At the End of the Play the Prince Says: “Some Shall Be Pardon’d and Some Punished…” Whom Would You Blame for the Tragic Deaths of Romeo and Juliet?

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At the end of the play the prince says: “Some shall be pardon’d and some punished…” Whom would you blame for the tragic deaths of Romeo and Juliet?

Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy about lovers who end up killing themselves because they think that they cannot be together. Many people contributed to bringing about the tragic deaths of Romeo and Juliet. Some should be pardoned and some punished, but I think that the tragic deaths were caused mainly by fate.
Juliet’s parents are partly to blame for the deaths of Romeo and their daughter. Lady Capulet seemed to be an extremely strict and pushy mother. “Do as thou wilt, for I have done with thee.” She and her husband should have paid more attention to Juliet’s wishes and should not have been so
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The nurse betrayed her employers by encouraging and helping Romeo and Juliet without their consent. When she told Juliet that she thought she should betray Romeo and marry Paris, Juliet lost all confidence in her and went along with the Friar’s plan. Had the nurse stayed faithful Juliet may not have felt so desperate and might not have fled to the Friar.
Friar Lawrence should hold a large part of the blame. It was unwise of him to marry the lovers in the first place. Originally he did protest: “Young men’s love then lies Not truly in their hearts, but in their eyes.” However he changed his mind because he thought the marriage might bring peace between the families. His plan to save Juliet was extremely dangerous and he did have acknowledged the risks involved. When Juliet fled to his cell distressed that she would have to marry Paris, the Friar should have told the two families that Romeo and Juliet were married and this would have prevented their deaths. He was responsible for getting his letter to Romeo. Though this could be blamed on Friar John, I think that Friar Lawrence should have done more to ensure the safe delivery of the letter. He should have been present when Juliet awoke. Had he been in the tomb before Romeo arrived, the lovers certainly would have been saved. He acted very cowardly when he ran from Juliet and left her in the tomb with her dead husband. If he had stayed he may have
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