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

Lord Capulet is to blame for Romeo and Juliet's deaths because his insistence that Juliet marry Paris is what pushes her to take the sleeping potion. She wants to trick her family into thinking she's dead and run away with Romeo, but Romeo believes she is actually dead and kills himself. When Juliet learns of this, she commits suicide. If Juliet had not pursued her plan with the potion, she and Romeo would likely have lived.

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There is plenty of blame to be spread for Romeo and Juliet's death, but Lord Capulet's role in it is his insistence that Juliet marry Paris almost immediately after Tybalt's death.

Capulet misinterprets Juliet's grief and unhappiness, which is due to Romeo's banishment, as mourning her beloved cousin Tybalt. Although he has felt before that Juliet, not quite 14, is too young to marry, now he thinks it is the proper cure for her melancholy.

Capulet's heart is the right place, as he loves his daughter and wants to do what is best for her, but once he has made up his mind, his patriarchal prerogative...

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