Romeo and Juliet’s deaths are the result of the acts of many people. It can be blamed on chance, the feud, Romeo’s best friend Mercutio, Juliet’s nurse, the good Friar Lawrence or the blame can be placed directly on Romeo and Juliet’s shoulders.
Chance and coincidence played a large part in the play and in the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. At the beginning of the play, just before the Capulet party, Romeo finds out from a servant that his love, Rosaline, will be attending the party. If Romeo had not found out about the party then he would not have gone and he would not have met Juliet.
Romeo was banished for killing Tybalt, who killed Mercutio. If Romeo had not done this then he would not have been banished and the Friar could have told Romeo personally about the plan for Juliet to take the potion. It is also chance that Friar Lawrence did not arrive in time to stop Romeo from drinking the poison.
The feud between the Montagues and the Capulets also played a large part in their deaths. Romeo and Juliet could not see each other with their parent’s consent so they had to do it in secret. “If they do see thee they will murder thee.” Juliet says this to Romeo on her balcony just after the party. The feud between the two families meant they couldn’t even talk to each other. All of the fighting between the two families did not set a good example for Romeo and Juliet. In the end they would rather die and be together than stay and be apart due to their parents’ anger.
Mercutio was Romeo’s best friend and the kinsman to the Prince. He was so angered by Romeo’s refusal to fight Tybalt that he did it himself, leading to his death. If Mercutio had not done this then he would not have died, and Romeo would not have wanted revenge. Romeo then would not have been banished and he could have kept on seeing Juliet in secret.
Juliet’s nurse didn’t play the authority figure that she should have. The nurse was someone that Juliet trusted very much and listened to...
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