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Whos to Blame for the Death of Romeo and Juliet

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"Some shall be pardoned and some shall be punished."

Whom do you think is to blame for the tragic deaths of Romeo and Juliet"

Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy about two star-crossed lovers whose love is torn from their two families. There are many characters leading up to the death of Romeo and Juliet.

Firstly, I would blame the two feuding families, the Montagues and Capulets. Their hatred made Romeo and Juliet have to meet in secret which is why the Friar has to invent the whole plan of Juliet's fake death, so they could run away together. It is because of the two families' bitter rivalry that Romeo and Juliet are so secretive.

The Capulets are more to blame than the Montagues because Lord and Lady Capulet, Juliet's parents, should have paid more attention to Juliet's wishes when she refused to marry Paris. As the Nurse says:

"You are to blame, my Lord, to rate her so."

Lord Capulet causes his own daughter's death by forcing Juliet to marry Paris only a few days after her cousin, Tybalt's, death. Juliet protests this marriage because she alone knows that she and Romeo have been secretly married. However, Lord Capulet refuses to listen to anything she has to say and threatens to throw her out of the house and out onto the streets.

"And you be not, hang, beg, starve, die in the streets."

Lady Capulet does not stand up for Juliet when Lord Capulet degrades her.

"Talk not to me, for I'll not speak a word

Do as thou wilt, for I have done with thee."

One who sends Juliet to her death albeit with good intentions is Friar Lawrence. He is to blame for the tragic deaths of Romeo and Juliet because he is the one with the plan that ends up killing both Romeo and Juliet. Friar Lawrence is a Friar of the Order of Saint Francis so he would not intentionally wish to kill Romeo and Juliet. He is a holy man. He wants to see Romeo and Juliet happy so he has to make a plan. The plan sounds good at first, but when the slightest mistakes arise...

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