Throughout history, there have been many deaths caused by love. In the famous play Romeo and Juliet written by William Shakespeare, the deaths of star-crossed lovers can be blamed on many people. Romeo starts off madly in love with Rosaline but becomes depressed because Rosaline did not love him back. Benvolio tries to cheer up the depressed Romeo by bringing him to a Capulet party. Romeo then falls in love with Juliet, daughter of Lord Capulet. With a burst of passion like Mentos falling into a Coke bottle, Romeo’s love for Juliet starts this whole tragedy. The people responsible for killing Romeo and Juliet in William Shakespeare’s play are the parents and friends of Romeo and Juliet, to remind the reader of the importance of making good friends and of having good communication with parents.
Romeo and Juliet’s friends are the cause of the two lovers’ death because Benvolio convinces Romeo to attend a party hosted by the Capulets even though they were mortal enemies. This proves to be a bad idea because it causes Romeo to meet Juliet, causing this whole tragedy to unfold. Another person that should take the blame is Friar Lawrence. If Friar Lawrence did not say, “In one respect I’ll thy assist be: For this alliance may so happy prove to turn your household’s rancour to pure love”, and agree to marry Romeo and Juliet, Juliet would marry county Paris and live a long happy life (II, iii, 90-92).
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The only reason why Friar Lawrence agrees to marry Romeo and Juliet is because of the slim chance that the feud might end. As a result, both Romeo and Juliet die along with Mercutio, Tybalt, and County Paris. Lastly, the causes of the deaths are partly Mercutio’s fault because if Mercutio did not start a fight with Tybalt, then Romeo would not have to kill Tybalt to avenge Mercutio’s death. As a result, Romeo will not be banished by the Prince and might be able to stay with Juliet and live a happy life. In conclusion, Romeo’s bad choice of friends ultimately led to the death of both Romeo and Juliet.
Another group to blame are the families of Romeo and Juliet because if the two families did not hate each other, the two lovers will simply date each other like normal people. Secondly, if Lord Capulet heeds Tybalt’s suggestion, “It fits when such a villain is a guest: I’ll not endure him” to kick Romeo out of the party, Romeo will never meet Juliet (II, v, 74-75). Instead, Lord Capulet tells Tybalt to calm down and let Romeo stay in the party. This leads to all the other events, and ultimately causes Romeo and Juliet’s death. Lastly, Lord Capulet being a wealthy man is not considerate to investigate his servant’s educational background. If he did, he would know that his servant cannot read because the servant said, “but I am sent to find those persons whose names are here writ, and can never find what names the writing person hath here writ” (I,ii,41-43). This would lead to Lord Capulet choosing someone that can read to do the job, and will, in turn, lead to Romeo and Benvolio never finding out about the party and Romeo never meeting Juliet. In conclusion, the carelessness of Lord Capulet’s decisions and the family feud causes this whole tragedy.
The people responsible for killing Romeo and Juliet in William Shakespeare’s play are the parents and friends, to remind the readers of the importance of making good friends and of having good communication with parents. The deaths of Romeo and Juliet are caused by the family feud, Lord Capulet when he sends a servant that cannot read, and when he did not heed Tybalt’s suggestion to kick Romeo out. Also, the deaths are caused when Friar Lawrence agrees to marry Romeo and Juliet, when Benvolio convinces Romeo to attend the party, and when Mercutio starts a fight with Tybalt. But what if they were not the main cause of the deaths but merely additional factors? What if the people to blame are Romeo and Juliet themselves for starting this relationship in the first place?
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