Romeo and Juliet: Who Ya Gonna Blame?

Who is the most to blame in the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet?  Your post should be approximately three hundred words (min.) and contain at least two (2) properly cited quotations from the play (2.3. 45-49).  You will be receiving up to 20 marks:  15 for detail, insight, and a clear, specific, interesting thesis statement; 5 for spelling, proper word choice, grammar, MLA format, etc.  You may submit this post at any time this week; however, your absolute deadline is Thursday, June 11th by 11:59 p.m.  (As always, it’s expected that your post is YOUR ideas and words; do NOT research anything on the internet.  Doing so will result in an automatic zero.)

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29 Responses to “Romeo and Juliet: Who Ya Gonna Blame?”

  1. In Shakespeare’s play, Romeo and Juliet, there are many people to blame. The people to blame are Mercutio and Romeo as they caused many of the tragedies to happen. Mercutio is to blame because he took Romeo to the party where he met Juliet and when he died he cursed the Montague and Capulet families. Romeo is to blame because he is connected to every death in the play in one way or another.
    Mercutio is to blame in Shakespeare’s play because he was the person who convinced Romeo to go to the Capulets party where Romeo met Juliet and started their whole love tragedy. “Nay, gentle Romeo, we must have you dance” (I. iv. 51). This quotation explains how Mercutio gets Romeo to go to the party and dance where Romeo then meets Juliet. Another reason why Mercutio is to blame is because when he dies he curses the families of the Capulets and the Montagues. “Ask for me to-morrow, and you shall find me a grave man. I am peppered, I Warrant, for this world. A plague o’ both your houses! ‘Zounds, a dog, a rat, a mouse, a cat, to scratch a man to death! a Braggart, a rogue, a villain, that fights by the book of arithmetic! Why the devil came you between us? I was hurt under your arm” (III. i. 147). This quotation is significant as it shows how Mercutio cursed their houses and at the end of the play Romeo and Juliet both die. “And Romeo dead; and Juliet, dead before, / Warm and new kill’d” (V. iii. 283).
    Romeo is to blame in Shakespeare’s play because he was connected to every single death in the play in some way or another. Romeo was connected to the death of both Mercutio and Tybalt when he got Mercutio stabbed under his arm by Tybalt and then getting very angry to go after Tybalt and kill him. “An envious thrust from Tybalt hit the life / Of stout Mercutio, and then Tybalt fled; / But by and by comes back Romeo, / Who had newly entertain’d revenge, / And to ‘t they go like lightning, for ere I / Could draw to part them, was stout Tybalt slain; / And, as he fell, did Romeo turn and fly” (III. i. 153). Romeo also killed Paris when going to see Juliet’s tomb be he killed himself beside what he thinks is her dead body and then when Juliet woke she saw Romeo dead and killed herself with his dagger. “Here’s to my love! Thus with a kiss I die” (V. iii. 279). “O happy dagger! This is thy sheath; there rust. and let me die” (V. iii. 283). Lady Montague also died because of her grief to Romeo’s banishment. “my wife is dead to-night; / Grief of my son’s exile hath stopp’d her breath” (V. iii. 285).
    This is why I believe that Romeo and Mercutio are to blame as they caused many of the tragedies to happen. Romeo is to blame because he is connected to every death in the play in one way or another. Mercutio is to blame because he took Romeo to the party where he met Juliet and when he died he cursed the Montague and Capulet families.
    By: Nicholas Saweczko

  2. Romeo and Juliet: Who’s To Blame?
    Sarah Lee

    Shakespeare has wrote many different plays that have many ironic and misfortunate events. One of the plays is Romeo and Juliet. The characters of the play, are accused of at least one thing for what they have done wrong in the play, but, I blame Friar Lawrence, who had made several errors and mistakes that lead to the play’s fateful end. He caused pain and grief to those around him, does not act like a mature adult, and is irresponsible and careless.
    Friar Lawrence (suppose to be a wise advisor), was the one who married Romeo and Juliet, hoping that the feud between the Capulets and the Montagues would end. However, because of this marriage it made the two lovers become more committed and devoted to one another causing grief and pain further in the play. Such as, when Juliet hears the news when Tybalt was killed by Romeo, and that Romeo’s punishment was exile, both husband and wife was affected. Juliet was horrified because it was her husband, not her lover. “Shall I speak ill of him that is my husband?/ Ah, poor my lord, what tongue shall smooth thy name,/ When I, thy three hours’ wife, have mangled it?/ But wherefore, villain, didst thou kill my cousin?/ That villain cousin would have killed my husband./ Back, foolish tears, back to your native spring” (III.ii.98-103). Also, that Romeo could not take the punishment as a gift but, as if he was going to die because he could not see his Juliet. “Ha, banishment! Be merciful, say “death,”/ For exile hath more terror in his look,/ Much more than death. Do not say “banishment”” (III.iii.12-14). This shows how much devotion and commitment when the Friar married the two lovers. Because of this, he caused suffering and sadness in both the lover’s hearts. Another reason is when Friar Lawrence came up with an idea to give Juliet, a thirteen year old, a potion that will “fake” her death for 42 hours, instead of, trying to talk her back out of this idea. However, instead of strictly saying ‘no’ he gave the potion to Juliet because he thought the plan could still work and that he could get out of the sticky situation that Juliet is in. “Give me, give me! O, tell not me of fear!/ (gives her a vial)/ Hold. Get you gone. Be strong and prosperous/ In this resolve” (IV.i.124-126). Because Juliet took the potion, Friar’s plan was messed up to bring the two lovers together to leave, but, it lead to Romeo and Juliet’s death. Lastly, Friar Lawrence doesn’t make sure the message to Romeo gets across to Mantua after giving Juliet the potion, making Friar Lawrence very irresponsible and careless of his actions. Because of his thoughtless and reckless actions, he made Romeo think that his wife is dead and in the end result, Romeo will sacrifice himself to be with his beloved “dead” wife.
    Thence, Friar Lawrence is is the one to blame in the play of Romeo and Juliet. He was immature and reckless. He married the lovers thinking that the feud would end but, it caused grief and sadness, did not act like a mature adult and try to convince Juliet to not do this to herself, and acted irresponsible by acting very careless for not sending the letter that lead Romeo and Juliet’s to their death. Because of his unaccountable actions and reasons it has lead to a tragic and dreadful ending of Romeo and Juliet.

  3. Who is to blame?

    I think that the main reason for Romeo and Juliet’s death was Friar. The reason Friar is to blame is because he gave the idea to Romeo to marry Juliet and that Juliet should drink the poison and he wanted the peace in both families. That is the reason Romeo and Juliet got married.

    When Juliet fights with her dad that she did not want to marry Paris,”I will not marry yet. And when I do, I swear It shall be Romeo, whom you know i hate, Rather than Paris. These are news indeed.”(III,V,121-123). Even the nurse gave her advice that she should marry Paris because she is never going to see Romeo again. She never listened to nurse and she then talked to Friar. Friar made the mistake of giving a bad idea to Juliet about the potion that she will drink and die for 48 hours,“Let not thy nurse lie with thee in thy chamber: Take thou this vial, being then in bed, And this distilled liquor drink thou off; When presently through all thy veins shall run, A cold and drowsy humour, for no pulse.” (IV, I,91-96). In all that planning Romeo never got the letter and Balthasar gave him the false news about Juliet being dead.This is how Romeo also killed himself by poison because if he did have Juliet in his life he might as well be dead. Juliet says, “Romeo, Romeo, Romeo! Here’s drink—I drink to thee.”(IV,III,58). When she is going to take this poison she really does think that she’ll be doing something that will get her out of marrying Paris which will mean that she can stay with Romeo.

