Written By: Michelle Yang
Topic: Who is ultimately responsible for Romeo & Juliet’s deaths and why?
Death is and always will be a hard topic to talk about, especially when someone is to blame. In the play, Romeo and Juliet, written by William Shakespeare, many characters could take responsibility for the deaths of the young lovers, but who is ultimately to blame? In my opinion, Romeo is the main cause of their deaths. He rushed into marriage without thinking ahead as to what they would do or tell their rival families. He then got himself banished from Verona for killing Tybalt, and lastly, instead of moving on from Juliet, he killed himself.
Firstly, Romeo rushed into finding love. Before the night of the Capulet party, he had been weeping over Rosalie. Just a few hours later, Romeo says, “Beauty too rich for use, for earth too dear! So shows a snowy dove trooping with crows, As yonder lady o’er her fellows shows. The measure done, I’ll watch her place of stand, And, touching hers, make blessed my rude hand. Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight! For I ne’er saw true beauty till this night.” (I, V, 52-53). By this time, Rosalie was long forgotten. Romeo speaks of love when he has only just seen Juliet for the first time; he was head over heels in love after that one night. Everything that happened between Romeo and Juliet occurred so quickly that they did not even have time to stop and think. When he met Juliet at her balcony, they realized they had discovered newfound love, so of course, Romeo proposed. Back tracking, this all happened in the span of one night. Romeo clearly took things way too quickly and fell hard for Juliet right when they met, regardless of their family rivalry. This also holds him responsible for Juliet and his own death because things would not have escalated nearly as quickly if Romeo hadn’t wanted to get married the day after they met. Even at in the balcony scene, Juliet brings...