In my essay I am going to investigate one of the most indisputable debates in society today, this subject has been argued for many years and still to this day an unknown issue, this controversial question is: Who is to blame for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet?. Throughout my essay I am going to undertake and explore who is to blame for this mind boggling question that has been a common debate for many decades.
First of all I would like to explain the plot of Shakespeare’s Romeo ; Juliet, It is a tale based on two young lovers who share a deep passion for one another, and throughout the story they overcome every obstacle that is placed in their way. Their strong bond for each other shows that love really does conquer all, except death.
How I decided on choosing the characters to blame was quite hard but through carefully examining, I believe I have enough information to present my view, I have also searched through the Internet and books for additional information that will hopefully provide me with evidence so that I can explain my opinion of who is to blame for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. The characters I have chosen are Romeo, Juliet, Tybalt, Friar Laurence and Fate itself.
The first character that I will study for evidence of contribution to the deaths of Romeo and Juliet is indeed Romeo Montague, In my opinion Romeo acted very hastily throughout the plot, he appears to be a “lover boy” falling in love far to easily, the reader knows this as earlier in the film about a woman called Rosaline who he is in love with, Romeo states “Not having that, which having, makes them short” and “Thou can’st not teach me to forget”, from analyzing these lines it appears that Romeo thinks of a woman as some sort of accessory which is compulsive to achieve happiness.
It also seems to me that Romeo tends to act on the spur of the moment and doesn’t think of any consequences of his actions. As soon as Romeo found out that Juliet was a Capulet it appeared that his love for her deepened further, this brings me to the conclusion that Romeo always wants what he can’t have e. g. Rosaline and tragically Juliet. Romeo should not have asked Juliet to marry him especially after discovering she was a Capulet, the reader can clearly see that Romeo didn’t think properly as his reaction to Juliet’s death was “Get me Ink and Paper, and post horses, I will hence tonight”.
When Juliet was presumed dead, Romeo rushed back to Verona too soon he should have knew it would have been dangerous as he was regarded her cause of death. Another way Romeo contributed to Juliet and her death was his violent temper, he acted on impulse when he killed Juliet’s Tybalt and her suitor Paris, we can see this as Romeo says “Staying for thine to keep him company, either thou, or I, or both must go with him” when he kills Tybalt, Romeo’s quick decision to kill Tybalt almost makes the reader feel sympathetic towards Tybalt.
My next choice for who is to blame for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet is Juliet Capulet, It is clear that the female protagonist meant no harm, Juliet did not intend to hurt anyone in anyway however she did deceive and disobey her parents by continuing to love and visit Romeo e. g. when Juliet finds out Romeo has killed Tybalt she appears to be upset yet marries Romeo without any feel of guilt.
Juliet showed similar traits to Romeo by being too hastily and rushing in to marriage, she knew how strongly her family hated the Montague’s and still she turned her back on tradition. Juliet was engaged to Paris at the time of the ball and until her marriage it was her parent’s wish to see her marry Paris, these are some of the reasons why I believe Juliet is partially responsible for the death herself and Romeo. This choice is one which I most firmly believe to be true; it is the priest of the community Friar Laurence.
Like Rome, Friar Laurence appears to not think of his actions in any way, I admire Friar Laurence’s strong compassion and love for Romeo and Juliet. It appeared to me that Friar Laurence had a lot of respect for the youth and he was seen as someone who would give advice in a difficult situation, the reader can see this when Juliet asks Friar Laurence for advice about Romeo’s disappearance he comes up with a ludicrous plan to fake dying in order to run away with Romeo.
It is also needless to say that Friar Laurence should not have agreed to marry Romeo and Juliet knowing very well that their families would not be pleased, in addition to this he also was solely responsible for delivering the secret news about Juliet’s fake demise scheme to Romeo but it never reached him and as a result Romeo took his own life to escape from his grief. I believe Friar Laurence to have played a large part in the unfortunate event of Romeo and Juliet’s death.
The Final character I have chosen is Tybalt (the cousin of Juliet), Tybalt appeared to constantly be looking for trouble, he was the leader of the Capulet boys and he more than anyone else kept the family’s hatred alive. Tybalt killed Mercutio causing Romeo to murder him in an act of revenge, he ignored Romeo plea’s for peace. Tybalt was arch enemies with Romeo and for his cousin to fall in love with him caused more animosity between himself and Romeo.
It could be argued that his deep anger and hatred towards Romeo led not only to his death but for his cousin Juliet and his enemy Romeo as well. My final choice was by no means a character in the film it is Fate itself, it has been a conflict that the deaths of Romeo and Juliet was by no means anyone’s fault in particular but it all happened because of sheer bad luck and fate.
Many believe that it was fate that Romeo and Juliet met and fell in love, it was fate that Tybalt and Mercutio died, and it was even more fate and bad luck that Romeo did not receive the letter which could of saved them both from death. In my conclusion I would have to say that deaths of Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet is indeed a very difficult and seemingly unanswerable question but in my opinion I would blame both deaths on a series of events that was sparked on by Fate.