    The plan of drinking the potion might have sounded like a great idea at first but thanks to Friar many people died, and when it all fell apart and Romeo never got the letter it all lead to these terrible things of Romeo and Juliet dying.
    By: Nick Voelkner

  4. Attributing Blame for the Tragedies in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet
    When determining to who is to blame for tragedies, the play Romeo and Juliet is not straight forward. Many characters contribute to the tragic events which unfold throughout the story. Indirectly, Lord Capulet and Lord Montague are partially to blame because they carried their blood feud to their children; Rosaline could also be blamed for not accepting Romeo in his grief; Mercutio could be blamed for convincing Romeo to go to the masquerade party where he meets Juliet and also for teasing Tybalt into a duel in which Mercutio dies and sends Romeo into a blood rage, for which he is banished. Many other contributions are made, including insult, death, plague, cure, and plain stupidity, which lead indirectly to the tragedies of this play. This piece will focus on the author’s choice of the most direct and ever-present cause of grief throughout the play. This is: Romeo and Juliet’s passion for one another which blinds them from reason and leads to poor choices.
    Romeo is a very passionate, emotional man who feels a need to share his love with others. His passion leads him to fall in love with, Rosaline, a woman promised to chastity and therefore out of his reach. When he is rejected by her, he despairs that he will never love again, “Out of her favour, where I am in love…Griefs of mine own lie heavy in my breast” (I. i 165, 183). Mercutio tries to console him with a masquerade, this is where Romeo meets Juliet and falls head-over-heels in love. It is also where events start going downhill. Romeo again divulges all his feelings to the woman he loves but this time the woman is just as relationally needy and she accepts the offers from Romeo. Their plan to marry is secretly carried out the next day by Friar Laurence. That same day Tybalt approaches Mercutio with scornful words and Mercutio responds. Mercutio is “hurt under [Romeo’s] arm” (III. i 102) when Romeo intercedes in the name of love. Then Romeo, instead of waiting for Tybalt to be arrested and executed by order of the prince, kills Tybalt in another burst of passionate rage. The prince only banishes Romeo to nearby Mantua for the murder of Tybalt was done to avenge the murder of Mercutio. Juliet, also blinded by her passion, is distraught when she finds she is to be married to Paris. She does not simply escape to Mantua to live with Romeo but instead runs to Friar Laurence for aid. In her blindness she sees death as her only option. She charges the unfortunate Friar with the demand to “devise some means/ To rid her of this second marriage,/ Or in [his] cell there would she kill herself” (V. iii 240-243). Afterward, when the Friar had produced a worthy stratagem, Juliet, in her blinding passion for Romeo, causes more grief when she pretends death to those still alive. Romeo, upon hearing the news of her death allows passion to overpower common-sense once more. He purchases a poison and commits suicide within his wife’s tomb. Finally, Juliet awakes and her senses leave her and she commits suicide. Truly the prince is right in saying: “never was a story of more woe/ Than this of Juliet and her Romeo” (V. iii 308-310).
    This evidence does appear closer to a synopsis of events rather than a formal write-up, however, it is this author’s opinion that the simplest way to explain the culpability of unbridled passion in this story is to recount how it drove the plot of the play forward. As both Romeo and Juliet allowed passion to control all their decisions, they continued to make poor choices when hardships came. They did not stop to consider all of their options before making a decision. They did not look to see if rocks awaited them at the bottom of the cliff before they jumped. Love, passion, sentiment are all helpful and positive things as long as they are moderated by common-sense.

  5. Michael Cross
    Ms. Cox
    ENG 2D1
    06/10/2015
    Romeo and Juliet: Who You Going To Blame?

    In Shakespeare’s play based on the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, there are many people who one can blame for the many deaths that occurred. One could accuse Capulet, the father of Juliet and the head of the household, for continuously pushing his daughter to pursue Paris in marriage and eventually changing the date of the wedding forcing Juliet to take extreme measures. Or there’s Friar Laurence, a Franciscan, who comes up with the entire “fake death” plan, and informs Romeo and Juliet that this is the best plan for them to be with each other. One may even put the blame on Friar John, the other Franciscan, for never getting the letter to Romeo telling him of the whole plan. However, I believe the one to blame for the many deaths that took place in the play Romeo and Juliet is without a doubt Friar Laurence.

    Firstly, Friars faults started off with the death of Tybalt and the banishment of Romeo, “Tybalt is gone, and Romeo banished;/ Romeo that kill’d him, he is banished” (Ⅲ. ii. 69-70). After this heartbreaking news is delivered to Juliet by her Nurse, she is at a total loss for words, facing both the death of her dear cousin and her one true love never being able to see her again. When Romeo is told the same from Friar Laurence, he does not see it as getting off easy, as he should have faced death, Romeo views it as even worse to banish him, since he will have to face the fact that Juliet is in reach but he can never lay his eyes on her again. As Romeo explains: ¨’Tis torture, and not mercy. Heaven is here,/ Where Juliet lives; and every cat and dog/ And little mouse, every unworthy thing,/ Live here in heaven and may look on her;/ But Romeo may not¨ (Ⅲ.iii.29-33). Meanwhile, Capulet has accepted the offer of Paris’ hand in marriage with Juliet, which causes Juliet much distress as she does not wish to marry him and expresses so to Friar in his cell telling of how she would rather die than take Paris’ hand. Juliet states, ¨Be not so long to speak; I long to die/ If what thou speak’st speak not of remedy¨ (Ⅳ.i.66-67). In which Friar responds: ¨Hold, daughter! I do spy a kind of hope,/ Which craves as desperate an execution/ As that is desperate which we would prevent,/ If, rather than to marry County Paris,/ Thou hast the strength of will to slay thyself,/ Then is it likely thou wilt undertake/ A thing like death to chide away this shame,/ That copest with death himself to ‘scape from it;/ And, if thou darest, I’ll give thee remedy¨ (Ⅳ.i.68-76). Right here is the gateway to many problems to follow, Juliet has asked for a potion that will get her out of her nightmare, and unwisely the Friar accepts. Friar Laurence then explains the entire plan, she shall go home as if everything is normal, lay comfortably in her bed, and drink the potion. She will then be taken to rest in peace in the same tomb as her cousin Tybalt, and Romeo will awaken Juliet with a kiss, and the two lovers will ride off together with no one the wiser. Perfect plan, what could go wrong? Lots. Friar explains that his part in the plan is to have the letters delivered to Romeo, explaining to him the exact plan as well. However, everything except that happens, Juliet is found by Nurse in her room unwakeable, and she is laid within the tomb. Balthasar delivers the news of Juliet’s passing, and Romeo, despite of Balthasar’s advice, takes off. Romeo confronts an Apothecary for a lethal poison to kill himself and lay with Juliet. After Romeo is gone, Friar John notifies Friar Laurence that he was unable to get his letters to him due to the fact he was stuck quarantined in a house. Friar Laurence has mixed feelings and feels his fortune has taken a turn for the worst. At the tomb, Romeo slays Paris for getting in his way, the first death Friar Laurence is responsible for, and he continues inside. With Friar on his way, Romeo lays with Juliet, takes a big gulp of the poison and passes as Juliet awakens, the second death. When Juliet sees her dead husband, she kisses what poison is left off of his lips, and she too dies for real, the third death. After everyone is dead within the tomb, Friar Laurence walks in, realizing he is too late.

    In conclusion, Friar Laurence was responsible for three deaths of Romeo, Juliet and Paris. He was the one who came up with the entire plan and probably had the easiest part. All he needed to do was get the letters to Romeo, which he did not do. Not to mention the fact he was one of the only ones who knew what was going on down in the tomb, and yet he never informed anyone, instead he tried to run there himself, proving to be too slow to reverse the damage that had been done, and three young people died that day. Therefore, without question, Friar Laurence is at fault through the entire play of Romeo and Juliet.

