Topic: Prince Escalus announces that "Some shall be pardon'd, and some punished" at the end of Romeo and Juliet. Clearly identify and discuss THREE (3) characters who were responsible for the tragic outcome of this play.
William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet tells the tale of two star
crossed lovers who end their lives because of their love for one another.
Rash unadvised decisions, meddling, and dueling matches were the primary
factors that affected Romeo and Juliet's deaths. The people who are
responsible for their passing are: Friar Laurence, Tybalt, and Romeo himself.
Through their actions, not only were they the main causes of Romeo and
Juliet's deaths, but they had also caused suffering throughout the city of
Friar Laurence appeared to be helping ...view middle of the document...
"But he which bore my letter,
Friar John, was stayed by accident, and yesternight, returned my letter
back." (V,iii, 256-258) Overall, Friar Laurence was short-sighted, and if his
plans had gone according to his predictions, they might have lived.
Capulet's pugnacious nephew, Tybalt hates Montagues, so naturally,
Romeo would fit the criteria. "I hate the word as I hate hell, all Montagues
and thee," (I,i,60-61) His anger had finally boiled over when Romeo had
attended the Capulet's ball. He had wanted to straighten him right then but
the Capulets had spoken against it. Tybalt had made a promise to revenge
Romeo for attending the party. "I will withdraw, but this intrusion shall, now
seeming sweet, convert to bitterest gall." (I,v,93-94) When Tybalt was
looking for Romeo the following day, Mercutio had taunted Tybalt into a
brawl, which he of course could not resist. It ended with Mercutio becoming
worm's meat. Romeo slaughtered Tybalt which resulted in his banishment. If
he had not been banished, Juliet would never have had to stab herself, and
there deaths would not have happened then and there.
Finally, we come to Romeo. He is probably the most responsible for
Juliet's, and his own death. He shouldn't have been so impulsive in believing
Balthasar about Juliet's death. He should have found out himself. He was too
rash. Believing that she was dead, he went to the apothecary to buy a potion
that would kill himself. His eagerness was overwhelming, and had resulted in
Without these three people, Romeo and Juliet might have lived a few
days longer. They might have been married, they might have stopped the
fueding between the two households, or who knows. The Friar's meddling,
Tybalt's eagerness to fight, and Romeo's rashness had caused their destruction.