is romeo, friar Laurence,fate, or the family fued more responsible for all the deaths in romeo and juliet? is romeo, friar Laurence,fate, or the family fued more responsible for all the deaths in...

is romeo, friar Laurence,fate, or the family fued more responsible for all the deaths in romeo and juliet?

is romeo, friar Laurence,fate, or the family fued more responsible for all the deaths in romeo and juliet?

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The key to your question is in the phrase "all the deaths."  That is a monumental number, ... if you want to consider the deaths before the play began as well.  We have no way of knowing how long this feud has gone on.  The bloodbath is immense, I'm sure.

Therefore, I would say that if you want to generalize by saying "all the deaths," then it is the feud that is responsible for the blood.  Children have grown up with the feud.  The feud is the reason for wishing ill, even death, upon the opponent.  My guess is that many of the children have no idea why the feud continues and/or how it started.

However, if I were to pinpoint the deaths of Romeo and Juliet, I'm afraid that I can only blame those two (and those two alone) for their own deaths.  Like it or not, both of them committed suicide.  Period.  They took their own lives.  As a result, the ultimate culpability rests with them.

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One point is that wisdom, restraint and common sense filter down or trickle down (like Reagan economics) from the top (and maybe just as effectively). Therefore, a disproportionate degree of responsibility rests with the counselors, overseers, advisers and guides of teenagers. These guides are meant to escort teenagers through the hard tortuous maze of life's hard decisions. In this light, Friar Laurence entirely failed Romeo and Juliet by becoming a conspirator with their impassioned and fevered plans. Therefore, in this light, the greatest responsibility rests with Friar Laurence who is the only one who may have turned their plans to a safer route.

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I agree with 2 and 3, even though they disagree. I think that all of these factors are responsible. The irresponsible decisions that Romeo and Juliet made directly caused their deaths. They are definitely partly at fault. Yet society, their parents, and the feud also contributed. They would not have had to make these decisions if the conditions were different. Friar Lawrence does blame himself, and some of the blame definitely lies with him. If he hadn't enabled them, they would not have died the way they did. His motives were not just based on their needs. He also had ulterior motives, such as to end the feud. He did not make the decision based just on their needs.

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I think that the passion and tragedy which envelopes Romeo and Juliet is centred around the family feud. When we look at lines such as 'my only love sprung from my only hate' we see the depth of emotion surrounding these vulnerable teenagers. There is little of the calm and rational: only voices of passion (be they hatred or love). These young people were enmeshed in a time where life was short, fleeting and lived moment-to-moment. Their deaths are a...

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