Do you think that fate or individual characters are more responsible for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet?If possible, please include relevant quotes from "Romeo and Juliet" the play, to support your...

Do you think that fate or individual characters are more responsible for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet?

If possible, please include relevant quotes from "Romeo and Juliet" the play, to support your answer.

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dneshan | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

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The deaths of Romeo and Juliet are definitely more to blame on individual characters than on fate itself.  First to blame are the characters themselves; they rush into things too quickly, never thought anything through, and didn’t even get their parents’ opinions on such a love affair.  Two more characters who seem as much to blame as Romeo and Juliet are the Friar and the Nurse.  Both of these characters claim to want the best for the one that they cared for; however, neither of them steered the teenagers in a mature direction but instead allowed them to do what they wanted.  Even though the Friar thought it would help the families in the long run, he still should have known better.   Finally, the families themselves are to blame because they never really create a close, understanding relationship with their children which would allow them to express themselves to their parents.  For quotes, look to the Friar's explanation of why he did what he did in Act 5.

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newzealand | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

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I blame the characters but its hard to pin point the blame,to some degree they all contributed to the tragedy

Some blame Tybalt,for killing Mercutio which consequently lead to Romeo taking revenge, thus becoming banished from Verona. I disagree.Romeo chose to kill Tybalt out of revenge without thinking-in the great scheme of things it wasnt necessary.Tybalt murdered Mercutio yes,but he did not murder Romeo and Juliet.Not responsible nor to blame

Some blame the messenger bcause he did not check with Friar Laurence that Juliet was dead before running off to tell Romeo the bad news.Well he SHOULD have!but I disagree that he was responsible.Romeo should have talked to Friar Laurence before he stupidly killed himself

To blame friar Laurence for giving Juliet the potion is absurd!He was desperately trying to help them be together,the only character who truly understood their position.His plan was brilliant,it could have worked perfectly,it was not Friar Laurence's fault that Romeo didnt get the message,nor was it his fault that Romeo killed himself

I blame Romeo the most. Stupid for killing Tybalt & getting himself banished. Stupid for killing himself before talking to friar laurence. Stupid for killing himself fullstop!

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