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Who is to blame for the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet?

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readingbooks17 | Student | (Level 2) eNoter

Posted January 26, 2007 at 5:41 AM via web

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Who is to blame for the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet?

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youthinkilikeyou | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Honors

Posted July 2, 2007 at 10:35 PM (Answer #4)

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It really does vary. An amount of people could be blamed for the tradegy of Romeo and Juliet as just about each person had something against them. If we were answering for the Elizabethian audience, it would havebeen Romeo and Juliet's fault for falling in love but, in the modern day audience it is a different matter as we see it as ordinary for a girl and boy to fall in love(although mabye not so quickly!)

Personally, I think it is nobody's but everybody's fault. I see it as the real fault was the society they lived in (the Patriarchal), this being that the men had more authority over the women and were seena s more superior. This meant that in each household, the father chose the best suitor for their daughter(someone who was rich). This lead to Romeo and Juliet unable to marry in public, which then lead to Juliet faking her death in order to be with the man she loved-you know the rest.

But also, Lord and Lady Capulet are to blame for pressuring Juliet to marry Paris and not Romeo. It could be blamed on Friar Lawrence for encouraging to marriage to end the century long feud betweent he two families and yet it could be blamed mainly on Juliet and Romeo themselves; for being such fools.

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hollic | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted April 1, 2012 at 11:05 AM (Answer #10)

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Tybalt is portrayed as the villain, yet his death wasn't a positive thing. The cause of the tragedy is the feud, since Juliet died by the dagger and not the kiss. So it's probably Montague and Capulet, together. 

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janetcosta | College Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

Posted March 26, 2007 at 12:53 AM (Answer #2)

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In Shakespeare's time, the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet would have been their fault because they disobeyed their parents. However, we tend to interpret the story as a love story subject a group of coincidences. Looking at the play, the phrases "star-crossed lovers," "Fate," "dreams," and "misgivings," all indicate that the two believe that no matter what they do, whatever is going to happen will happen. That said, Romeo's impatience and willingness to suffer for love contribute significantly to the tragic end.

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aviyalvr | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted April 22, 2007 at 7:16 AM (Answer #3)

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Romeo and Juliet are to blame for this tragedy. Shakespeare is trying to tell us that fate and nothing else is responsible, but they really are. This play was filled with choices that they had. They chose to marry eachother so quickly, Romeo chose to crash the Capulet party, Romeo chose to kill Tybalt, Juliet chose to take the potion, Romeo chose to poison himself. Fate was not responsible for anything that happened.
The Nurse was also responsible because she could have told Lord and Lady Capulet that Juliet married Romeo and Friar Lawrence could have told Lord and Lady Capulet that Juliet was not really dead. But if you really think about it Romeo and Juliet caused this tragedy.

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lollipop18 | Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 14, 2009 at 7:27 PM (Answer #5)

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But if Romeo or Juliet had told thier parents about their love for each other, i don't think they would have aloud it. Maybe if they were less childish and made up.

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revolution | College Teacher | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted July 15, 2009 at 10:12 PM (Answer #6)

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The tragedy of Romeo and Juliet were not typically their faulty. I think it is all due to the strainrelationship and the long and everlasting feud between the two warring families, the Capulets and the Montagues, that cultimates to this terrible disaster, or you could say, love story gone tragic. If all this pointless and worthless arguments and squabbles were resolved in an amiable manner, Tybalt would not have died and Romeo would not be separated from Juliet due to his exile.

 

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toby14 | Student | (Level 1) Honors

Posted October 12, 2011 at 9:59 AM (Answer #7)

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It is not Romeo or Juliet's fault that the story turns out to be a tragedy. It is actually due to the fact that the Capulets and Montagues have a horrible relationship, the entire story shifts gears from romance to tragedy since they cannot be together. I think that the blame can be put partially on both the Capulet family in general and the Montague family in general because it is their long lasting rivalry that caused the deaths of two innocent people who were in love and happened to be on opposite sides of the family. Everybody in the families is partially to blame except for the nurse since she tried to help them be together.

