Essay about Who Is Responsible for Romeo's Death

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25 January 2012 Who is Responsible for Romeo’s Death In the play Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare there is much debate about who is responsible for Romeo’s death. Romeo and Juliet is a play where two forbidden lovers get married in secret despite their families’ feud. After Tybalt, Juliet’s cousin, kills Mercutio, Romeo’s best friend, Romeo kills Tybalt and is banished from Verona with the promise of death upon return. Lord Capulet plans to force Juliet to marry a man named Paris, but she runs to Friar Lawrence who helps her fake her own death. Romeo finds out but thinks that her death is real and goes to an apothecary, buys poison, and kills himself by Juliet’s side. When Juliet wakes up to find Romeo dead, she stabs herself.…show more content…
Juliet turns to Friar Lawrence for help and he gives her a drug that will help fake her own death. However, when Juliet acts happy about marrying Paris, Lord Capulet is over-joyed and moves the wedding up a day. The letter explaining Juliet’s ruse would have gotten to Romeo if Lord Capulet had not changed the date of the wedding. Instead Romeo’s servant, Balthasar, delivers the message that Juliet is dead. Romeo, who thinks that Juliet really is dead, kills himself at her side. Although Lord Capulet is a key contributing character to Romeo’s death, there is another person who can be held responsible - Friar Lawrence. Another person who is responsible for the death of Romeo can also be blamed on Friar Lawrence, the priest who marries Romeo and Juliet. He gives Juliet a potion that makes her seem dead without consulting Romeo, and everything disastrous that could happen begins falls into place from there. Friar Lawrence says to Juliet: Take thou this vial, being in bed, And this distilling liquor drink thou off. When presently through thy veins shall run A cold drowsy humour, for no pulse Shall keep his native progress, but surcease (4.1. 94-99). The potion imitates death and is meant to give Romeo time to meet Juliet when she wakes. The two are supposed to run away together, but the letter that Friar Lawrence fails to deliver has all the information about Juliet’s fake death. Instead, the news of Juliet’s death
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