By: Celeste Smith
If anybody is to blame for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet, it would be the families. If it weren’t for the rivalry between the Capulets and Montagues, Romeo and Juliet wouldn’t have had to be married in secret; Tybalt wouldn’t have felt the need to fight Romeo (who turned it down because his wife, Juliet, was kin to Tybalt which caused Mercutio to jump in and be killed), and Juliet wouldn’t have gone to Friar Lawrence in search of a solution to not having to be married to Paris.
The families being married caused havoc and chaos around the story of Romeo and Juliet. The rivalry caused them to have to runaway just so they could be married in secret. They couldn’t have an open and real religious ceremony. They couldn’t have little baby Romiettes and Julios. They couldn’t walk hand-in-hand throughout the town’s streets. If they were to, the families would possibly hate each other more instead of coming together. It would create a worse conflict between the families.
When you are enemies with a family (or even just a specific person), you tend to get mad by every little thing that they say and do. Whatever happens, you have a compulsion to prove that you are better than that family. When Tybalt pulled out his sword, not only was that his family’s blood coursing through his veins that provoked him, but Romeo showing up at the party provoked him also. But when Romeo turns down Tybalt’s request for a fight, he used the following words: “I do protest, I never injured thee, but love thee better than thou canst devise, till thou shalt know the reason of my love. And so, good Capulet,-which name I tender, as dearly as my own,-be satisfied.” Mercutio doesn’t understand Romeo’s call to peace so he draws his sword. In the end, Mercutio falls dead by the hands of Tybalt leaving Romeo wanting nothing more than revenge.
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