Romeo and Juliet- Whose Fault Was It?

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Romeo and Juliet Summative Essay

Who was to blame for the tragic deaths of Romeo and Juliet? Two star-crossed lovers with a forbidden love and so many obstacles to overcome, but in the end it wasn't enough. Was it the fault of the two families and their bitter feud, or perhaps the Friar and the Nurse, or was it all just destiny in the two young lover's fate... From forth the fatal loins of these two foes A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life, Whose misadventured piteous overthrows Doth with their death bury their parents' strife. (Prologue, 8-11)

Some people argue that it was the Nurse and Friar Laurence's responsibility. They are after all the ones who encouraged the
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(III, 1, 76), Mercutio is slain by Tybalt, and with the death of his friend on Tybalt's hands Romeo becomes infuriated with him and forgets all of his morals and only seeks vengeance. With his fury Romeo kills Tybalt, and when the Prince arrives at the scene he banishes Romeo from Verona, declaring a death sentence if he is to return.

Therefore use none. Let Romeo hence in haste, Else, when he is found, that hour is his last. (III, 1, 175-177)
This whole debacle which leads to Romeo's banishment puts even more distance and difficulty into the relationship between him and Juliet. The hatred between the families has grown stronger and Juliet can no longer see Romeo in Verona. All this because of Tybalt's furious nature, which could not have been helped despite Romeo's best efforts.

The Prince of Verona causes problems leading to Romeo and Juliet's death by exiling Romeo. Romeo cannot know of the Friar's and Juliet's plan, so he does not know that Juliet is really alive.
In my opinion it was unreasonable of the Prince to banish Romeo from Verona as a punishment for killing Mercutio when in actual fact it was Tybalt's fault for starting the fight and killing Mercutio in the first place.

The families feud however did have a large impact on the tragedy in my opinion. They were blinded by hatred and even when their two children fell madly in love, they didn't have the sense to stop the feud and let them be together. Lord


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