What character in Romeo and Juliet should be pardoned and who should be punished?What character in Romeo and Juliet should be pardoned and who should be punished?

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ask996 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

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Even though he is dead, we cannot pardon Romeo for his actions and dragging Juliet unwittingly into death. Let’s not forget that at the beginning of the play Romeo was “deeply” in love with Rosaline, and she had rebuffed him. In fact Friar Laurence mocked Romeo about his fleeting emotions.

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Friar Laurence should be called in by his religious superiors and punished, for he has committed several infractions.  For one thing, he has had no right to marry Juliet and Romeo without the knowledge of their parents and others.  In the Catholic Church at that time, bans were to be posted for engaged couples six months prior to their marriages.  Also, there were to be witnesses to the marriages.  Another infraction of Friar Laurence's is his tampering with what appears to be alchemy as he has an elixir for Juliet. Then, he shirks responsibility runs from the Capulet tomb when he knows what will happen. These acts of Friar Laurence are unfitting for a friar who takes the vows of the religious life.

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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I agree with #2.  The Nurse and the Friar are the only two in the play who know about the secret marriage and the plans to avoid Juliet's marriage with Paris.  They are the adults and completely culpable for the deaths of the two young people. 

The parents of both Romeo and Juliet are also at fault since they have willingly continued with a feud of which no one knows the cause.  They should have been the mature ones and nipped that in the bud, but in their defense, they grew up with this being engrained in their own beings as well.

 

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Lord Capulet, especially, really screwed up in this play.  If he hadn't been so adamant about Juliet marrying Paris, she might have not tried her dumb stunt with the potion.  But he's suffered enough and it wasn't a crime.

Other than him, the two living people who deserve punishment are (in my opinion) the Nurse and Friar Laurence.  Both of them really helped cause the problem.  The Nurse could have stopped the tragedy by telling on Juliet.  The Friar didn't have to try the potion plan.  He could also have tried harder to make the two families reconcile, especially since he probably had moral authority as a "man of God."

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Lord Capulet, especially, really screwed up in this play.  If he hadn't been so adamant about Juliet marrying Paris, she might have not tried her dumb stunt with the potion.  But he's suffered enough and it wasn't a crime.

Other than him, the two living people who deserve punishment are (in my opinion) the Nurse and Friar Laurence.  Both of them really helped cause the problem.  The Nurse could have stopped the tragedy by telling on Juliet.  The Friar didn't have to try the potion plan.  He could also have tried harder to make the two families reconcile, especially since he probably had moral authority as a "man of God."

  Thanks for your reply.  Do you have any thoughts about who should be pardoned (not punished or held accountable)?

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