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Who Is Responsible for the Death Of Romeo and Juliet?

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When there is news going around about the death of two dearly beloved teenagers, there will be fingers pointed across the way from person to person. Romeo and Juliet is a popular and classic tragic tale made by Shakespeare about two star-crossed lovers who end up taking their own lives for each other. Due with the teens’ deaths, Prince Escalus of Verona leaves off the audience with the most stressed quote, “All shall be punished”. This leaves everybody (from the audience to Prince Escalus, himself) wondering of who is responsible for the unfair deaths of Romeo and Juliet. Who exactly is to be blamed for the deaths? With the rivalry between the Capulets and Montagues and the helping hand of Friar Lawrence, you can already say that these two are already, yet not entirely, to be held responsible for Romeo and Juliet’s deaths, however, when you look into the circumstance, you will see that Fate overall is to blame.

The two families – Montagues and Capulets – are to be blamed for their family members’ deaths. The quarrel between these two households is basically the main reason why Romeo and Juliet died. During the prologue, there is obvious evidence of hate and conflict. The fifth sentence of the prologue describes the Montagues and Capulets as having “Fatal loins”, meaning that they may cause the unfortunate end of their children’s lives. The Prologue also states that their children’s deaths will end the strife between the two families, this showing that there must be some sort of connection between the death and feud (Shakespeare). Since the Prologue is a small preview or thesis of what’s to come, it is clear to see that this rivalry is the root of the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. The Capulets, however, must take more of the b...

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...r Friar Lawrence’s message to Romeo in time. Even Romeo and Friar Lawrence both blame Fate when Romeo says, “I defy you, stars!” and Friar Lawrence says, “Unhappy fortune!” (Shakespeare). Romeo and Juliet were doomed from the start and the audience is constantly reminded of this idea throughout the play. Therefore, Fate is primarily to blame for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet.

Though the Capulets, Montagues and Friar Lawrence are all partly to be held responsible for the deaths of Juliet and her Romeo, they didn’t have the ability to stop the tragedy from happening. Prince Escalus has the choice to punish them, however, he should keep in mind that these characters were just small play pieces in Fate’s game.

Works Cited

Shakespeare, William. Romeo and Juliet. Language of Literature. Ed. Arthur N. Applebee. Evanston: McDougal Littell, 2002. Print.
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