  6. Alyssa Wu
    Ms. D. Cox
    ENG 2D1-05
    Thursday, June 11, 2015
    Romeo and Juliet : Who Ya Gonna Blame?
    In Shakespeare’s play, Romeo and Juliet, there are many characters who one can blame for the dreadful events that happened to the main characters, Romeo and Juliet. Some characters to blame are : Mercutio, Romeo, and Friar Laurence.
    Mercutio can be blamed for the tragic events that happened to Romeo and Juliet because he was the one who started it all. By bringing the depressed Romeo to the Capulet masquerade at the beginning of the play, he can be blamed because this is when he first met Juliet. Before he was in love with Rosaline, but when Romeo found out that she did not like him back, he became very depressed. Mercutio “thought” that by bringing the depressed Romeo to the party, he could cheer him up thinking that he would fix everything that was wrong with the sad Romeo. The one thing that he does not know is that by doing what he did, he has caused practically all the deadly events that brought up the entire play. At the end of Act 1, Scene 2, Romeo states : “I’ll go along no such sight to be shown, / But to rejoice in splendour of mine own” (I. ii. 100-101). Also, when Mercutio dies in Act 3, Scene 1 – he curses the Montague and the Capulet family by saying the following : “I am hurt. / A plague o’ both your houses! I am sped” (III. i. 89-90). Romeo was not supposed to have come between the fighting between Mercutio and Tybalt.
    Romeo can be blamed for the tragic events that happened to him and Juliet because he was the one who seemed completely obsessed with being in love. In the beginning of the play, we learn that he was in love/obsessed with Rosaline. His heart was broken when he found out that she did not love him back. He then moved on to Juliet, who he met at her dad’s party. Throughout the course of the play, he was always very hypnotized (“lovey-dovey’) about everything and tried his best to please Juliet in every way to make her like him back. He did not seem to think about anything important or the duties that he must fulfill. He always seemed to be after the fact to please Juliet in every way so that they could stay in love. When Romeo first meets Juliet at the Capulet ball, he says to Juliet : “If I profane with my unworthiest hand / This holy shrine, the gentle fine is this: / My lips, two blushing pilgrims, ready stand / To smooch that rough touch with a tender kiss” (I. v. 93-96). This shows that Romeo speaks to her in such a passion that he seems completely confused with everything else that surrounds him at that moment.
    Friar Laurence can be blamed for the tragic events that happened to Romeo and Juliet because he was the one who married Romeo and Juliet together in the first place, thinking that the Montagues and the Capulets would resolve their conflicts and differences and that the feuding between the families would come to an end. Later on, he tries to hide what he has done because he knows that what he did is wrong. He doesn’t want to lose his ‘good’ reputation of being a noble priest to the Montagues and the Capulets so he tries to hide it all throughout the play. At the end of the play, he realizes that he can no longer hide it any more so he confesses to the parents when Romeo, Juliet and Paris are found dead in the tomb. Another point to consider is that when Juliet told him that she did not want to marry Paris, he gave a liquor that would only make her seem dead so that later on, she could run away and be with Romeo : “Take thou this vial, being then in bed, / And this distilled liquor drink thou off; / When presently through all thy veins shall run” (IV. i. 93-95). This was not a good decision made by the Friar because everything seemed to end in a tragedy. It seems to be a total sense of misfortune.
    Shakespeare’s play, Romeo and Juliet, has many characters whom one can blame for the tragic events that happened to Romeo and Juliet. I blame Mercutio – for when he brought the depressed Romeo to the Capulet masquerade, Romeo – for when he was always so lost in the world of love to care about anything else, and Friar Laurence – when he married Romeo and Juliet together and when he gave Juliet the potion to make her only seem dead.

  7. In this Shakespeare book of Romeo and Juliet, there are many people to blame for whose fault of killing them. I blame a couple of people, including Friar Laurence and Mercutio. I blame Friar Laurence for not sending the letter himself and not planning better. Also I blame Mercutio for bringing romeo to the party where he met Juliet and fell in love.
    Friar Laurence is to blame because he had given Juliet a potion to put her to sleep and have no pulse to imitate death. One thing that the Friar did wrong in the process was not sending Friar John earlier, closer to the day that he had given the potion to Juliet. Since Friar John couldn’t deliver the letter to Romeo things had gone terribly wrong, as it says in this quotation “I could not send it,-here it is again,-/Nor get a messenger to bring it to thee,/ So fearful were they of infection” (V.ii.14-16). After Friar Laurence found out that Romeo didn’t get the letter, he went to the tomb to be there when Juliet awakens as described in this quotation, “Now must i got to the monument alone;/ Within this three hours fair Juliet wake./ She will beshrew me much that Romeo/ Hath had no notice of these accidents;/ But I will write again to Mantua,/ And keep her at my cell till Romeo come;/ Poor living corse, closed in a dead man’s tomb!” (V.11.24-30). However, Romeo thought that Juliet was dead because Benvolio came before Friar John with the message that Juliet was dead, but what Benvolio didn’t know was that she wasn’t actually dead. Once Friar Laurence had finally gotten to the tomb, he saw that Romeo had found out and killed himself, but Juliet killed herself even after talking to the Friar. Therefore, Friar Laurence is to blame for not sending Friar John earlier to deliver the news.
    Another person to blame for the death of Romeo and Juliet is Mercutio. Mercutio is to blame because he was the one who had brought Romeo to the Capulet’s party, where he met Juliet. What Mercutio should’ve done, was not bring him to the party, considering that Romeo was still depressed about Rosaline, but not push him into doing something he didn’t want to do. To bring Romeo to the party, Mercutio said “Nay, gentle Romeo, we must have you dance” (I.iv.13). Once Romeo went to the party and saw Juliet, they instantly fell in love, and got over Rosaline. Granted that Mercutio didn’t bring Romeo to the party, he wouldn’t have met Juliet. Also, Mercutio, Juliet, and Romeo wouldn’t have died, by the love between the hatred of the two families. Also, Mercutio stated “You are a lover; borrow Cupid’s wings,/ Too great oppression for a tender thing”(I.iv.17-18).
    In conclusion, Friar Laurence and Mercutio are blamed in my opinion for killing Romeo and Juliet. I blame Friar Laurence because he didn’t manage to get the letter to Romeo on time. Mercutio is to blame because he had brought Romeo to the Capulet’s party, where he met Juliet and fell in love with her.

  8. Who is to Blame?
    Olivia Lu
    In the play of Romeo and Juliet, there are many people to blame for the misfortunate events. Many of these misfortunate events were caused by bad timing and luck, and the person who displayed these actions the most was Friar Lawrence. Friar Lawrence made several mistakes which lead to the final and fatal death of Romeo and Juliet.
    One of the first mistakes that Friar Lawrence committed was marrying Romeo and Juliet, this marriage created many conflicts throughout the book. Even though his intends were for the better, Friar Lawrence made it so the commitment of the two lovers would never break, he does this by saying, “Till Holy Church incorporate two in one” (II. vi. 37). Friar Lawrence lead to the grief that Juliet portrayed, when her husband, not just lover, was the murderer of her cousin. This same grief also became the reason for Juliet’s parents to marry her to Paris, which would make the Friar contradict with the oaths that Romeo and Juliet made and create suicidal thoughts for Juliet.
    With the suicidal thoughts of Juliet, the Friar created an even more devastating decision. This poor decision of making a magic potion to fake Juliet’s death, was irresponsible and careless. The Friar talks about his terrible idea when he says, → “That copest with death himself to ‘scape from it;\ And, if thou darest, I’ll give thee remedy” (IV. i. 75-76). Friar Lawrence clearly did not think of all the bad outcomes of faking Juliet’s death, that actually did end up happening. The Friar relied on a messenger to get the message to Romeo before hearing about Juliet’s death, and was careless to think about Juliet’s parents’ feelings and emotions. He definitely was not a good caretaker, for he entrusted a teen into taking a potion that would deceive everyone. He did not even try to convince Juliet to make a better decision but instead went to make a potion to hide her away and let her run off with her lover.
    The final mistake Friar Lawrence made was responsible for the death of Juliet. The Friar was responsible for this fatal action when he decided it was a safe idea to let a girl, that was desperately in love, to stay with her dead husband right after he died. Friar Lawrence explains this when he says,“Now must I to the monument alone;/ within this three hours” (V. ii. 24-25). The Friar should have known that Juliet would try to kill herself after he left because, why would she not risk the same as her husband? Friar Lawrence was the one to blame when he decided to leave Juliet with Romeo’s dead body.
    It is obvious that Friar Lawrence was the one to blame for the fate of the two lovers, Romeo and Juliet. For the many ironic mistakes the Friar made the plot of this play got more chaotic and frustrating. But, of course, with these fatal mistakes by the Friar, the play is now the most well known for it’s plot and sorrowful ending.

