Romeo and Juliet

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Thumbs Up for Responsibility

Most teenagers try to blame others for their problems and attempt to justify themselves as faultless. Some teenagers blame their teachers for undesirable grades in order to escape the responsibility and consequences of their poor work ethics. Shakespeare disapproves how teenagers act and applies this idea in Romeo and Juliet when he portrays characters like the Montagues, Capulets, Prince and Friar Lawrence as people that deny responsibility. Similar to the teenagers, these characters consistently blame fate for events in the story. Thus, Shakespeare depicts fate as a scapegoat to assert that people use fate to avoid the responsibility of their actions or inactions. Specifically, Shakespeare depicts fate as a scapegoat to assert that people use fate to avoid the responsibility of their actions. The characters believe that if they blame fate, they will be subject to less responsibility or punishment. When Mercutio, a relative of the Prince of Verona, dies because of a duel with Tybalt, Romeo declares he “[is] fortune’s fool” after he kills Tybalt (Shakespeare 125). This suggests that Romeo believes fate caused him to kill Tybalt, so Romeo does not want to hold any responsibility for his actions. Romeo does not want to accept neither the Prince’s punishment nor the idea that he wanted to “shed Tybalt’s blood” (Shakespeare 135). Similar to Romeo, when Juliet wakes up from the sleep potion and finds Romeo dead, Friar Lawrence disregards the role he took in this scheme and tells Juliet “a greater power than [they] can contradict hath thwarted [their] intents” (Shakespeare 231). Shakespeare illustrates Friar Lawrence as a “wise [man]” that facilitates Romeo and Juliet’s love (Shakespeare 145). Yet once Friar Lawrence’s plot goes wrong, he blames fate for the two lover’s death in order to escape the Prince’s punishment for “this direful murder” (Shakespeare 237). The characters blame fate to assert that people should take...
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