Who Is To Blame For Romeo And Juliet's Death

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The deaths of Romeo and Juliet are sad, but who is the one person that is responsible for their deaths above all others? In the play Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, there are many sad and tragic things that happen, but none as sad as the deaths of the main characters of the play. Who is truly the force behind their demise? Is it destiny, fate, or the violent feud between the two families? There is one who fits this description. Friar Lawrence is the character most to blame for the tragic events in Romeo and Juliet because he married Romeo and Juliet, he came up with the ill-conceived plan that ended up killing both Romeo and Juliet, and he kept their marriage secret from everyone.

The first reason Friar Lawrence is the most to blame for the events that occur in Romeo and Juliet is he was the one who approved of and performed the marriage of Romeo and Juliet. Friar Lawrence states this: “In one respect I'll thy assistant be; / For this alliance may so happy prove / To turn your households' rancour to pure love.”(Shakespeare 2.3.90-93) Here the Friar is saying that this may do some good, and agrees to marry Romeo and Juliet in secret. This is when he agrees to marry them together, and is where things really start to go wrong. This means that the Friar is to blame because he agreed to marry Romeo and Juliet, and even encouraged it, leading to their downfall. This makes him the character most to blame.
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