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The Domino Effect Essay

789 words - 3 pages

In the course of four days, a mass of tragic events causes two star-struck lovers to turn from complete strangers to husband and wife to dead. This is a stunning, brief summary of the tragedy Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. Throughout this play, a number of occurrences cause a seemingly unbreakable love to be separated by banishment, a sentence worse than death according to Romeo. Eventually, just as everything comes to an end, so do the lives of Romeo and poor Juliet. The main people who can be held responsible for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet are Lord Capulet, Friar Laurence, and Romeo.
To begin, One person in this play who is responsible for Romeo and Juliet’s deaths is Lord Capulet. One major thing he did that completely screwed up their chances was he set up the marriage of Juliet and Paris without Juliet’s consent. Had he had thought of what she had wanted, perhaps she and Romeo might have been able to marry without having to worry of the trouble that would brew from it. Lord Capulet also moved up the date of the marriage, which threw off Romeo, making her ‘death’ and the marriage even sooner than was planner and making it impossible for Romeo to remove Juliet from the tomb before she wakes up from her 42 hour coma. In the play Capulet says:”Mistress minion of you/ Thank me no thankings, nor proud me no prouds/ but fettle your finejoints against Thursday next/ To go with Paris to Saint Peter Church/ Or I will drag thee on a hurdle thither.”( III.v. 170-174). This quote shows Lord Capulet’s opposition to Juliet’s desire and how inability to comprehend the wants of another rather than the wishes of one’s self.
To continue, a second character in this play that is responsible for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet is Romeo. Without much thought, he chose to marry in private rather than in public. If he had chosen to marry in public, fighting between the two families could have possibly ceased and the marriage between Paris and Juliet would have never become a possibility. Also, instead of being his calm, loving self when with Tybalt, he decided to kill him rather than disarm him or go for a minor blow. Had he had done this, Romeo would have prevented from being exiled....

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