Romeo And Juliet Have No One To Blame

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Romeo and Juliet have no one to blame but themselves for their own demise. To what extent do you agree?

William Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ tells the story of two star-crossed lovers, residing in Verona, Italy, who in the process of wanting to be together ultimately meet their tragic demise. Among the many characters involved in the play, those that can be blamed for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet are themselves, as well as Friar Laurence and Tybalt.

Romeo and Juliet can be blamed for their own deaths due to their individual choices. The star-crossed lovers both make naïve and uncalculated decisions that ultimately lead to the tragic ending of them dying proving that they are to blame. Romeo’s quick transition from being unable to court Rosaline to wanting to marry Juliet shows that his thoughts and choices aren’t well-thought out. Romeo questions if his “heart [had loved] till [he saw Juliet]” (Act 1.5, Line 15) at the Capulet’s ball although he claimed no one could “teach [him] to forget [Rosaline]” (Act 1.1.2, Line 121) proving that his choices are too hasty. Juliet’s decision to marry Romeo despite knowing the outcomes of their
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Tybalt, among all the characters in the play, was adamant on keeping the feud between the Montague’s and Capulet’s alive, showing he is culpable for Romeo and Juliet’s deaths. At the Capulet’s ball, upon seeing Romeo, Tybalt is immediately angered and wishes to “strike him dead” (Act 1.5, Line 22) as he feels that a Montague being present is an insult to his family. Hyperbole is used in the play to establish the point that Tybalt exaggerates his hate for the Montagues, leading to unfavorable consequences. In a public place, Tybalt seeks to duel Romeo and says that he “shall not excuse the injuries [Romeo has] done him” (Act 3.1, Line 45-46), when in reality, he was only unintentionally insulted. Tybalt can be held responsible for the deaths of Romeo and