December 4th, 2013
Have you ever wondered who was really responsible for the tragedy and consequential happenings of everyone's favourite love story; Romeo and Juliet? Firstly responsible in the story is Romeo, who lets his temper regulate his decisions and doesn't wait for clear instructions. Juliet is also a significant contributor to the madness of the story because of her inability to clarify crucial plans. Finally, Friar Lawrence should have an enormous amount of guilt on his shoulders as he ignores his own sceptical thoughts and carries on with the arrangements that ultimately lead to the unfortunate demise of many loved and loathed individuals ...view middle of the document...
Clearly, Romeo has made many costly mistakes leading to the disastrous deaths of characters in the play.
Juliet’s pitiable actions in the story were also very consequential to many characters. First, Juliet fell in love with Romeo way too fast. She expresses that she wants to marry Romeo (the same day they met) when she suggests, “If that thy bent of love be honourable, /Thy propose marriage, send me word tomorrow” (2.2.143-144). This evidently identifies Juliet’s foolishness in falling for an older boy she had barely even spoken to, which ultimately leads to their marriage, dramatic situations, and death. Furthermore, Juliet did not clarify Romeo’s whereabouts nor his knowledge of the plans about the potion before she disregarded her worries and downed it. Her weariness is exemplified when she cries, “What if this mixture do not work at all? ...How if, when I am laid into the tomb, / I wake before the time that Romeo/Come to redeem me?” (4.3.21-32). Undoubtedly, Juliet really has no idea what’s going on concerning the potion and drinks it in vain. Juliet has evidently revealed to us how her thoughtless actions throughout the play have caused mass destruction.
Lastly, the most accountability for the peril in Romeo and Juliet lies in the hands of the unsuspecting Friar Lawrence. To begin with, Friar is sceptical about his own plans to marry Romeo and Juliet, but decides to go through with it. He emphasizes his dubious thoughts when he warns, “These violent delights have violent ends, / And in their triumph die like fire and powder” (2.6.9-10). Unmistakably, Friar Lawrence is extremely incredulous when it comes to everything about the adoration and marriage of the star crossed lovers in the play. Also, I think that Friar Lawrence married Romeo and Juliet for imprudent reasons and to make himself look good to the people of Verona by ending the Capulet-Montague strife. This is proved when he whispers to himself,...