The story of Romeo and Juliet is the best tragedy ever to be written. The tale of two adolescents taking their lives because of their love for one another has inspired a lot of controversy as to whether the adults surrounding these adolescents could have done something to prevent this tragedy. The truth is the adults in the situation are ultimately to blame for the deaths of their love struck teens. This essay will explain why Friar Laurence, Nurse and to a lesser extent Mercutio, caused the deaths of Romeo and Juliet.
Friar Laurence is at fault for causing this catastrophe. Friar Laurence is one of many who should have guided Romeo and Juliet’s love into a more stable situation. It was the Friar who married these two young adults after they had only known each other for one day. ”In one respect I’ll thy assistant” Almost every girl would jump at the chance to be in a relationship with Romeo and the Friar should have seen this and tried to convince Romeo to slow things down. The Friar then further complicated this already immensely passionate and yet fragile relationship by giving a death emulating potion to Juliet. ‘Hold, daughter. I do spy a kind of hope, which craves as desperate as execution as that is desperate which we would prevent. If. Rather than marry county Paris, Thou hast the strength of will to slay thyself, Then is it likely thou will undertake a thing like death to chide away from this shame, that cop’st with death himself to ‘scape from it ; And, if thou darest, I’ll give thee remedy’. The Friar does attempt to explain the situation in a letter but Romeo never receives it. It is Friar Laurence who is reprehensible for the death of Romeo and Juliet, due to his spontaneous actions he managed to obscure the situation which resulted in the ending of the two young lovers’ lives.
Juliet’s Nurse is also to blame for Romeo and Juliet’s sudden death. The Nurse’s role was to nurture and help Juliet make mature and responsible