How is Capulet to blame for Romeo and Juliet's deaths in Romeo and Juliet

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Lord Capulet's growing insistence that Juliet marry Paris is what motivates her to take the sleeping potion—she wants to trick her family into thinking she's dead and, therefore, unable to marry. As the friar's warning to Romeo gets lost, Romeo kills himself because he believes Juliet to be dead, and when Juliet wakes, she kills herself upon discovery that Romeo is dead. As you can see, if Juliet had not been so desperate as to take the potion, she and Romeo would likely still be alive.


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It could be argued that Capulet is to blame for Romeo and Juliet's deaths because of his insistence that Juliet marries Paris. Although he is initially reluctant to agree to the marriage (because he feels that Juliet is too young), he soon changes his mind and realizes that Paris is an ideal suitor.

Juliet, however, does not love Paris. In fact, she meets Romeo and falls in love with him instead. When Juliet refuses to marry Paris in act 3, scene 5, Capulet becomes angry and threatens to ostracize her from the family. For a young woman, this could be disastrous:

Hang thee, young baggage, disobedient...

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