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Who Shall Be Held Responsible For The Death Of Romeo And Juliet? Yet An Undefined Question And Cannot Be Answered

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In the tragic play Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, Romeo met Juliet from an enemy family in a party that he was not supposed to attend, and they quickly fell in love. Of course, this forbidden love brought unfortunate luck, and both Romeo and Juliet died at the end of the play. Who shall be held responsible for the death of Romeo and Juliet? This question has been bothering people, and yet to be answered. There are indeed many variables that have affected this, but I think Romeo himself is responsible for his own death and the one of his wife Juliet. Since the beginning of the play, Romeo has been acting foolishly, and he could not behave and calm himself down. If he had behaved ...view middle of the document...

As Romeo has said, “This day’s black fate on more days doth depends; This but begins the woe others must end.” (III, i, 115-116) He believed that what Tybalt had done will be returned someday. And of course, his anger did indeed help him, he successfully avenged Mercutio. As a result, he got exiled by Prince Escalus. But if he had thought about the situation, and calmed down, maybe nothing would have happened, and he probably wouldn’t have had to leave Verona and leave Juliet into the bad situation of choosing to either die or marry the wealthy County Paris who she does not like at all. As a matter of fact, losing a friend for Romeo was indeed painful, but he should not be the person to have hands covered with the blood of sin.
The last big mistake Romeo has made was not doing what Friar Lawrence has told him. At the end of the play, Romeo and Juliet die together. It started first with Romeo killing County Paris who was also an an depressed mood. Then Romeo discovered that Juliet had “died”, and he said, “Well, Juliet, I will lie with thee tonight” (V, i, 34) Then he drank the killing poison that the apothecary gave him. There are few mistakes that he has made. First, Friar Lawrence first told him to stay in Mantua to wait for the message from him. If he had waited, and therefore known the plan, he wouldn’t have had to kill himself. Second, he committed suicide right after he saw Juliet “dead”. He could’ve just calmed down and thought, he would have realized that Juliet was not dead. He has observed that “Beauty’s ensign yet is crimson in thy lips and in thy cheeks.” (V, iii, 94-95), and he did not realize why. His impatience and foolish thoughts straight forwardly led him to his own death, and the death of his own wife. Ironically, a few minutes after Romeo...

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