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by William Shakespeare

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Who is to blame for the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet?

In previous times, the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet might have been seen as their own fault and the result of their disobedience, and it might be argued that Romeo contributes to it through his impatience. References to "fate" in the play suggest, however, that the tragedy was their destiny.

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In Shakespeare's time, the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet would have been their fault because they disobeyed their parents. However, we tend to interpret the story as a love...

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assassinerik | Student

In my point of view, I believe that Tybalt is the one to blame.

svergalla | Student

The tragedy is blamed on the blind hate feud between their two families.  Also on their youthful nativity in believing you can live on love alone.  They each had some bad advice, too and were too young to sort it out right!

judyrupe | Student

I blame society because, if it weren’t for the two families’ social statuses and their pride they wouldn’t be in this mess… AND society back then was: Arranged marriages and you do what the men say or you will be punished.  

The real fault was the society they lived in, this being that the men had more authority over the women and were seena s more superior. This meant that in each household, the father chose the best suitor for their daughter(someone who was rich). This lead to Romeo and Juliet unable to marry in public, which then lead to Juliet faking her death in order to be with the man she loved, which lead to them to kill themselves.

Society also forced Juliet into an early marriage, at the age of 13. Another point is the fact that she didn’t have much freedom to leave the house because of the 14th century Italian conventions, which lead to her not getting out enough to make decisions on her own, which ultimately led to her taking her own life which is a poor decisions.

venatorx23 | Student

I think it is mercutio and bonvolio falt they were the ones to make him to go to the party.

williamkeehner | Student

In Shakespeare’s famous tragedy Romeo and Juliet there are many things and people to blame in this tragedy. However, the cause for the lovers fall is the Prince for going back on his word of death to all who break the silence in the streets and fight. The reason he gave that as a punishment was because he was tired of the violence and chaos in his town of Verona. However, little did he know his failure to follow his rule will end in six untimely deaths.

Prince Escalus could have stopped the tragic death of Romeo and Juliet because, when we first meet The Prince he is stopping a fight between the Montagues and the Capulets and he said to them:

Rebellious subjects, enemies to peace,

Profaners of this neighbor-stained steel

Will they not hear? What, Ho! You men, you


That quench the the fire of your pernicious rage

With purple fountains issuing from your veins!

On pain of torture, from those bloody hands

Throw your mistempered weapons to the ground

And hear the sentence of your moved prince.

Three brawls, bred of an airy word

By thee, Old Capulet, and Montague

Have thrice disturbed the quiet of our streets

And made Verona’s ancient citizens

Cast by their grave beseeming ornaments

To wield old partisans, in hands as old,

Cankered with peace, to part your cankered hate.

If ever you disturb our streets again,

Your lives shall pay the forfeit of the peace.

For this time all the rest depart away.

You, Capulet shall go along with me;

And, Montague, come you this afternoon,

To know our further pleasure in this case,

To old Freetown, our common judgment place.

Once more, on pain of death, all men depart.

William Shakespeare page 17

That is why Prince Escales is to blame because he promised death to those who disturb the peace and death is not what Romeo received.

Yet another good reason to the prince is because of his punishment for Romeo because he didn’t sentence him to death after killing Tybalt but instead exiled him.

                        And for the murder of Tybalt I hereby exile Romeo and

This motion is to be Effective right away and I will

Listen to no Pleading.

And for that offense

Immediately we do exile him hence.

I have an interest in your hate’s proceeding,

My blood for your rude brawls doth lie a-bleeding;

But I’ll amerce you with strong so strong a fine

That you shall all repent the loss of mine.

I will be deaf to pleading and excuses;

Nor tears nor prayers shall purchase out abuses,

Therefore use none. Let Romeo Hence in Haste,

Else, when he is found, that hour is his last.

Bear hence this body, and attend our will.

Mercy but murders, pardoning those who kill.

William Shakespeare page 129

shahzaeeb | Student

I think that the main reason for Romeo and Juliet death was Friar Laurence. The reason Friar Laurence is because he gave the idea to Romeo to marry Juliet and he wanted the peace in both families CAPULET and MONTAGUE. That is the reason Romeo and Juliet got married.