  9. Megan Verbeek
    June 10th 2015
    Ms. Cox
    ENG2D1
    Romeo is to blame.
    In Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet, there are many characters who one can blame for the various deaths. Romeo is the one I blame the most. He screwed up many times in the play and really, just made things worse for himself in the end. He misunderstood many events and caused the deaths that way. He killed Tybalt and then when he went to see Juliet in her tomb, he killed himself laying on her, she then woke up and killed herself because she found him dead.
    With all the deaths in the play, Romeo is the first one I blame. He completely ruined his chances with his and Juliet’s marriage when he fought with the Capulets in the streets and killed Tybalt. When Juliet said “When I, thy three-hours wife, have mangled it” (III. ii. 99). Juliet knew it was over with Romeo, he ruined their marriage. With Tybalt’s death, it ultimately leads to Juliet’s and Romeo’s own deaths later in the play. When he killed Tybalt, he was supposed to be killed as his punishment. Therefore when he heard of his punishment, he knew he couldn’t be with Juliet anymore. This caused him to try and save himself so, he ran away instead. But by running away, he caused many more complications in the marriage. Juliet was forced to fake her death to get out of her marriage with Paris. Then Romeo, didn’t get the letter from the Friar, so when he gets the news Juliet is “dead” he mourned a lot. “Well Juliet, I will lie with thee to’night” (V. i. 34). He says as he plans to kill himself just to be with her one last time. When Romeo gets to Juliet’s tomb, her slumber is almost over, and he still doesn’t know she’s just asleep. When Romeo drinks to his death for Juliet he exclaims “Here’s to my love! O true apothecary!/ Thy drugs are quick. Thus with a kiss I die.” (V. iii. 119-120). And once he dies, Juliet wakes up, only to realise that Romeo is dead, and so is her back-up plan, Paris.
    In the end, Romeo being a love sick puppy, he overreacted to everything he did. And by doing so, he messed up by killing tybalt, and ruining his marriage, and then he killed himself when juliet is just asleep, thinking she is dead.

  10. Sierra Handley
    Romeo and Juliet: Who are you going to blame?
    Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, is an unfortunate series of bad decisions and characters having bad timing, all leading up to the death of the two love sick teens. Many characters contributed to their death but two of the people I blame are Friar Laurence and Juliet herself.
    I blame Friar Laurence for the death of Romeo and Juliet. From the start he made bad decisions. His first mistake was marrying the two teens after only 48 hours of meeting. His second mistake was giving Juliet the potion to fake her death so she can reunite with Romeo in Mantua. “Take thou this vial, being in bed,/ And this distilled liquor drink thou off” (IV.i.90-95).
    This was a bad idea all around, the odds of the plan actually working are slim. Also, counting on an unreliable person to deliver a message that was quite literally a life or death situation. Then add on the fact that he waited until the bad news to come that he finally went to stay with the girl who he gave a potion to temporarily kill her.
    This passage proves Friar’s plans failed, “A greater power than we can contradict/ Hath thwarted our intents” (V.iii.150-55). In a nutshell, he said that he knew it was wrong to go against ‘the greater good’ and because of that the outcome resulted in epic failure.
    The second person I blame for Romeo and Juliet’s death is Juliet. Her teenage brain was so foggy from this idea of love that she put aside any morals to try and achieve this nearly impossible goal of being with her love, Romeo. Only 48 hours after meeting, Juliet promised to marry Romeo, she kept that promise, the only problem was that her father, Lord Capulet has other plans for her. Two acts later she was in Friar’s office ready to kill herself because she would rather die than marry Paris and be away from her husband Romeo. Being the immature girl she was, she decided to accept the Friar’s offer of a potion that killed her for a day and although her response showed her dedication to Romeo, it wasn’t the most practical thing to do. “Romeo, I come! This do I drink to thee” (IV.iii.55). The consequences of this decision were Romeo’s suicide, spoiling the entire plan.

  11. Friar Laurence Ruined My Life

    In Shakespeare’s, Romeo and Juliet, there are many people that can be blamed for the tragedy of the play. Above all people, I blame Friar Laurence because he married Romeo and Juliet. He also gave Juliet the idea to take the potion and did not try to stop Juliet from killing herself when she found out Romeo was dead.

    Friar Laurence decides he will marry Romeo and Juliet, even though he knows of the quarrels between the two families. The Friar says, “For this alliance many so happy prove,/ To turn your households’ rancour to pure love” (II. iii. 91-92). He thinks them being married will help solve the feud between the two families, which ends up causing major conflicts. During this time period, you can not be married to more than one person. So, when Paris comes to the Friar asking him to marry Juliet and him, the Friar sees the obvious issue of not being able to marry them because Juliet is already married to Romeo. When Juliet comes to him saying she would rather die than marry Paris, he offers a quick solution, which not only helps his conflict, but helps Juliet. The Friar suggests an idea, “Thou hast the strength of will to slay thyself,/ Then it is likely thou wilt undertake/ A thing like death to chide away this shame,/ That copest with death himself to ‘ scape from it;/ And, if thou darest, I’ll give thee remedy” (IV, i, 72-76). Juliet likes the idea of pretending to be dead for 42 hours, with the Friar promising that he will contact Romeo by letter to come get her from the tomb. He knows that this is going against both of their families and that it would get him into serious trouble if he was caught, but he does it anyways. Friar Laurence gives the letter to Friar John to bring to Romeo. Since Friar John could not get into Mantua because of the plague, he states, “I could not send it,-here it is again,-/ Nor get a messenger to bring it thee,/ So fearful were they of infected” (V. ii. 14-16). Friar John does not think the letter is important to deliver right away because he does not know the content of the letter. This makes it Friar Laurence’s fault because it was his job to deliver the letter, but he put it in the hands of another and the task was failed. When Friar Laurence enters the tomb, he sees that Romeo has already died and Juliet has just awoken. He knows how upset Juliet is when he sees her, he admonishes, “Stay not to question, for the watch is coming;/ Come, go, good Juliet, I dare no longer stay” (V. iii. 158-159). to which Juliet responds, “Go, get thee hence, for I will not away” (V. iii. 160). After Friar Laurence leaves. He knows Juliet will kill herself because her true love is dead, but instead of trying to convince her to leave after she says she doesn’t want to go, he left her alone to save himself because he does not want to get in trouble for all the things he did, which caused the death of both Romeo and Juliet.

    Considering the facts, I would blame Friar Laurence for the conclusion of Romeo and Juliet. He made the mistake of marrying Romeo and Juliet thinking it would mend the hate between the two families. He gave Juliet the idea to take the potion that made her look dead for 42 hours, promising he would deliver a letter to Romeo to come save her. When Romeo thinks she’s dead and kills himself, the Friar knows Juliet will do the same. He leaves her when she said she would not go with him because he did not want to get caught for all the wrong he committed.

  12. Alana Krzeczkowski
    Ms. Cox
    ENG 2D1
    06/10/2015
    Romeo and Juliet Who’s to Blame: Mercutio is the Worst Person Ever

    There are many people who one can blame in Shakespeare’s play, Romeo and Juliet. The character that causes the most mayhem is Mercutio, when he takes Romeo to the party, kills Tybalt, and curses the Montagues.

    At the start of the play, Mercutio convinces Romeo to go to the Capulet ball, even though he knows that it could get them trouble. This causes Romeo and Juliet to meet, which is the start of the tragedy. Mercutio was the reason why they had the opportunity to fall in love. The same love that grew so passionate that later killed them in the end. Another event that leads to the tragic ending starts at the ball, when Tybalt sees the Montague boys, he becomes very enraged. Tybalt states, “This, by his voice, should be a Montague. Fetch me my rapier, boy. What dares the slave/ Come hither, cover’d with an antic face,/ To fleer and scorn at our solemnity? Now, by the stock and honour of my kin,/ To strike him dead I hold it not a sin” (V. I. 55-59). This causes a whole other set of events that leads to their deaths, by starting an unnecessary feude. A couple of scenes later in the play, Tybalt seeks out Romeo to kill him for coming to the ball. When Romeo says that he does not wish to fight, Mercutio’s huge temper takes over, starting the fight that later gets Romeo banished. When Romeo gets in the way, Mercutio is stabbed. His last dying words are to curse Romeo and his family. Mercutio says, “A plague o’both your houses! ‘Zounds, a dog, a rat, a mouse, a cat, to scratch a man to death!” (I. III. 98-100). He wishes plague to come to Romeo’s family. One can prove that the curse affects the play because when Friar John goes to deliver the letter that says Juliet is not really dead, he gets stopped because of the plague going around in Verona. Mercutio’s curse stops the letter from being delivered, making Romeo believe that Juliet is really dead. After Mercutio dies, Romeo is so filled with anger that gives him to motive to retaliate, and kill Tybalt. The Prince decides that the suitable punishment for Romeo is to be banished from Verona. He demands, “And fro the offence/ Immediately we do exile him hence” (I. III. 185-186). Now, Romeo and Juliet can not be together, and this leads to Juliet faking her death; which kills them both. All these events are created because of Mercutio’s decisions and actions.

