English 10 B
April 29, 2017
Who should take responsibility for the deaths
Romeo and Juliet is a tragic drama written by William Shakespeare. In the play, there are many events that lead to the deaths of the two main characters, Romeo and his wife, Juliet. Romeo and Juliet belong of two opposing families, the Montagues and the Capulets. The families hate each other and treat each other as enemies, so the town cannot keep the peace. As a consequence, their hatred results in five deaths, those of Mercutio, Tybalt, Paris, Romeo, and Juliet. There are many people responsible for the deaths of these characters, and several causes of the deaths: Nurse, Friar Lawrence, the social standpoint, and the two lovers themselves.
One of the most important causes of Romeo and Juliet's deaths is the lovers themselves. They are immersed in love with each other, which is too foolish and self-willed. The two youth choose a wrong way to prove their love to each other, so their choice results in their deaths. Age and their identity are the problems for this pair of lovers, who love and want to marry each other, but always seem to be dogged by misfortunes. This can be seen when they fall in love with each other before they find out they are in love with their respective family's enemy. Having discovered they are in love with someone their family will not like does not stop Romeo and Juliet from pursuing each other. Romeo overhears Juliet saying, "O Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo? Deny thy father and refuse thy name. Or, if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love, And I’ll no longer be a Capulet” (3.2.33-36). What Juliet says is an ignorance thing only spoken by a little child in middle school. Girls like Juliet should always remember what things they are able to do and can not to touch, just like her mother. The youthful characters in the play do not think things through before they act. With characteristic impetuosity, they are always doing something wrong, things like the fight between Tybalt and Mercutio that causes their deaths. Their identity problem is more like a history thing. The Capulets and Montagues have been enemies since a time even before the begins. However, if these two families were not enemies THEIR ignorant and capricious behaviors would not bring them bad luck. IF THEY HAD BEHAVED DIFFERENTLY, Romeo probably would not have had to marry his lovely Juliet in secret, SO ROMEO and Juliet are responsible for their own deaths.
Old Capulet and his wife also push another extra pressure on Juliet that also...