The reason also can be there love because when Juliet fight with her dad that she did not wanted to marry Paris. Even the nurse gave her advice that you should marry Paris because you are never going to see Romeo again. She never listened to nurse and became hyper with Friar Laurence. In that pressure Friar made the mistake of giving a bad plan or advice to Juliet about the portion she will drink and die for 48 hours. In all that planning Romeo never got the letter and Balthasar gave him the wrong news about Juliet that she is dead. This is how Romeo became in pressure and also killed himself by poison

That is how the plan failed and both families are ashamed and disappoint on themselves. Romeo and Juliet dies

mdmconsult | Student

The characters the Capulets, Friar Laurence, and Tybalt are the guiltiest of all, for Romeo and Juliet's death. To begin, the Capulets are to blame for Romeo and Juliet's deaths because they are unsupportive, uptight, and uncaring. The Capulets wanted to disown Juliet when she admitted she did not want to marry Paris.

hermy27 | Student

The tragedy of Romeo and Juliet is spelled out quite obviously by The Bard in both the first and final scenes of the play.

In the prologue we learn,

"From forth the loins of these two foes A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life; Whose misadventur'd piteous overthrows, Doth with their death bury their parents' strife."

And in the final act, the Prince states, 

"Where be these enemies? --Capulet! Montague!  See what a scourge is laid upon your hate, That heaven finds means to kill your joys with love; And I, for winking at your discords too, Have lost a brace of kinsmen: all are punish'd."

These two passages seem to relate the sentiment that Romeo and Juliet share the fault of this tragedy with their parents, their families, and even with the Prince who did not take the feud as seriously as he should have.  

eli468 | Student

I agree with the above people that it can be a lot of different factors leading to Romeo and Juliet's deaths. If it weren't for the feuding families Juliet would never have felt the need to fake her death. Romeo therefore would not have gone out to buy poison and kill himself, and if he had not killed himself Juliet wouldn't have either. However, the person to mainly blame is most likely Friar Laurence.

Friar Laurence gives the letter to Friar John that would tell Romeo that Juliet is "faking her death" and that he should be at the tomb when she wakes up. However, Friar John becomes ill and is quarantined and not able to deliver the important letter to Romeo. Friar Laurence should have checked to see if the letter was delivered in some way, whether it is by talking to Romeo himself or checking on Friar John. If he would have seen that Friar John was ill, then he could have found other means to get the information to Romeo. He could have also waited until he knew for sure that Romeo knew the plan before he helped Juliet fake her death.

Balthazar is the one who delivered the news to Romeo, also. If Romeo hadn't found out so soon, he wouldn't have gotten to Juliet just before she was about to wake up. If he had found out the next day everything would have been okay. Juliet would be alive and Romeo could have learned of her faking her death. 

In all honesty, when you break it down it could be anyone's fault. Was it the apothecary who sold Romeo the poison? Was it Romeo's quick decision to immediately kill himself since he thought Juliet was gone? Was it the long-term family feuding? It's up to interpretation since all of these factors can be blamed for the tragedy.

Wiggin42 | Student

Its easy to blame Romeo. Had he been rational and patient, he would have gone to the Friar first before going to Juliet's tomb, heard the real plan, and would have not killed himself.

Granted, had he been rational and patient, the two may not have fallen in love or married so quickly so perhaps that is out of the question.
However, it's also easy to blame the silly quarrels of the Montagues and Capulets that drove their children to such a chilling death. The fact the two houses put up statues that explain what happened seems to suggest that Shakespeare, too, blamed the feud and expected his audience to do so as well.

kath555554444 | Student

The parents of Romeo, Montagues, and the parents of Juliet, Capulets, are the ones to blame for the tragedy because they were very strict and couldn't understand their own children's love.

