Who is responsible for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet?
Surely in a world where lawsuits can be brought against anyone, blaming them for any misfortune, we can now understand that blame is not an objective concept, nor a particularly useful one. It is quite possible to build a case that EVERY SINGLE PERSON IN THE PLAY is to blame for Romeo and Juliet's deaths, as follows. Juliet, she shouldn't have taken up with a man who hangs around her backyard trying to peek into her window, but should have listened to her parents. She should not have gone along with Friar Lawrence's crazy scheme, or pushed him into proposing it. Romeo, He shouldn't have poisoned himself just because Juliet is dead. His committing suicide drove Juliet to committing suicide. If he hadn't gone for suicide, they'd both be alive. Friar Lawrence, Once he knew that his message to Romeo had miscarried, there's no way he should ever have left Juliet's side. He got her into this situation but didn't have the guts to see she got out of it. In addition, it was irresponsible to marry these two people who had just met without the consent of their parents. Friar John, What was he doing, messing around in a plague house? Didn't he know that the message he was caring meant life or death?? The Nurse, if you are someone's advisor, give them reasonable advice. Counseling bigamy is ridiculous. If the Nurse hadn't alienated Juliet, she might have approached the issue more calmly and found a solution that wasn't so crack-brained. Capulet, trying to force his daughter to marry someone she could not marry caused her to take the actions which brought about her death and Romeo's. Montague and Capulet, They had the power to end the feud and reconcile but they did not make the move to do it. If they had, they might have found themselves to be the parents of a happily married couple.
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