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Who Is To Blame In Romeo And Juliet?

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‘From forth the loin of these two foes/ A pair of star crossed lovers take their life’ 1.2.chorus. Romeo and Juliet, a very famous play written by William Shakespeare, is filled with nearly every powerful emotion imaginable, love, lust, hate, desire, spite, joy, happiness, depression, adoration, anger, vengeance and so many more. The tragic deaths of Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet were brought about by how the people around them and they themselves dealt with these emotions.
Blame is defined in the dictionary as to feel or declare that someone/something is responsible for a fault or wrong. So who out of all of the culprits was really to blame? The Capulets, the Montagues and the feud boiling between them, Prince Escalus, Tybalt, Mercutio, Friar Laurence or even Romeo and Juliet themselves?

The feud between the Montague and the Capulet family plays a massive role in the young couples death as it was a trigger for basically everything that happened. The feud, which was formed by their ancestors, should have been stopped a long time ago, as it was now unclear to why they hated each other. All they knew was that their parents, and their parents parents etc despised each other, so they must do the same. The feud didn’t even stop when Prince Escalus sentenced death to those who next disturbed the peace of Verona due to the hatred between the families ‘If ever you disturb our streets again/ Your lives shall pay the forfeit of the peace’ 1.1.83.
If the feud did not exist then Romeo and Juliet wouldn’t have seen it fit to marry in secrecy, and all of the events that followed wouldn’t have occurred. Tybalt Capulet would not have focused his violent rage onto the Montague’s male youths, ‘I drew my sword to part them; in the instant came/ The fiery Tybalt, with his sword prepar’d;/ Which as he breath’d defiance in my ear/ He swung about his head and cut winds’ 1.1.96. So in turn, the lives of Mercutio, Tybalt himself, Romeo and Juliet wouldn’t have been lost in the terrible way they were.

Friar Laurence also played a big part in Romeo and Juliet's fate. He was the person that both the teenagers could turn to and confide in. He was the person who married them and respected their wishes about keeping it a secret and the person who both Romeo and Juliet seeked advice from after the Prince declared that Romeo be banished, and who laid out the plan to fake Juliets death so her and Romeo could be together again. But could he really be trusted?
Though his intentions seem sincere on the surface they could have been tainted with ulterior motion. Marrying the two-lovebirds had the ulterior motion behind it to finally stop the family feud which is a thing that every one in Verona would be pleased about. But by him agreeing to not tell anyone of their matrimony is also agreeing not to tell people about the resolution to the feud gives the impression that he was planning something. Of course he could have been acting out of kindness and respect, giving the...

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