It has never been revealed why they has tension between them but the reader does know that the fight has been going on for a long time. 

shrutip1128 | Student

I think that the parents are to blame. If they didnt have such a huge fued. Probobly over something not important, then Romeo and Juliet wouldn't have to die. But if u think about it its Benvolio and Mercutios fault for making romeo go to the party to see rosaline. 

hollic | Student

Tybalt is portrayed as the villain, yet his death wasn't a positive thing. The cause of the tragedy is the feud, since Juliet died by the dagger and not the kiss. So it's probably Montague and Capulet, together. 

parkyale | Student

I say that it was either their parents or Fryer Lawrence. The parents never stopped feuding omeo and Juliet. It was this pressure that had forced Romeo and Juliet to make all of those irrational quick decisions followed by the temptations and dramatical effects of being in love. Fryer Lawrence, however, gave both of them the ideas. He was the one that placed the idea of using posion in Romeo's headand he was the one that helped Juliet plan her fake death.Though he had the best intentions of helping the two, and solving the family feud between the Capulets and the Montuguess, he played a huge roll in their deaths. In addition, he is the one that told juliet to take the potion so that she would fall a sleep, and becuse of that, thought that she was dead so Romeo had killed himself and when juliet found out, she killed herself. Fryer Lawrence had also taken up a big role on Romeo and Juliet's secret marriage, which was the wrong thing to do. I'm sure he would be in trouble if one of the parents had found out what he had done. Also, keep in mind, the quick rash descisions were merely based on Shakesphere's timeline. All of these events of chaos would certainly not happen in real life.

meganmjh | Student

The families.

toby14 | Student

It is not Romeo or Juliet's fault that the story turns out to be a tragedy. It is actually due to the fact that the Capulets and Montagues have a horrible relationship, the entire story shifts gears from romance to tragedy since they cannot be together. I think that the blame can be put partially on both the Capulet family in general and the Montague family in general because it is their long lasting rivalry that caused the deaths of two innocent people who were in love and happened to be on opposite sides of the family. Everybody in the families is partially to blame except for the nurse since she tried to help them be together.

revolution | Student

The tragedy of Romeo and Juliet were not typically their faulty. I think it is all due to the strainrelationship and the long and everlasting feud between the two warring families, the Capulets and the Montagues, that cultimates to this terrible disaster, or you could say, love story gone tragic. If all this pointless and worthless arguments and squabbles were resolved in an amiable manner, Tybalt would not have died and Romeo would not be separated from Juliet due to his exile.


lollipop18 | Student

But if Romeo or Juliet had told thier parents about their love for each other, i don't think they would have aloud it. Maybe if they were less childish and made up.

youthinkilikeyou | Student

It really does vary. An amount of people could be blamed for the tradegy of Romeo and Juliet as just about each person had something against them. If we were answering for the Elizabethian audience, it would havebeen Romeo and Juliet's fault for falling in love but, in the modern day audience it is a different matter as we see it as ordinary for a girl and boy to fall in love(although mabye not so quickly!)

Personally, I think it is nobody's but everybody's fault. I see it as the real fault was the society they lived in (the Patriarchal), this being that the men had more authority over the women and were seena s more superior. This meant that in each household, the father chose the best suitor for their daughter(someone who was rich). This lead to Romeo and Juliet unable to marry in public, which then lead to Juliet faking her death in order to be with the man she loved-you know the rest.

But also, Lord and Lady Capulet are to blame for pressuring Juliet to marry Paris and not Romeo. It could be blamed on Friar Lawrence for encouraging to marriage to end the century long feud betweent he two families and yet it could be blamed mainly on Juliet and Romeo themselves; for being such fools.

aviyalvr | Student

Romeo and Juliet are to blame for this tragedy. Shakespeare is trying to tell us that fate and nothing else is responsible, but they really are. This play was filled with choices that they had. They chose to marry eachother so quickly, Romeo chose to crash the Capulet party, Romeo chose to kill Tybalt, Juliet chose to take the potion, Romeo chose to poison himself. Fate was not responsible for anything that happened.
The Nurse was also responsible because she could have told Lord and Lady Capulet that Juliet married Romeo and Friar Lawrence could have told Lord and Lady Capulet that Juliet was not really dead. But if you really think about it Romeo and Juliet caused this tragedy.