Responsibility For The Tragedy Of Romeo And Juliet

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“A pair of star crossed lovers take their lives.” (Prologue, 7) In this tragedy two families, Montague and Capulet, have been in a feud for a long time. The families two children, Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet, fall in love. They marry in secret and the marriage causes many problems, including a conflict between Romeo and Tybalt, Juliet’s cousin. This tragedy is a play resulting in death for many. Romeo and Juliet are to blame for this tragedy but Tybalt is most responsible. The main reason why Romeo has partial responsibility for the tragedy is because he was very impulsive. Romeo took the relationship between Juliet and him to far to fast. They got married barely a day after meeting. At the beginning of the play Romeo was lovesick…show more content…
When Paris asked Capulet for Juliet’s hand in marriage he told Paris that she was too young. Juliet was very hesitant to marry Paris because she had never thought about love before. “It is an honor that I dream not of.”(I, 3: 66) But later that night at the Capulet ball when Juliet and Romeo met, she quickly decided to marry. “..but sworn my love, and I’ll no longer be a Capulet.”(II, 2: 35-36) This just goes to show that Juliet didn’t really know what she was saying; like she was in lust not love. Later in the play after Romeo’s banishment, a plan was made so Romeo and Juliet could live together. This involved Juliet faking death. This required her to drink a potion that caused her to fall asleep. “Romeo, Romeo, Romeo, I drink to thee.”(IV, 3: 58) Juliet was questioning the plan because she was afraid of something going wrong. Even with this in mind, she drank the potion and things went wrong when she faked her own…show more content…
At the Capulet ball, Tybalt spotted Romeo. He wasn’t causing any trouble but Tybalt still wanted to fight. Tybalt confronted Capulet about the problem, but he was told to leave Romeo alone. “I will withdraw: but this intrusion shall, now seeming sweet, convert to bitt’rest gall.”( I, 5: 93-94) Tybalt knew he wanted to get revenge on Romeo later. He later got the revenge. Tybalt killed Mercutio, which is the start to the troubles in this unfolding tragedy. Tybalt went looking for Romeo to fight. Romeo didn’t want to fight the cousin of his secret wife. Mercutio jumped in and was killed by Tybalt. With his friend dead, Romeo went chasing after the killer. Romeo killed Tybalt which made him get banished. If Tybalt wouldn’t have killed Mercutio, Romeo wouldn’t have gotten banished, and Juliet would’ve never faked her death. This tragedy has 3 people holding responsibility for it; Romeo, Juliet and most of all Tybalt. Although Romeo and Juliet were the lover birds in this, they are responsible for their deaths. And Tybalt became mad at Romeo just because he was a Montague. From this feud between the Montagues and Capulets, we learn that it’s best if secrets aren’t kept and that you don’t hold grudges for others because your family
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