Essay on Romeo is More to Blame in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet

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Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is about two star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet, forbidden to be together because of feuding families. Countless people contribute to Romeo and Juliet’s predestined fate and misadventures. This ultimately leads to Romeo and Juliet’s suicide. Who is more to blame for Romeo and Juliet’s death? Although Juliet acts rashly, Romeo is more to blame. Furthermore, Romeo starts the whole tragedy. True, Juliet acts naïve, nonetheless Romeo acts hastily by encouraging the relationship. Prior to Romeo and Juliet’s encounter, Romeo is in an infatuation with Rosaline. In Act 1.1, Romeo depicts Rosaline's beauty and says, "She is too fair, too wise, wisely too fair." Romeo’s love for Rosaline is only skin deep and…show more content…
If Romeo listened to Friar Lawrence’s advice, he might gain the common sense not to rush the situation and use better judgment. Romeo assures Juliet that his love is true, but takes it to an extreme when he goes along with the secret marriage. Additionally, after Romeo’s marriage with Juliet he gets in the middle of a fight. If Romeo did not engage in the brawl between Mercutio his best friend and Tybalt his opposing rival, they would still have a fair chance at survival. Mercutio engages in a fight with Tybalt on Romeo’s behalf because Romeo refuses to fight Tybalt, since Tybalt is now Romeo’s cousin-in-law. In addition, Romeo attempts to break up the progressive fight, but his actions are futile. Furthermore, Romeo getting among Mercutio and Tybalt does more harm than good because Mercutio dies. The only explanation of how Mercutio dies is that Tybalt is able to pierce Mercutio’s chest under Romeo’s arm. Romeo blocks Mercutio’s view, leaving him defenseless and feeble. Feeling guilty, Romeo feels responsible for Mercutio’s dying because as Mercutio is about to die, he blames Romeo for his loss. Trying to redeem himself he kills Tybalt in vengeance for Mercutio. Afterwards, the Prince banishes Romeo from Verona for the murder of Tybalt. Romeo kills Tybalt on impulse and does not think about the consequences and acts before he thinks. Romeo does not think at all when he kills Juliet’s cousin Tybalt. Romeo’s banishing is one of the most
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