    Mercutio is easily one of the main characters to blame for Shakespeare’s tragedy, Romeo and Juliet. He evoked all of the events that lead to Romeo and Juliet both killing themselves. His initial action to make Romeo go to the ball, cursing Romeo’s family on his death bed, and killing Tybalt; are all reasons why Mercutio is the one to blame. His irrational decisions create one of the most emotional Shakespeare plays, Romeo and Juliet.

  13. Who Is To Blame; Romeo and Juliet
    In Shakespeare’s, Romeo and Juliet, Juliet is forced to marry County Paris, a kinsman to the Prince. She does not want to go through with the marriage and “kills” herself with the poison that Friar Lawrence brewed for Juliet in his cell. Juliet drinks the poison so she will be dead on her wedding day. The wedding then turns into a funeral and Romeo kills himself to be with his beloved Juliet. Juliet then wakes from the potion and takes her own life to be with Romeo. In Romeo and Juliet I think Mercutio is to blame for the death of Romeo and Juliet because he took Romeo to the Capulet Masquerade, The fight between him and Tybalt. Also to blame is Friar Lawrence because he wedded them and created the potion for Juliet, which eventually led to the lover’s death.
    Mercutio is a cause for the death of Romeo and Juliet because Mercutio brought Romeo to the Capulet masquerade party and that is where he forgot about Rosaline and met Juliet. When they met Romeo and Juliet instantly fell in love with each other and got married the next day. When Mercutio thought about bringing Romeo to the party he probably never thought that he would start a new relationship between Romeo and Juliet. At the party Mercutio says “And, to sink in it, should you burden love; Too great oppression for a tender thing,” (1.4 23-24). This is one reason why Romeo and Juliet died at the end.
    Also, Mercutio is to blame for the death of Romeo because he aggravated the death of Juliet’s cousin Tybalt which led to the false predicament of Juliet mourning over Tybalt’s death, which eventually led to the setup of the marriage to Paris to make her happier. Mercutio didn’t have to fight Tybalt but he started it by making jokes and saying stuff to Tybalt. Mercutio “plays” with Tybalt and comments “Consort! What, dost thou make us minstrels? But discords. Here’s my fiddle-stick;/ here’s that shall make you dance. ’Zounds, consort, (3.1 45-48). The death of Tybalt by Romeo let to the banishment of Romeo and the continuous crying. The Capulet family thought that Juliet was crying over Tybalt but she was crying over the banishment of Romeo. The Capulets hurried the marriage of Juliet and Paris to make her happy but she doesn’t want Paris to be her husband, because she is already married to Romeo.
    Friar Lawrence, A religious confessor agreed to wed Romeo and Juliet but advised to proceed with caution. Romeo concedes to what Lawrence says and weds them the day after they met. Friar Lawrence wedded them behind the Capulets back and the only person who knows is the Nurse. Friar Lawrence thinks that the marriage between them would bring the Montagues and Capulets together. “O,she knew well thy love did read by the rote that could not spell. But come, my young waverer, come, go with me, In one respect I’ll assistant be;/ For this alliance may so happy prove, to turn your households’ rancor to pure love,” (2.3 87-92). This is one reason that Friar Lawrence is to blame for the lover’s death.
    Friar Lawrence also pulled another bad move, when he created and gave the “poison” for Juliet. I’m sure he never thought that the consequences would’ve went that extreme but he should have maybe told Romeo about the plan before Juliet would drink it. This was a big mistake because it made Romeo return to the city form which he was banished from and die beside the “sleeping” Juliet. He should have been more clear with his instructions and let Romeo what he was doing earlier instead of delaying it. “Hold;/ get you gone, be strong and prosperous in this resolve, I’ll send a friar with speed to Mantua, with my letters to thy lord,” (4.1 122-124). He says he will send a friar but should’ve send multiple people to make sure it does reach him.
    Therefore, not just one person is responsible for the death Romeo and Juliet. I think Friar Lawrence and Mercutio are the most responsible for their death because the carelessness and unpreparation they had. In Romeo and Juliet I think Mercutio is to blame for the death of Romeo and Juliet because he took Romeo to the Capulet Masquerade, The fight between him and Tybalt. Also to blame is Friar Lawrence because he wedded them and created the potion for Juliet, which eventually led to the lover’s death.

    Jarod Rogers

  14. Who Ya Gonna Blame?
    Romeo and Juliet
    June 12, 2015

    In the play, Romeo and Juliet, there are many people who could be blamed for the tragedy. However, there is one person that really causes everything to happen, just by inviting Romeo to a party. The person who caused the tragedy is Mercutio, and the party he brought Romeo to was the beginning of it all.
    This whole tragedy began in the beginning, Mercutio was trying to help Romeo get over Rosaline by bringing him to a party. Mercutio and Benvolio were trying to get him to forget about my Rosaline, Benvolio says to Romeo, ¨Examine other beauties¨ (1.I. 224). At the party, Romeo did just that. Mercutio had told him to enjoy himself, ¨Nay, gentle Romeo, we must have you dance¨ (1.IV. 13). There is what started the tragic ending to this play. Romeo and Juliet fell in love within minutes, they danced and they kissed. However, they did not know they were from different houses, Tybalt did however.
    Tybalt went to Romeo to talk to him or fight him. Mercutio stood in Romeo’s place which caused the first tragedy to occur, Mercutio was stabbed by Tybalt. “Ask for me to-morrow, and you shall find me a grave man. I am peppered, I warrant, for this world. A plague o’ both your houses!” (3.I.96). This quote is important because Mercutio cursed both houses as he knew Romeo and Juliet should not see each other. The two of them both died at the end. Romeo went after Tybalt in anger, Romeo ended up killing him which was the real beginning of everything.
    Romeo was banished which allowed Lord Capulet to let Paris marry Juliet. “O’ Thursday let it be, -o’ Thursday, tell her, She shall be married to this noble earl” (3.IV.20). Juliet drank Friar Lawrence’s potion and was “dead”, “Romeo, I come! This do I drink to thee” (4.III.58) Romeo goes to the grave to see Juliet’s corpse and then drinks his potion “Here’s to my love! O true apothecary! Thy drugs are quick. Thus with a kiss I die” (5.III.119). Juliet sees the poison bottle in his hand and tries to get some to kill herself by kissing him “I will kiss thy lips; Haply some poison yet doth hang on them, To make me die with a restorative” (5.III.164). When the potion does not work, she shoves a dagger into herself to kill her so she can be with Romeo.
    All of this tragedy is caused by one simple flaw in Mercutio’s plan to help Romeo get over Rosaline, his flaw was this, Romeo may fall in love with the wrong person.

  15. In Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet, there are many people who one can blame for the tragedies that occur. The person who is most to blame for the death of Romeo and Juliet is Mercutio. In the play, Mercutio is Romeo’s sarcastic, jokester friend who tries to get Romeo over his previous love Roseline.

    In attempts to get Romeo to move on from his ex-love Rosaline, Mercutio forces Romeo to go to the Capulet masquerade party with him and Benvolio. They are careless to the fact that they could get in a lot trouble if the Capulets discovered their attendance. Mercutio, Romeo and Benvolio going to the party is the simple act is what started it all. “I’ll go along with so such sight to be shown,/ But to rejoice in splendour of mine own.” (I.ii. 100-101). Says Romeo. Mercutio forcing Romeo to go to the party, resulted in Romeo and Juliet meeting, and undoubtedly falling in love. This is the love that ended up killing them in the end of the play.

    Mercutio is also to blame because his poor decisions got Romeo banished from Verona. During Mercutio’s final fight scene, he starts a brawl with Tybalt. Tybalt then defeats Mercutio which made Romeo very angry. Romeo then avenges Mercutio’s death by killing Tybalt. This action causes the Prince to exile Romeo from Verona. “And for that offence/ Immediately we do exile him hence.” (III.i. 185-187). This demonstrates that Mercutio’s hatred for Tybalt lead to Romeo’s banishment. By Romeo being banished, Juliet had to come up with some way to be with Romeo. This drove her to follow Friar Laurence’s crazy plan and drink the poison that would make her seem dead for an unknown amount of time. Juliet exclaims, “Romeo, I come! This do I drink to thee.” (IV.iii. 58). Juliet did this solely to fix the problem that Mercutio created. As well as getting Romeo and Juliet to fall in and indirectly getting Romeo banished, he also cursed the both the Capulet and Montague houses before his death. Mercutio says, “A plague o’ both/ your houses!” (III.i. 98-99). This describes that Mercutio wished sickness or death upon both the families. Unfortunately for Romeo and Juliet, his wishes came true at the end of the play.

