Responsibility for suicide

Topics: Romeo and Juliet, Juliet Capulet, Grammatical person Pages: 2 (600 words) Published: February 26, 2014
Before Romeo and Juliet’s tragic suicides they each interacted with many different characters, but which of these characters are the ones responsible? In Shakespeare’s famous play Romeo and Juliet, two secret lovers (Romeo and Juliet) die. They both committed suicide because of events leading up to the end of the play. Since they were so in love they could have had the opportunity to be happy together, but some other characters prevented that and ultimately forced Juliet and Romeo’s suicides. In the end the prince states “some shall be pardoned, and some punished.” (5.3.307), but he never says who. Leaving us to wonder who are to be punished. There are three characters whose personalities and actions caused the tragic ending. Friar Lawrence’s disregard, Capulet’s selfishness, and lady Capulet’s lack of compassion are all responsible for Romeo and Juliet’s suicides which makes those three guilty and deserving of punishment. The first person responsible is Friar Lawrence for being disregardful. He made a plan to get Romeo and Juliet together, but didn’t fully think through any obstacles that could occur. His plan was to give Juliet a potion that would make her family think she was dead, and then he would send a letter to Romeo explaining that she was alive and where he could meet her. He sent the letter through Friar John but did not think to explain how important it was. When Friar John later comes to see Friar Lawrence he reveals the letter could not be sent. “I could not send it – here it is again – Nor get a messenger to bring it thee, so fearful were they of infection.” (5.2.14-16). Friar John was put into quarantine for fear of being infected by sickness. Friar Lawrence showed disregard by not letting the other Friar know how much the letter needed to get to Romeo. The second way the friar show’s disregard is when he finds Juliet in the crypt. When Juliet had awoken to find her love Romeo dead the Friar heard a noise and was frightened by it. He tried to...
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