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The Deaths Of Romeo And Juliet

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The Deaths of Romeo and Juliet

At the end of the play ‘Romeo and Juliet’ the Prince blames the two
parents for the deaths of the ‘two star-crossed lovers’ death:

‘See what a scourge is laid upon your hate,

That heaven finds means to kill your joys with love!’

(Act V, Scene III Lines 292-293)

But the parents are not entirely to blame for the tragic deaths of
Romeo and Juliet. Everyone who comes into close contact with either
Romeo or Juliet contributed to their deaths. Both the friends and
family, even the two lovers themselves can be partly to blame for the
deaths. Although these characters donated something to make the young
couple slay themselves, it could also be said that fate; ‘Inevitable
destination or necessity destined term of life; doom,’ had a part to
play. In the prologue at the beginning of the play it states:

‘A pair of star-cross’d lovers take their live.’

(Prologue Line 6)

This shows that the couple met by fate and destiny led their lives.

Friar Lawrence holds more responsibility than most as he meddles with
others affairs to benefit himself. Friar Lawrence marries Romeo and
Juliet even though he forebodes that this hasty marriage may lead to a
catastrophic outcome. When Romeo informs Friar Lawrence about his
marriage to Juliet the Friar hesitates because their love emerges too
sudden and too unadvised that it may end just as quick:

‘These violent delights have violent ends

And in their triumph die like fire powder,

Which as they kiss consume.’

(Act II, Scene VI Lines 9-11)

The Friar questions Romeo’s temperament towards love. The love that
Romeo to Rosaline shows that Romeo is fickle, superficial and immature
towards love:

‘Is Rosaline, that thou didst love so dear,

So soon forsaken? Young men’s love then lies

Not truly in their hearts but in their eyes’

(Act II, Scene III Lines 70-72)

Despite these misgivings, the Friar still chooses to marry Romeo and
Juliet, as he believes the marriage would end the feud, and he would
be praised as he brought peace to the streets of Verona:

‘In one respect I’ll thy assistant be:

For this alliance may so happy prove

To turn your households’ rancour to pure love.’

(Act II, Scene III Lines 90-99)

The Friar offers Juliet the potion, after the banishment of Romeo,
which hypnotizes her for 24 hours in order to avoid the marriage to
Paris. This plan gives Juliet a way out, a way to escape, so she
agrees. The Friar fails to get the letter to Romeo which would have
informed him of the plan. The Friar makes his plan in such a hustle
that he doesn’t think about the possibility of failure. This shows
that the Friar Lawrence contradicts himself as earlier he tells Romeo:
‘Wisely and slow, they stumble that run fast’ (Act II Scene III Lines
94). When...

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