marry Romeo and Juliet, creating a detailed plan to reunite the two lovers despite their parents’ disapproval. Though his intentions are never to harm them, but instead to reconcile the endless rivalry, Friar Lawrence ultimately brings about the lovers’ tragic doom. With a flicker of hope that the marriage will work and end the feud, Friar Lawrence remarks that, "this alliance may so happy prove to turn [their] households' rancor to pure love" (II iv 91-92). The blame can be placed on Friar Lawrence because he cares too much for Romeo and Juliet and eventually takes an extreme and risky approach to facilitate their union.
Lord Capulet’s firm and merciless control can also be blamed for pushing his daughter to the extreme and ultimately her...

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