The deaths of Tybalt and Mercutio are the result of how quickly things got out of control between the two families. Before the unfortunate events, Tybalt and Mercutio’s death, both families despised each other, ‘Nay, as they dare. I will bite my thumb at them, which is disgrace to them if they bear it. ’ but they never acted upon this hatred, but then things quickly took a turn for the worse. Both deaths could be considered the fault of Juliet, Romeo or the bad blood between the families.
In this essay I shall describe how it could be each of their faults and then I will conclude who is the most at fault. Some people may feel that the fact that the situation quickly got out of control is Juliet’s fault. Their reasoning’s is she married Romeo, knowing that it would create family problems. In addition, she married Romeo quickly and arguably rashly. If she had been reasonable and assessed the situation, she may have left Romeo (for ease) and none of the tragic events would have taken place. However, I do not feel this is the case.
Juliet cannot control who she falls in love with, whether it is right or wrong, and she also cannot control her lover. It was Romeo who killed Tybalt and Juliet was nowhere near the scene, therefore she was unable to stop him. ‘Ay me, what news? What news? Why dost thou wring thy hands? ’ This quote shows she had no knowledge of the tragic events. Romeo killed Tybalt; therefore he is responsible for his own actions. Also, if he hadn’t have been such a love-obsessed fool and married Juliet, Tybalt and Mercutio wouldn’t have died.
However, I don’t think it was entirely his fault. The bad blood between the families had ran very deep and while Romeo was growing up, he looked up at his parents as role models, as any young child would do. Due to the fact that they had been bickering with the Capulet family, he may have thought that killing Tybalt was acceptable. ‘From ancient grudge break to new mutiny, Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean. ’ Although Romeo did kill Tybalt, if there wasn’t any bad blood between the two families in the first place, this wouldn’t have happened.
It also wouldn’t have taken place if Tybalt hadn’t killed Mercutio; Romeo was suffering from emotional trauma and was sticking up for his closest friend, it was an eye for an eye. The bad blood between the Capulet’s and the Montague runs very deep; there is a general bitterness in the families. The deaths of Tybalt and Mercutio are partly due to this but also due to the parents of Romeo and Juliet. If there wasn’t any rivalry in the first place, then there wouldn’t have been any constant bickering that quickly evolved into serious trouble. Romeo and Juliet also could have been happily married without any problems.
I also think it is the parents of Romeo and Juliet’s fault because they were the current perpetrators of this bitterness. They raised their children to believe that nothing could be changed between the two families and the other family was automatically despised. In conclusion, I don’t think it was Juliet’s fault because she cannot control who she falls in love with nor can she control her lover. I also don’t think it is Romeo’s fault because he was influenced by his parents views on the Capulet family in his youth and an eye for an eye regarding Mercutio’s death.
He was also suffering from emotional trauma at the time so he may have acted rashly. I think it is the bad feeling between the families and the parents fault that Tybalt and Mercutio died. This is because if there wasn’t any bad blood in the first place the situation wouldn’t have arisen and Mercutio and Tybalt would still be alive. In addition, had the parents decided to end the rivalry and not bring their children up to despise the other family, again Tybalt and Mercutio wouldn’t have died.