Capulet Responsible For The Deaths Of Romeo And Juliet

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Teenagers claim to be independent individuals, yet they still value their parents and constantly look to them for support. William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is a classic play regarding two teenagers from feuding families who ultimately fall in love despite their parents' wishes. The tragic demise of the two lovers is a direct result of the Capulet’s disregard for Juliet’s emotional well being. The Capulet and Montague’s feud prompts Juliet to assume her own parents would disapprove of her relationship with Romeo. Thus, she is forced to keep their marriage private, causing her to perform elaborate schemes and eventually resort to committing suicide. The Capulets and Montagues have been quarreling for years; as Prince Escalus mentions, “three civil brawls bred by an airy word by thee, old Capulet, and Montague, have thrice disturbed the quiet on our streets” (1.1.97-99). Due to the Capulet’s strong negative attitude towards the Montagues, Juliet believes she cannot confess her love for Romeo to …show more content…

Besides Juliet’s hatred for her parents, Romeo’s exile also prompts her to drink the poison. Prince Escalus punishes Romeo after he kills Tybalt, which is motivated by Romeo’s uncontrollable anger. The rash reaction triggers Romeo’s banishment and thus, the suicides as well. However, Tybalt originally instigates the fight, as he claims, “by the stock and honor of my kin, to strike him dead I hold it not a sin” (1.5.63-64). The Capulet's hatred for the Montagues provokes Tybalt’s violence, so Romeo cannot be deemed responsible for his impulsive reactions. Tybalt’s challenge is merely an example of “the entrapment and despair that the feud has precipitated” (Kershen 4). Like Juliet’s parents, Tybalt uses the feud as a motive for hatred, and his violence has substantial consequences, such as Romeo and Juliet’s

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