    The person who is most to blame for the tragedies in Romeo and Juliet is Mercutio. Mercutio is to blame because he was the one who got Romeo and Juliet to meet, his actions lead to Romeo’s banishment, and he cursed both the houses. Mercutio’s decisions in this play are what make it one of the greatest love stories of all time.

  16. There are lots of people in the play you could blame for the death of Romeo and Juliet. One person to blame is Mercutio because, he took Romeo to the party where Romeo later met Juliet. Another person to blame is Friar Lawrence because, he is the one that married the two hoping it would end the hatred towards the two families.

    Mercutio can be blamed for the death of Romeo and Juliet because he was the one that started it all. Mercutio convinces Romeo to come to the Capulet’s party, where Romeo met Juliet for the first time. Mercutio thought bringing Romeo to the Capulet’s party would get Rosaline of his head but ended up being the main reason for everyone’s death in the play. “If love be rough with you, be rough with love;/ Prick love for pricking, and you beat love down” (l,iv,27-28).

    Another person to be blamed for Romeo and Juliet’s death is Friar Lawrence. The Friar was the one that secretly married the two hoping that one day the two families would end the hatred towards each other. Also, Friar Lawrence is the one that brought up the potion idea which would put her to sleep and she would not have a pulse for the next forty hours so everybody would think she’s dead. And the Friar would send a note to Romeo saying she’s not really dead and he should come save her and they can both run away from everybody and live their lives as they wished. That was the plan but, when Friar John didn’t get to Romeo in time to give him the letter things just went downhill. “I could not send it,- here it is again,-/Nor get a messenger to bring it thee” (v,ii,14-15). Benvolio approached Romeo before Friar John did and told him Juliet is dead, so Romeo went to Juliet thinking she was dead so he killed himself. And when Juliet had woken up she saw that Romeo was dead so she killed herself as well. Friar Lawrence is to blame because he had the two married and didn’t tell the two families that Romeo and Juliet like each other.

    Therefore, Mercutio and Friar Lawrence are to blame because Mercutio convinced Romeo to go to the Capulet party. Also because Friar Lawrence is the one that had the two married hoping the two families would get along.

  17. In Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet, there are many people in the novel to blame for whose fault it is for the death of Romeo and Juliet. I blame two people in the novel, Friar John and Mercutio. I blame Friar John because he didn’t get the message to Romeo in time and Mercutio since he curses both the Capulets and the Montagues.

    I blame Mercutio for Romeo and Juliet’s death because he convinced Romeo to go to the Capulets party where he knew they were not welcome there. At the party is where Romeo and Juliet meet and slowly fall in love with each other. Then Tybalt wants to kill Romeo for attending the Capulet party. Romeo does not want to fight so, Mercutio Mercutio curses the two families because he blames his death on the feud between the Capulets and the Montagues. As Mercutio is dying he wishes that a horrible illness will be brought upon both houses. Mercutio says, “A plague o’both your houses! ‘Zounds, a dog, a rat, a mouse, a cat, to scratch a man to death!” (III. i. 98-100).This quotation states that as Mercutio was dying he curses both houses and this seems to be significant since at the end of the play both Romeo and Juliet die together. It seems the curse has an effect when Friar John is sent to give the letter to Romeo saying Juliet is not dead and to come wake her, but Friar John gets stopped because of an illness. Romeo does not get the letter, making him believe Juliet is actually dead.

    I blame Friar John as well for the death of Romeo and Juliet because he did not deliver the letter to Romeo on time, due to the plague. When Friar John does not get the letter to Romeo, he comes back to tell Friar Laurence “I could not send it,- here it is again, nor get a messenger to bring it thee, so fearful were they of infection” (V. ii. 14-16). When Romeo believes Juliet is dead, he goes to Juliet’s tomb and drinks poison since he thinks Juliet is actually dead. When Juliet awakes she sees Romeo with a cup of poison in his hands. As she is looking over Romeo she says “ Yea, noise? Then I’ll be brief. O happy dagger! This is thy sheath; there rust, and let me die” ( V. ii. 167-169). This shows that Juliet killed herself to be with Romeo and she is relieved that she has found a way to kill herself before she is discovered and has to marry Paris. This all just goes back to Friar John and him not delivering the letter to Romeo in time.

    In my opinion, I think Friar John and Mercutio are to blame for Romeo and Juliets death. I blame Friar John because he did not deliver the message on time to Romeo, he stopped to help the ill instead of sending the message first. Mercutio cursed both the Capulets and the Montagues with a horrible illness.

  18. Romeo and Juliet : Is the Friar to Blame ?

    In the play Romeo and juliet most of the deaths, and hurt feelings were a result of Friar Laurence’s bad decisions. The only deaths that were not caused by Friar Laurence is that of Tybalt whose death can be blamed on his own pompousness, as Romeo tried with no avail to plead forgiveness from him, and the death of Mercutio who was defending his own pride. Friar laurence however caused the deaths of paris, Romeo, and Juliet.
    Of all the characters in the play paris is the most innocent character, as he has done everything in his powers to get married to the girl that he loves, and in return he gets killed by the husband of his wife to be. This murder is the fault of Friar Laurence because he did not exert proper judgment, and married Romeo and Juliet, who are the children of two feuding families. The fact that Paris says “O, I am slain, If thou be merciful, open the tomb and lay me with Juliet”(5.3 72-73) to Romeo, Paris shows that he was completely oblivious to what was going on around him, and therefore could not have possibly done anything that would provoke his murder intentionally.
    Both Romeo and Juliet were killed as a result of the Friars poor decision making skills based on their marriage. Friar laurence caused their deaths, as he knew of the situation between the Capulets and the Montagues but still decided that he should marry them. The Friar believed that by marrying them he could solve the problem between the two families.
    The Friar may have however known that his actions may kill Romeo and Juliet as he says “These violent delights have violent ends, and in their triumph die”(2.6 9-10) which means that he is even more to blame for all of the deaths.
    Throughout the course of the novel all of the deaths could have been avoided if Friar Laurence had have thought his actions through and used better judgement when marrying Romeo and Juliet

  19. The Friar Dun Did It

    The Friar Laurence is a very influential character throughout the play for both Romeo and Juliet. He offers them his advice and for the most part they listen to him. However, the friar doesn’t make the smartest decisions which lead to severe consequences. “Come, I’ll dispose of thee Among a sisterhood of holy nuns: Stay not to question, for the watch is coming; Come, go, good Juliet, I dare no longer stay.” (V. iii. 156-158) I blame the Friar Laurence for Juliet’s suicide because he left her alone in the tomb only to save himself. The friar knew that Juliet was willing to kill herself because she told him so, “If in thy wisdom thou canst give no help, Do thou but call my resolution wise, And with this knife I’ll help it presently.”(IV. i. 52-54) The Friar was incompetent to leave a suicidal girl with a knife alone. The Friar is completely at fault for Juliet’s death. Another reason to blame Friar Laurence is that it was his plan to fake Juliet’s death. “Let not thy nurse lie with thee in thy chamber: Take thou this vial, being then in bed, And this distilled liquor drink thou off;” (IV. i. 93-95) The Friar’s intentions might have gone as planned but he failed to tell Romeo that Juliet wasn’t actually dead. As a result of Friar Laurence’s failure Romeo arrives in Verona completely heartbroken. Romeo slays poor Paris and then proceeds to kill himself, meanwhile Friar Laurence is nowhere to be seen. Yet again another occasion where the Friar is at fault. There may have been multiple contributors to the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet but clearly the Friar Laurence was the biggest one. There were numerous chances for the Friar to save the day but he was so worried about his own hide that he neglected his duties.

