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Who Is To Blame In Romeo And Juliet?

1068 words - 5 pages

The story people adore; Romeo falls for Juliet and they get married. They are forced into hiding which leads to Juliet pretending to be dead. The love struck Romeo kills him self, when Juliet awakes to actually kill herself, a fantasized love story. However another side to Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet tragedy that fans don't look at is who is responsible. The dominant male characters, Friar Laurence, Lord Capulet, and Romeo are most at blame for the story.
Friar Laurence's immature actions make him part of the tragedy. For one, he married Romeo and Juliet. When told that Romeo loves Juliet, Friar replies, "Holy Saint Francis, what a change is here! /Is Rosaline, that thou didst love so ...view middle of the document...

/Come, go, good Juliet, I dare no longer stay," (IIIII, III, Lines 164-168) Instead of comforting Juliet, who isn't in a stable state, he leaves her in fear of getting caught. Any mature person would be more concerned with the heath of others, but he left, another immature action. Friar Laurence made one immature action after another that ultimately lead to Romeo and Juliet's deaths.
In addition, Lord Capulet is to blame for his selfishness. To start, he doesn't remember why he is fighting with the Montague's. The first thing the audience is told is, "From ancient grudge break to new mutiny," (Prologue Line 3). However, since Lord Capulet is so selfish and egotistic, he will not admit his faults and continues the fighting between the families. Furthermore, Lord Capulet selfishness forces Juliet to marry Paris. He would not let Juliet marry Romeo because that is not what he wants. When Juliet tried to appose marrying Paris, Lord Capulet says, " Hang thee, young baggage, disobedient wretch! / I tell thee what; get to church o'Thursday, / Or never after look me in the face, " (III, V, Lines 165-167) Her father is so devoted to getting what he wants that he is willing to disown Juliet if she does not marry Paris. Lastly, Lord Capulet wanted his daughter married as soon as possible so that he couldn't even wait one day. He moves up the wedding saying, "Go, nurse, go with her: we'll to church tomorrow," (IV, II, Lines 37). He was not willing to compromise on the date ether. If Lord Capulet had stopped being selfish the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet would have never happened.
Finally, Romeo's haste also had a hand at the tragedy. To start, Juliet was his rebound from Rosaline. He tells Friar Laurence, "With Rosaline, my ghostly father? No, / I have forgot that name and that name's woe," (II, III, Lines 46-47) Romeo cried over Rosaline before the party, but within hours he quickly fell in love with Juliet showing his love for her is not as real as he...

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