"Some shall be pardoned and some shall be punished."
Whom do you think is to blame for the tragic deaths of Romeo and Juliet"
Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy about two star-crossed lovers whose love is torn from their two families. There are many characters leading up to the death of Romeo and Juliet.
Firstly, I would blame the two feuding families, the Montagues and Capulets. Their hatred made Romeo and Juliet have to meet in secret which is why the Friar has to invent the whole plan of Juliet's fake death, so they could run away together. It is because of the two families' bitter rivalry that Romeo and Juliet are so secretive.
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The plan sounds good at first, but when the slightest mistakes arise the plan ends in devastation.
"Miscarried by my fault, let my old life
Be sacrific'd, some hour before his time,
Unto the rigour of severest law."
I think the Friar acts foolishly because, firstly, he is the one who marries Romeo and Juliet. Since Romeo and Juliet are two children who were married at a young age, it made them vulnerable and unable to make considered decisions. Friar Lawrence's other foolish action is giving Juliet a potion that will put her into a death-like sleep:
"Take thou this vial, being then in bed,
And this distilling liquor drink thou off,"
He does send a message to Romeo, but one that never reaches its destination. The Friar helps Juliet fake her death and fool her parents. Although the Friar's intentions were good, the end resulted badly because he thought that if Romeo and Juliet were married, it might help to reunite the two families.
"Till holy church incorporate two in one."
At the end of the play, the Friar brings the two families together, but unfortunately he brings them together through death rather than marriage.
The Nurse is also to blame because she tells Juliet to have two marriages, with Romeo and Paris. At the beginning of the play, she encourages Juliet to marry Romeo. Then, she rapidly changes her mind and starts preferring Paris to Romeo.
"I think it best you married with the County
O, he's a lovely gentleman!
Romeo's a disclout to him."
The Nurse advises Juliet to marry Paris, knowing she is already married to Romeo. The Nurse should have told Lady Capulet about Romeo.
Tybalt is also to blame for the tragic deaths of Romeo and Juliet because he is always causing trouble and is always harassing Romeo and trying to start a fight.
"Fetch me my rapier, boy."
."..To strike him dead I hold it not a sin."
When Romeo fights to get revenge after Tybalt killing Mercutio, Romeo ends up killing Tybalt and therefore gets exiled from Verona by order of the Prince.