  20. Who is at Fault for the Deaths of Romeo and Juliet?
    In Shakespeare’s play, Romeo and Juliet, there are many people to blame for the tragic deaths of the main characters, Romeo and Juliet. The most responsible for their deaths, would be Romeo, as the recklessness in his decisions and actions lead to their demise.
    Romeo is to blame for the deaths of Juliet and himself as he is too easily swayed by love. He fell in love with Juliet at first sight, when a mere two seconds ago he was deeply in love with Rosaline. He tells the Friar, “With Rosaline, my ghostly father? No!/ I have forgot that name, and that name’s woe.” (II. iii. 45-46). His relationship with Juliet is based on looks and Juliet and he proclaim love to each other when they do not even know the others personalities and interests. He rushes into a relationship when he is enemies with her family, the Capulets. Marriage is the binding of two families, but since their marriage was a secret, the two houses had no knowledge of this binding and continued to feud.
    Romeo is also at fault for the deaths of and Juliet and himself as he cannot control his desire for revenge, even when he knows it is wrong. He was banished from Verona for killing Tybalt, Juliet’s cousin which later caused the delay in information transfer between Friar Laurence and himself. Tybalt was looking for a fight, but Romeo should not of killed him after trying to keep the peace by stating, “But love thee better than thou canst devise/ Till thou shalt know the reason of my love;/ And so, good Capulet,-which name I tender/ As dearly as mine own,-be satisfied” (III. i. 68-71). Tybalt did not know that Romeo had married his cousin, and this lack of information led him to kill Romeo’s best friend, Mercutio. Romeo’s thirst for revenge was too strong to be ignored and lead him to slay Tybalt. This provoked his banishment. Romeo should have recognized that killing a member of his wife’s family would strain the relationship between houses.
    Lastly, the most careless reason that Romeo is to blame for the deaths of Juliet and himself is that he lets his emotions overpower his rational thinking. After he assumes that Juliet is ’dead’, he commits suicide without knowing more information. When he arrived at the tomb he noticed how beautiful and almost alive she looked, but he was blinded by the strong feelings he had for her and drank the lethal poison. He commented, “Death, that hath suck’d the honey of thy breath,/ Hath no power yet upon thy beauty./ Thou art not conquer’d; beauty’s ensign yet/ Is crimson in thy lips and in thy cheeks,/ And death’s pale flag is not advanced there” (V. iii. 92-96). He made a choice to take his own life, it was not forced upon him. Moments after his death, Juliet awoke to find her lover dead, and she committed suicide because of the grief she felt.
    Romeo is at fault for the deaths of Juliet and himself as he is too easily swayed by love. Complications arise with acquiring information because his thirst for revenge creates complications. Also Romeo does not think logically when it came to Juliet, but rather acted only based on his emotions. Romeo was young and did not think of the consequences of his actions, which is why he is to blame for the deaths of Juliet and himself.

  21. Romeo and Juliet: Who is to Blame

    Romeo is to blame for the tragedy that took place at the end of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet play. Romeo was more than willing to take his own life because of someone he met less than a weeks earlier. Juliet, the love of his life was put to sleep for two days to save their relationship but Romeo was impatient and could not handle being away from her so he drank a poison that was illegally given to him so he could kill himself.

    Although I do not agree with the fact that Romeo was banned from Verona. I believe Romeos impatience and unwillingness to simply move on in life and grieve like every other human makes him at fault for the tragedy, “And fall upon the ground, as I do now, Taking the measure of an unmade grave” (III. iii. 68). Romeo’s “unmade grave” is the one that he will be laying next to Juliet once he has taken his life. His feeling is that if they both are dead laying next to each other they will be together forever.

    Romeo also made the mistake of going to the Capulet party at the beginning of the play. Going to this party caused the Capulet’s, who already have a hatred for the Montague’s to pick him out and go after him. “with all the admired beauties of Verona: Go hither, and with untamed eyes compare her face with some that I shall now” (I. II. 87-89). Romeo was very good at making enemies and even got his friend, Mercutio to turn on him in his dying words, “Help me into some house, Benvolio, or shall I faint. A plague O’ both your house! They have made worms’ meat of me: I have it, And soundly too: Your houses!” (III. I. 101-104). After these events and when he see’s Juliet as dead, even though she really isn’t he sees no other choice but to take his own life.

    Some may ague Friar Lawrence was to blame for this tragedy because he went behind their families backs to have them married, but it was Romeo that insisted on having him marry them. After reading the play and examining that argument seeing how quickly Romeo was able to really come in and ruin events such as Juliet marrying Paris and angering Capulet, being banned from Verona and having one of his friends killed in the event of trying to be with Juliet, Romeo is to blame for the tragedy that happens in Romeo and Juliet.

    Owen Tope

  22. Dylan Quaint

    Romeo and Juliet is a title synonymous with both happiness and sadness, love and hate. It has come to be known as the truest, yet most tragic, love story in literature. However, a key feature of Romeo and Juliet that is overlooked is that the main characters are morons. Both Romeo and Juliet cause a lot of problems in their romance. However, Juliet is young, and hasn’t had much time to spend with people and learn how to deal with problems like an intelligent person. Romeo, who is a few years older, still is relatively young, but old enough to know that his actions have consequences, consequences that could include ridicule, exile, or even death. However, he still acts impulsively and without care, and he should be blamed for the problems that have occurred in this story.

    Romeo has become a common word for someone who is romantic and charming, even though in real life Romeo would scare away almost anyone he went for. Despite being an obsessive stalker who overreacts to every problem he faces, he has wooed the young Juliet and helped to start the events in the play. Even though he is young, he should know better than to stand outside a young girl’s room at night, a girl he only knew existed for a night. He constantly showers Juliet with affection, calling her “a rich jewel in an Ethiop’s ear; beauty too rich for use, for earth too dear!” (I,v,46-47), which she takes as love and becomes as infatuated with him as he is with her. It is in this infatuation that leads her to say a life without Romeo is no life at all. This state of mind is ultimately the death of` Romeo and Juliet.

    Another consequence of Romeo’s affection is not only the death of himself and the one for whom he obsesses, but also for the innocent as well. When Romeo goes to sing his swan song to the apparently dead Juliet, he finds Paris there to pay his respects. Instead of simply leaving and coming back later, to let a mouner be with his love, Romeo engages in combat and ends up taking poor Paris’s life. Not only were the innocent harmed in this boy’s quest for a young girl’s hand in marriage, but his own friend also took the fall for Romeo’s love. Just after Romeo’s wedding, Tybalt finds Mercutio and insults both him and his friends. Angered, Mercutio fights Tybalt. Romeo holds Mercutio back, letting Tybalt deal the final blow. While Romeo meant well, trying to protect his dear friend, it had little change on the death of Mercutio. Romeo had caused the death of his best friend and an innocent man, all because of his lack of either luck or intelligence.

    Romeo’s biggest flaw, however, is his overreaction to the problems he faces. This, unlike his undying obsession for Juliet, has been present for the entirety of the play. Ever since Rosaline denied him the possession of her heart, Romeo has been a recluse whose life seems to mean nothing without his love, “Alas, that love, whose view is muffled still; Should, without eyes, see pathways to his will!” (I,i,161-162) Even when he is happy, it is an exaggeration of legitimate happiness and instead leaps into ecstasy. When he first lays eyes on Juliet at the Capulet party, he exclaims, “Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight!; For I ne’er saw true beauty till this night.” (I,v,50-51). After one glimpse, Romeo has convinced himself that this girl is worth every ounce of pain and tragedy he imagines he has endured in his life. It is this overreaction that carries Romeo through this play and drags other characters with him.

    Romeo’s desire has affected more than himself and the apple of his eye. It killed not only the title couple, but three other men who were nothing but caught in the storm that Romeo’s lovestruck brain conjures. It is in this storm that the tragic events of the play are drawn out. It is Romeo’s perceived heaven that causes hell for those who are close to him. While a generation-spanning feud between two families was indeed stopped because of this boy’s troublesome behavior, there are easier, less fatal ways of settling turf wars. It is evident that Romeo’s actions had caused the death of five people, and the grief attached to that death. Entire families grieve because one boy could not leave a little girl alone.

