Who is most to blame for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet?

The character deserving of the most blame for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet is Friar Laurence, because he encouraged and enabled their secret relationship and orchestrated the plan that led to their demise. Other characters deserving of blame include the Capulets and the Montagues, who continued a violent and pointless feud, as well as Romeo and Juliet, whose impulsive impulsive actions and unwise choices led to their unnecessary deaths.

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In Act V, Scene 3, Friar Laurence's fear of the guards finding him in the tomb directly leads to the death of Juliet; for, had he remained with Juliet, she would not have been able to kill herself.

Friar Laurence. ....For the watch is coming. / Come, go, good Juliet, I dare no longer stay.

Juliet. Go, get thee hence, for I will not away.

[Exit Friar Laurence]

If, then, there is but one culprit who must be chosen, Friar Laurence is the most culpable as he secretly marries the lovers, he hides Romeo, and he provides Juliet with the sleeping potion; moreover, he leaves the emotionally vulnerable Juliet when he could have forced her out of the tomb with him.

His failure to speak with the parents and seek to ameliorate their hatred and his other actions go completely against his religious vows as well as being unconscionable.

There are several people that could be blamed for the deaths of these two...

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