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parkyale | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 12, 2012 at 1:20 PM (Answer #9)

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I say that it was either their parents or Fryer Lawrence. The parents never stopped feuding omeo and Juliet. It was this pressure that had forced Romeo and Juliet to make all of those irrational quick decisions followed by the temptations and dramatical effects of being in love. Fryer Lawrence, however, gave both of them the ideas. He was the one that placed the idea of using posion in Romeo's headand he was the one that helped Juliet plan her fake death.Though he had the best intentions of helping the two, and solving the family feud between the Capulets and the Montuguess, he played a huge roll in their deaths. In addition, he is the one that told juliet to take the potion so that she would fall a sleep, and becuse of that, thought that she was dead so Romeo had killed himself and when juliet found out, she killed herself. Fryer Lawrence had also taken up a big role on Romeo and Juliet's secret marriage, which was the wrong thing to do. I'm sure he would be in trouble if one of the parents had found out what he had done. Also, keep in mind, the quick rash descisions were merely based on Shakesphere's timeline. All of these events of chaos would certainly not happen in real life.

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shrutip1128 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 7, 2013 at 8:00 PM (Answer #11)

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I think that the parents are to blame. If they didnt have such a huge fued. Probobly over something not important, then Romeo and Juliet wouldn't have to die. But if u think about it its Benvolio and Mercutios fault for making romeo go to the party to see rosaline. 

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kath555554444 | Student | (Level 1) Honors

Posted May 31, 2014 at 6:45 PM (Answer #12)

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The parents of Romeo, Montagues, and the parents of Juliet, Capulets, are the ones to blame for the tragedy because they were very strict and couldn't understand their own children's love.

It has never been revealed why they has tension between them but the reader does know that the fight has been going on for a long time. 

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Wiggin42 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 2) Valedictorian

Posted July 22, 2014 at 12:12 PM (Answer #13)

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Its easy to blame Romeo. Had he been rational and patient, he would have gone to the Friar first before going to Juliet's tomb, heard the real plan, and would have not killed himself.

Granted, had he been rational and patient, the two may not have fallen in love or married so quickly so perhaps that is out of the question.
However, it's also easy to blame the silly quarrels of the Montagues and Capulets that drove their children to such a chilling death. The fact the two houses put up statues that explain what happened seems to suggest that Shakespeare, too, blamed the feud and expected his audience to do so as well.

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eli468 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted August 4, 2014 at 6:23 PM (Answer #14)

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I agree with the above people that it can be a lot of different factors leading to Romeo and Juliet's deaths. If it weren't for the feuding families Juliet would never have felt the need to fake her death. Romeo therefore would not have gone out to buy poison and kill himself, and if he had not killed himself Juliet wouldn't have either. However, the person to mainly blame is most likely Friar Laurence.

Friar Laurence gives the letter to Friar John that would tell Romeo that Juliet is "faking her death" and that he should be at the tomb when she wakes up. However, Friar John becomes ill and is quarantined and not able to deliver the important letter to Romeo. Friar Laurence should have checked to see if the letter was delivered in some way, whether it is by talking to Romeo himself or checking on Friar John. If he would have seen that Friar John was ill, then he could have found other means to get the information to Romeo. He could have also waited until he knew for sure that Romeo knew the plan before he helped Juliet fake her death.

Balthazar is the one who delivered the news to Romeo, also. If Romeo hadn't found out so soon, he wouldn't have gotten to Juliet just before she was about to wake up. If he had found out the next day everything would have been okay. Juliet would be alive and Romeo could have learned of her faking her death. 

In all honesty, when you break it down it could be anyone's fault. Was it the apothecary who sold Romeo the poison? Was it Romeo's quick decision to immediately kill himself since he thought Juliet was gone? Was it the long-term family feuding? It's up to interpretation since all of these factors can be blamed for the tragedy.

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hermy27 | Student, College Senior | (Level 1) Salutatorian

Posted August 10, 2014 at 9:03 PM (Answer #15)

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The tragedy of Romeo and Juliet is spelled out quite obviously by The Bard in both the first and final scenes of the play.

In the prologue we learn,

"From forth the loins of these two foes A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life; Whose misadventur'd piteous overthrows, Doth with their death bury their parents' strife."

And in the final act, the Prince states, 

"Where be these enemies? --Capulet! Montague!  See what a scourge is laid upon your hate, That heaven finds means to kill your joys with love; And I, for winking at your discords too, Have lost a brace of kinsmen: all are punish'd."

These two passages seem to relate the sentiment that Romeo and Juliet share the fault of this tragedy with their parents, their families, and even with the Prince who did not take the feud as seriously as he should have.  

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meganmjh | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Honors

Posted November 18, 2011 at 6:02 PM (Answer #8)

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The families.

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