I think that Friar Laurence is to blame because he marries them even though he knows that something bad could still happen, “Uneven is the course I like it not.” He marries them not because he knows that they are in love but because he thinks that the marriage is going to end the feud between both families. Also Friar Laurence is the only character that really knows what is going on throughout the play. When he gives the potion to Juliet and then sends the letter to Romeo the letter doesn't arrive in time. If the Friar had thought through the plan longer it might have worked, but he went to fast and doesn't think about what might go wrong. In the old version when Juliet wakes up and the Friar tells her to run away with him and she refuses him selfishly runs away because he fears that he might get in trouble. If he had stayed with Juliet he could have stopped her from stabbing herself.
But the friar is not the only one to blame if Romeo and Juliet hadn't made their decisions so hastily then maybe the consequences wouldn't be so violent. People like the Friar tell them to take thing slow but they don't listen, “Wisely and slow. They stumble that run fast.” They knew that there love could never work because of the feud between the two families but they continued anyways. If Romeo hadn't made his decisions so quickly like killing Tybalt then he wouldn't have been banished form Varner and Juliet would not have to take the potion and fake her death. If he had told his friends that he was in love with Juliet and then Mercutio would have understood why Romeo was defending Tybalt and he would not have attacked him. If Juliet had been more respectful towards her father and till him that she was in love with another man, he many no have pushed her to marry Paris.
But also if Lord Capulet hadn't been so stubborn and just listened to he’s daughter Juliet had to say then maybe she wouldn't have taken the potion and they could have worked something out. Capulet forces...
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