Who Is Blame for Romeo and Juliet’s Death
In the other hand, Romeo’s immature, impulsive and Friar Lawrence’s cowardice are all generate Juliet’s tragedy. Juliet’s father, Lord Capulet is blame for Juliet’s suicide. In addition, Lord Capulet promises Paris that Juliet will marry to him without asked Juliet’s opinion. He also decides “Thursday” will be the wedding day for Juliet, and “tell (Juliet), she will marry to (Paris). ” As Juliet’s father, it is Capulet’s responsibility to assists Juliet when Juliet makes important decisions such as get marry, but he should not makes decision for her.
Lord Capulet considers that marry will help Juliet out from Tablet’s death, however, Lord Capulet’s foolish idea result in Juliet’s death eventually. After that, Lord Capulet does not listen for Juliet’s explanation of her opinion about marries to Paris. He scolds to Juliet, “speak not, reply not, do not answer me” (). At this time, Juliet tries to delays the wedding for more time to formulate a plan, which helps her solves all the problems.
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If Lord Capulet has enough patients to hear the voice from his daughter, he will understand Juliet’s feeling for Romeo.
Unfortunately, his impatient and irritable temperament forces Juliet ask Friar Lawrence for help, which ultimately generate the tragedy of Juliet. Next, the hatred between Lord Capulet and Lord Montague directly lead to Juliet’s death. The issues between two families is mentioned at the beginning of the play, “Two households, both alike in dignity, in fair Verona where we lay our scene, from ancient grudge break, to new mutiny, where civil hands make civil hands unclean, from forth the fatal loins of these two foes”(Prologue).
If two families do not have that enmity for each other, they will not have any hesitation with the marriage between Romeo and Juliet. Lord Capulet is so self-esteem that he can’t seeks for peace between two families. The arguments of the two families have prevent the love between Romeo and Juliet and finally result in “star-cross’d lovers” death. Lord Capulet, as Juliet’s father, directly lead to Juliet’s death, furthermore, Juliet’s lover, Romeo, also generates Juliet’s suicide because of his immature and impulsive. For example, Romeo goes back to Verona immediately when he hears Juliet is dead.
He decides, “hire those horses, (he) ‘ll be with (Juliet) straight. ”(). When Romeo gets the news of Juliet death, he should stay in Mantua until more information because it will not benefit him if he goes back to Verona. As a person who has been banished, it is illegal to leaves the Mantua. If Romeo maintains calm and waits for a short time, the letter from Friar Lawrence may delivers to him and tells him the truth of the whole thing, which will change the whole play. Similarly, Romeo kills himself by a bottle of poison. He utter, “O true apothecary! Thy drugs are quick. Thus with a kiss I die” ().
The quotation shows Romeo is immature because he kills himself for Juliet without knows the reason of Juliet’s fake death. He is also impetuous because he goes straight to open the monument rather than ask Friar Lawrence more details about Juliet. If Romeo stays sober and find out why Juliet laying in the monument, Juliet will not commit suicide after she wakes up and sees her lover die beside her. Beside Lord Capulet and Romeo, Friar Lawrence is also directly responsible for Juliet’s death. He makes not only one, but three major mistakes that all results in death of Juliet.
To begin with he gives a potion to Juliet. At this time, Friar Lawrence is the only person that Juliet will fully trust, however, Friar Lawrence shows his irresponsibility by saying, “If…thou hast the strength of will to slay thyself…take thou this vial” (). In this circumstance, Friar’s plan is very risky for unstable Juliet. He decides to take risk rather than thinks for a better plan. Juliet’s fake death does fools all the people, however, Juliet will never lie on the monument if Friar Lawrence does not give Juliet the potion, and Juliet will not die at last.
Next mistake that Friar Lawrence makes is he let Friar John to send the letter, who does not know how important the letter is. It is inexcusable to let someone else to do this urgent thing. Friar John shows his incompetence when he says “I could not send it, here it is again” (). The letter is one of the most crucial symbol in the play. To a certain extent, Friar John fails send the letter to Romeo foreshadow the play will have a tragedy ending. If Friar Lawrence delivers the letter by himself, the plan may proceed perfectly.
The quotation shows Friar Lawrence is responsible for Juliet’s death by trusts the person as talentless as Friar John. Then, Friar Lawrence’s cowardice is another reason why Friar Lawrence responsible for Juliet’s death. He attempts to help Juliet by hiding Romeo’s body, but he gives up when he hears the watch’s horn. He says “(he) dare no longer stay” (), and runs away when Juliet needs him the most. As a friar and the only adult that Juliet trusts, Friar Lawrence puts himself before Juliet, and worries about getting caught by the watch.
He shows that he does not care about Juliet because he leaves Juliet to kills herself, even though it is completely his fault. If he chooses stays with Juliet rather than runs away, he can at least takes the dagger away from Juliet, or comforts her until she abandons to suicide. Unfortunately, Friar Lawrence runs away for his own safety, and because of his cowardice, Juliet ends up dead. In conclusion, Juliet’s suicide is not only her fault, Lord Capulet, Romeo and Friar Lawrence are also related to her death because of different reasons.