Romeo and Juliet
Responsibility is a major asset and decision in society. People in this world have choices. They have choices between being good or bad. Although people don’t realise they have two choices they should choose wisely. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare is a example of the two choices the lovers have to choose from. The play is tragic but exciting. The parents, Romeo and Juliet, and Friar Laurence are responsible for the tragic deaths of Romeo and Juliet.
The parents of Juliet can easily be seen as the motive for their deaths. One reason for this is that they are pushing Juliet to marry Paris. For example “Sir Paris, I will make a desperate tender of me child’s love… a Thursday, tell her she shall marry this noble earl” (III.iv.12-22).
This quote shows Capulet’s agreement with Paris to let him marry Juliet. Juliet loves Romeo, and not Paris, but her father thinks Paris is a suitable match for Juliet. Juliet not thinking of the future and what else could be possible, makes decisions without thinking and after her father tells her, “I tell thee what- get to church a Thursday or never after look me in the face. Speak not, reply not, do not answer” (III.v.161-163), and Juliet goes to Friar Laurence looking to kill herself. Juliets dad then makes a decision to move the wedding up to Wednesday because he’s is so happy that Juliet agreed to marry Paris. This upsets Juliet. Also, after Romeo kills Tybalt Juliet’s mom says,“I’ll send one in Mantua, where that same banished runagate doth live, shall give him such an unaccustomed dram that he should soon keep Tybalt company, and then I hope thou wilt be satisfied”(III.v.85-90).
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This gives Juliet the thought that Romeo will be killed. “Come, cords, come, Nurse, I’ll to my wedding bed, and death, not Romeo take my maidenhead”(III.ii.136-141).
This quote explains that Juliet would rather die a virgin rather than live without Romeo. The parents have proven many times how they could be the cause of the lovers’ deaths.
Friar Laurence can also be blamed for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. For example, Friar Laurence is the one that agrees to marry the lovers.“In one respect I’ll thy assistant be; for this alliance may so happy prove to turn your households rancor to pure love” (II.iii.85-94).Although Friar may be saying good he can be traced back to their deaths. If he had not married the lovers, then maybe Romeo and Juliet would have forgotten about each other, or ran away to Mantua, or solved their problems in other ways. The Friar also could be blamed because he is the one that thought of the plan of giving Juliet the potion. By doing this he foreshadows the deaths.Friar Laurence did not stop there he gave another conflict in the plot. Even though his plan might work it is not please able for Juliet. “Hold, daughter. I do spy a kind of hope…and in this borrowed likeness of shrunken death; thou shall continue forty two and forty hours and then awake from a pleasant sleep. In meantime against thou shall take, shall Romeo by my letters know our drif and hither shall he come” (IV.v.68-76).This explains of the Friars plans and shows how outrageous he really is. Lastly Friar Laurence could be to blame because he should have been there in the cell to stop Romeo from killing himself and also Juliet from killing herself with a dagger. If he had been there, then Romeo would have never taken the poison because he would have known that Juliet is not really dead. Friar also said he was going to be at the cell waiting for Juliet to wake up, but he wasn’t. When Romeo killed himself it was just moments before Juliet woke up, so Friar Laurence should have been there so save both of them.
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Lastly, Romeo and Juliet are to blame for their own deaths. The lovers act irrationally at times. Romeo himself is a very irrational and hasty person. When seeing him first time he fell in love with Rosaline, and he was sad and was saying without Rosaline the world will end. But when Romeos meet Juliet he completely forgot about Rosaline. Our Romeo hath not been in bed tonight. The last true the sweeter was mine. God pardon sin! Was thou with Rosaline? With Rosaline, my ghostly father?No.I have forgot that name, and that names woe”(II.iii.42-45).Another example would ne when Romeo killed Tyblat. By doing this, he was banished from Verona, Italy and now the two lovers could not get back together. If Romeo had not acted so irrational then he might have not killed Tybalt. If Romeo and Juliet were more grown up and mature than they would not has to make stupid decisions like taking the potion. Well, Juliet I will like with thee tonight Lets see for means. O mischief thou art swift to enter in the thoughts of desperate men, I do remember on apothecary” (V.i.34-36).This quote explains of how Romeo heard of Juliet’s death and decides he can’t live without her and Romeo himself commits suicide to be with her.
In conclusion, Romeo and Juliet, the parents and Friar Laurence are awfully responsible for the tragic death of Romeo and Juliet. Overall Romeo and Juliet is a sorrowful but dramatic play. The play shows how Romeo and Juliet, Friar Laurence and the parents could have been at fault for Romeo and Juliet’s deaths. Romeo and Juliet made stupid and immature decisions. Friar Laurence for giving a potion to Juliet and the parents for not letting the lovers get together because they were from different families. There are many to blame for their deaths, but the parents, Friar Laurence, and Romeo and Juliet are the main ones to blame. It is a personal decision to blame someone but either way someone is responsible for the bereavements of Romeo and Juliet.
Shakespeare, William Romeo and Juliet, International Thomson Publishing: New York, 1997.