Who Was To Blame In Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet

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Who was to blame for Romeo and Juliet’s tragic outcome? The tragic outcome, in this case, being the death of the two teenagers and many others who were involved with them. Several characters such as Friar Laurence, Mercutio, and Lord + Lady Capulet caused to an extent the downfall of Romeo and Juliet. To be fair, they were only trying to help and believed they were doing the right thing. Had it not been for their naiveness and haste actions, this story could have gotten a much happier ending. This was not the case, however, and the plot of Romeo and Juliet would truly not have been the same without them.
It’s fair to say that Friar Laurence played a key role in Romeo and Juliet’s demise. He cautioned Romeo as to not be too impatient with his decisions, “Wisely and slow; they stumble that run fast”- (Act 2, Scene 3, Line 48) but demonstrated to be just as
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They had their own interests in mind rather than Juliet’s and believed she was their property. “If you be mine, I’ll give you to my friend; If you be not, hang, beg, starve, die in the streets” – Lord Capulet (Act 3, Scene 5, Lines 122-123). Lord Capulet is quick-tempered and doesn’t want to listen to what Juliet has to say. He believes that it is her duty to obey him and is quite offended when she doesn’t. “Talk not to me, for I’ll not speak a word: Do as thou wilt, for I have done with thee” – Lady Capulet (Act 3, Scene 5, Lines 129-130). Lady Capulet was an irresponsible mother who turned her back on her daughter when Juliet needed her the most. It seems very likely that Lady Capulet’s wedding was arranged by her family too and when Juliet rebels against this, she is against the kind of marriage her mother had. Lady Capulet is obedient to Juliet’s father and urges obedience from Juliet. Lord and Lady Capulet, although not directly killing Romeo and Juliet, prompted it from the
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