Who Is To Blame For Romeo And Juliet's Downfall

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Famously known as the star-crossed lovers from rival households, Romeo and Juliet depicts William Shakespeare’s definition of a tragedy a play ending with the protagonists’ death. However, they are also notable for their impulsive decisions which eventually leading to their suicide. For example, Romeo falling in love with Juliet within minutes of seeing her at the Capulet’s party, “For I ne’er saw true beauty till this night.” (I, v, 51) as he was heartbroken over Rosaline earlier that day. Yet, Romeo and Juliet are not to blame for their downfall. In the end, it was Friar Lawrence who killed the lovers with a corrupt plan. He never genuinely favored the relationship but only went along with it for his own desire. While Friar Laurence holds…show more content…
“These violent delights have violent ends.” (II, vi, 9). However, he does not take his own words into good use as the friar, unexpectedly, makes a plan to fake Juliet’s death to prevent her from marrying Paris. Friar Lawrence gives the potion to Juliet without a second thought. Yet, Juliet thinks of possible weakness in the friar’s plan and potion. “What if this mixture does work at all?” (IV, iv, 21) “How if when I am laid into the tomb, I wake before the time that Romeo come to redeem me? While Friar Lawrence give Friar John a letter to send it to Romeo, he did not consider the plague as an obstacle. Friar Lawrence should have known people of Mantua would not let a possibly infected Friar John into their walls as friars are known help the sick and weak people. During his life as a friar, Friar Lawrence should have help the sick and weak before to know that Friar John may not be able to get into Mantua. Unfortunately, he realizes all flaws too lateafter he has killed Romeo and Juliet. “Doth make against me of this direful murder… to impeach and purge myself condemned and myself excused.” (V, iii,
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