Essay On Blame In Romeo And Juliet

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Blame often occurs in everyday life, usually rooting from a social issue. Blame can be coincidental, however, it can also be deliberate. Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, utilizes blame as a main theme in the play. As a matter of fact, many reasons and actions established in the play prove that fate is to blame for the star cross’d lovers’ deaths. Romeo and Juliet were born into rival families, Romeo is guided to an Apothecary who is desperate enough for money to sell an illegal poison, and Friar John is coincidentally locked into a house infected with the plague and fails to deliver the letter to Romeo from Friar Lawrence. All these arguments substantiate that fate was the cause of Romeo and Juliet’s death. To begin, fate creates a gloomy atmosphere between Romeo and Juliet by having them born into rival families; the Capulets and the Montagues. The two…show more content…
Friar John's non fulfillment to deliver the letter leads Romeo to believe the news he had been told by Balthasar. Friar John's shortfall occurs earlier in Act five, when he returns to Friar Lawrence's shrine to inform him of the horrible news. Friar John states “Suspecting that we were both in a house / Where the infectious pestilence did reign, / Sealed up the doors and would not let us forth. / so that my speed to Mantua there was stayed.” (5.2.9-12). Friar John explains how he took a visit to another Friar who was supposedly infected with the plague and the town's health officials suspected the sickness and locked them in the house so he was unable to deliver the letter. Friar John’s fiasco in trying to deliver the letter caused Romeos misleading purchase of the poison in spite of not knowing the truth. This incident is generally caused by fate because it was out of anyone's control and is unpreventable. Friar John's unfortunate encounter is essentially caused by fate and later leads to the mortality of Romeo and
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