The death of Romeo and Juliet is surrounded with a lot of controversy on who is to blame. Some speculate that Friar Lawrence or Lord Capulet is to blame. However, could it be the most unusual suspect in the entire story? Romeo’s best friend Mercutio. In Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, the children of two rival houses fall in love but were destined to die tragically from the beginning they met.
Mercutio curses both families under his last breath. Romeo griefs about the death of Mercutio and realises that his love towards Juliet has blind him in a way that weakened his masculinity. He challenges Tybalt into a duel and soon they both fight against each other. Tybalt is stabbed by Romeo and Benvolio command Romeo to leave since the Lord will let him executed if known that the Capulets and Montagues had fought against each other, again. Soon after Romeo flees the Prince, Escalus, enters the scene accompanied by many citizens, and the Montagues and Capulets.
The day that Romeo and Juliet secretly wed was “Tybalt's doomsday, whose untimely death / Banished the new-made bridegroom from this city” (V. 3. 242-244). On the day that Romeo and Juliet married, Romeo killed Tybalt, and this act of fate drove a wedge between the two newly weds. As Friar John tries to deliver a message of Friar Lawrence’s plan to Romeo, the people of the city fearing sickness, “Sealed up the doors and would not let [Friar John] forth, / So that [his] speed to Mantua there was stayed” (Shakespeare. V. 2.
The two marry in secret and plan to live a happy life together before a deadly fight breaks out between the Montagues and the Capulets and the lovers are separated. The heartbreaking story consists of risky decisions and bad timing. Romeo’s own impulsive nature, demonstrated when he kills Juliet’s kinsman, breaks Verona’s law of banishment, and suicidal act, all contribute to the tragic end of Romeo and Juliet. Romeo allows his thirst for revenge to cloud his logical reasoning when he kills Tybalt who has just murdered Mercutio, Romeo’s best friend. Mercutio defends Romeo against Tybalt’s insults with comebacks and later his sword.
“Sin from my lips? O trespass sweetly urged! Give me my sin back (1.5.109-110).” He is saying that he wants Juliet to love him without knowing who she is.How else will they disobey his advice at all? 3rd point: They need to learn the lesson because Romeo gets into a fight with Tybalt after he killed Mercutio.Romeo loses his best friend but doesn’t think about his wife. Romeo is emotionally confused so he says, “Either thou or I, or both, must go with him (3.1.91).” Romeo just kills his wife's cousin without thinking how she would feel or what would happen.
Love can cause people to sacrifice everything for the one they care most deeply for, sometimes the sacrifice even results in death. In Shakespeare’s Othello, Desdemona and Othello secretly get married, causing an uproar from her father, who threatens her death for her lying. However, their love prevails and they move to Othello’s new position, only to have a seed of doubt planted in Othello. A man tells Othello that Desdemona has been cheating on him with his second in command which is a lie, yet Othello falls for it. The lie slowly tears Othello apart and causes him to ruin his marriage.
Meanwhile, Juliet’s father had made plans for her to marry Count Paris, upon her refusal, he threatened to turn her out. Juliet was faced with a horrible dilemma, to abandon her one true love or to face her father’s wrath and live out the rest of her days as a street urchin. In her plight, she turned to the friar that married Romeo and her, who devised a plan to allow them to stay together. He gave Juliet a potion that made her seem dead temporarily, she drank it and was laid in a tomb. Romeo found out about her supposed death before the friar could tell him of his scheme and rushed to her side.
He instructs Juliet to drink the potion and Romeo will be with her after she awakes. However, Friar Laurence was far too impulsive, giving in to Juliet’s begging and giving her a possibly dangerous drug, which even Juliet herself doubted, thinking that maybe the Friar had “subtly hath ministered to have me dead” (4.3.26). to cover up his involvement in the marriage. There are far better ways to avoid marrying Paris and reuniting with Juliet. Also the Friar promised Juliet he would send a letter to Romeo telling him that he helped her fake her death, which he obviously failed to do.
The amount of situations that occur in the span of Romeo and Juliet’s life. First Romeo “falls in love” with Juliet and gets married, then he is forced to leave Verona because he killed Tybalt who also killed Mercutio, then hears news that Juliet suddenly died so he goes back to Verona (and kills Paris while visiting Juliet), and he kills himself for his true love-foreshadowed many times. Gale says,“ But he also concluded that hate was a controllable emotion and that it had ultimately caused the tragic events depicted in Romeo and Juliet.” (under Boethius and Astrology). The feud created such problems upon the families representing how fate intervening was destined, yet could’ve been broken in some possible way. Gale says,” Language can mislead and establishes at the outset of Romeo and Juliet the absurdity of wars and feuds based on simple misunderstandings.”(under