  23. Theo Hassim
    Ms.Cox
    ENG2D1
    06/11/2015

    In the play “Romeo and Juliet”, Friar Laurence is the one to blame for the misfortune that occurs. Friar Laurence is the character who marries Juliet to Romeo secretly, the one who suggests that Juliet drinks the potion that ‘kills’ her, as well as the character who leaves Juliet alone with Romeo’s dead body, which prompts her to kill herself.
    Friar Laurence thinks that he is doing the right thing by marrying Romeo and Juliet as he thinks it will help the two rivalling families make amends. Friar Laurence shows this belief when he states, “In one respect I’ll thy assistant be,/For this alliance may so happy prove/To turn your households’ rancor to pure love” (2.3.97-99). Laurence never thinks that keeping the marriage a secret will cause problems in the future. After Tybalt’s death, Capulet arranges a marriage for his daughter and Paris. This causes conflict as Romeo has been exiled and Juliet would rather die than marry somebody else. After Juliet tells the Friar about her feelings towards marrying Paris, Friar Laurence thinks of his next ‘genius’ idea. He tells Juliet of his plan to give her a potion to aid her in faking her death. After she drinks this potion she will fall into a death-like sleep and when Romeo comes to visit her, she will wake and the two of them will live far away with a chance at a normal marriage. He explains his plan when he says, “Take thou this vial, being in bed,/ And this distilled liquor drink though off” (4.1.90-95). This plan seems like it will work in concept, but when Juliet drinks the potion and falls to sleep, Friar Laurence fails to notify Romeo that Juliet is actually alive. Friar Laurence plans to sends a letter with Friar John that will tell Romeo the truth about Juliet after he has heard the grim news of her death. Friar John then fails to deliver this letter to Romeo. A distraught Romeo plans his suicide. Romeo buys an illegal poison before setting out to visit Juliet in her tomb. Romeo kills himself in the tomb; only to have Friar Laurence show up after Romeo has died. Juliet wakes up and Laurence explains to her what had happened. Juliet hears the horror of her husband death. Friar Laurence then says, “Come, go, good Juliet [Noise again.] I dare no longer stay.” (5.3.171). He is telling Juliet to follow him out of the tomb, instead she stays and takes her own life. Friar Laurence makes the mistake of leaving her alone as she is vulnerable to her own impulsive behavior and by being alone she does something rash.
    Friar Laurence is the cause of the deaths of Romeo and Juliet in the play “Romeo and Juliet”. Had the Friar distanced himself from Romeo and Juliet’s affairs, the couple could have found another way to be together. Friar Laurence does not think rationally and makes impulsive decisions that result in irreparable damage. If anybody is to blame for the deaths in the play “Romeo and Juliet”, it is Friar Laurence.

  24. Who are you going to blame
    Mohamed Alarabi
    Romeo and Juliet is a Shakespeare play that included many misfortunes with certain characters to blame more than others. Many people were responsible for the disgraceful outcome of the play but one person who started the chain of events that lead to Romeo and Juliet’s death was Friar Lawrence.
    Friar Lawrence’s first mistake is one of the biggest ones in the whole play, and that is when he married Romeo and Juliet.When the friar married the couple he had his best set intentions in mind even though he knew the two were from different families he still married them to each other thinking it would reunite the 2 families and make them friends again.
    The Friars second biggest mistake was making Juliet a drink that would make her seem dead for a certain amount of time until Romeo could come and get her, that way she would not have to kill herself and she would not have to marry Paris. The Friar made a bad choice as he already knew Juliet was in a state of suicide and that she would kill herself to be with romeo no matter what the circumstance. Also, the Friar should have not sent a messenger with a letter of that much importance to Romeo he should have gone to him and given it to him by himself, as the Friar should have known that if the message did not make it on time Romeo would take jurassic actions. Also, the Friar should have take the parents emotion into hand and how they would’ve felt about their daughter dieing.
    Friar Lawrence’s third mistake was when he let Romeo and Juliet be alone he should have stayed with her and made sure she didn’t do anything that he would regret and would put him in a bad side with people.The Friar should have not left by himself he should have taken Juliet with him and then left and started a new life with her.
    In the end Friar Lawrence is a big suspect for how Romeo and Juliet died and how he does not do anything in his power to stop it. Friar Lawrence made the play more grim and the plot more poor, but if it were not for Friar Lawrence the play would not have had the same ending that amazes people to this day.

  25. Romeo and Juliet, Who gets blamed? By Will Burtch

    In the play Romeo and Juliet, there are many people that you could say are to blame for the events of this play. You could say Capulet for fighting with the Montagues. You could say the Friar for creating this crazy plan that resulted in all this death. Both these characters certainly played a role in the tragic events, but the person that really is to blame, is Romeo’s best friend Mercutio. Many would consider Mercutio one of the most noble and honorable characters in the play, however he actually causes many problems that turn out to be catastrophic for certain characters. His duel with Tybalt and bringing Romeo to the party are just a couple examples of the decisions he made that have turned out dreadful.

    Throughout this play, we see many mistakes made by characters. The Friar gives Juliet the potion, Romeo killing Tybalt and Capulet moving up the wedding day all cause the events at the conclusion of the play, but all of this can actually be tied back to decisions that Mercutio made. The first bad decision that Mercutio made was bringing Romeo to the party. When Mercutio first came to Romeo on the night of the party, you could see that Romeo was depressed. He had just been denied by the girl he loved and you could tell he just wanted to be alone and recover from this disheartening event. Mercutio however, would not let him. Mercutio pressured him and persisted he go. A great line that shows the pressure Mercutio was putting on Romeo is when Mercutio says “That dreamers often lie” (l. IV. 551). This shows us the dominance that Mercutio was trying to put over Romeo and you can tell Romeo is a little stunned. This is why I believe Romeo actually went to the party. Although some would say that Mercutio was just being a good friend and helped him find his true soul mate, he inevitably caused the death of his best friend.

    The second reason that I would blame Mercutio is because of the dual he had with Tybalt. In this scene you could tell that all Tybalt really wanted was Romeo. It was never his intention to kill Mercutio but in the end, it had to be done because Mercutio got in the way. Romeo was content to just walk away from this battle but Mercutio would not let him. “O calm, dishonourable, vile submission!” (lll,l,45) is a line that was said by Mercutio to Romeo, calling him a coward for him denying the fight. Mercutio then decides to take it upon himself to fight Tybalt and is mortally wounded. When he dies, he leaves Romeo extremely angry causing him to kill Tybalt leading to his banishment. If Mercutio had not fought Tybalt, Romeo would not have been banished and maybe the events of the play would have turned out different.

    Some may argue some of these points and say that with or without Mercutio, there still would have been conflict that would have led to the bloody end. There may be a bit of evidence for this, however I think just by the way things played out, it would have turned out different if Mercutio didn’t fight Tybalt or force Romeo to go to the party. Although not in most people’s eyes but definitely in mine, Mercutio is public enemy number 1.

  26. Sam Toward
    ENG 2D1-04
    Ms. Cox
    June 10, 2015

    The One to Blame

    After reading through Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet we all figure that there is one person to blame for this tragedy of love and death. There are so many people who have played a role in this, but one person’s role was exponentially greater than any other. This person could be any one, it could even be Romeo himself, maybe even Juliet. But it isn’t. The one to blame for the tragedy was one who made little mistakes that created an even bigger problem. The person to blame for Romeo and Juliet’s love and death tragedy is Friar Lawrence. Friar Lawrence is the one to blame for this tragedy for many reasons but we can’t pick them all so we will pin point 2 points in the the play where Friar Lawrence messed up or did something wrong to endanger Romeo and Juliet’s lives. The first point would be when the Friar gave Juliet the potion that would make it look like she was dead, the second point is that the Friar married Romeo and Juliet in the first place to try and make peace with the families.

    The first reason why the Friar is the one to blame in the deaths of Romeo and Juliet is that he gave the potion to Juliet that would make it look like she was dead. When he gave her the potion he knew that she would end up looking like she was dead and her family would have a funeral for her. He went to the Capulet house and persuaded them into arranging the funeral to be on the same day the wedding was supposed to be, but he never thought that there would be other people at the funeral or around the town the might find out about Juliet’s death and not know that is was fake and relay the information the Romeo about her death like Balthasar did just doing his job. In this quotation from the play we see Balthasar telling Romeo the information just doing his job “Her body sleeps in Capels’ monument” (I. V. 18). When he says this Romeo knows that Juliet is dead. The Friar could have done many things for this situation not to happen like sending a letter to Romeo days before they were going to do the plan, or not giving Juliet the potion at all and instead creating a new plan for her to get away from the marriage with paris like running away to Mantua which would have turned out better for all the people involved.

    The second reason why the Friar Lawrence is the one to blame for Romeo and Juliet’s death is because he married them in the first place. He knew that both of them were kids at the time and had just fallen in love with their hearts not their brains. Both Romeo and Juliet were not thinking straight at the time when they wanted to get married and go off together but they Friar anyway went on and married them as we can see by the quotation “For,by your leaves, you shall not stay alone/Till Holy Church incorporate two in one” (VI. II. 36-37). As we see in this quotation the Friar Lawrence wanted to marry Romeo and Juliet together but never once thought about the outcome. Another reason why the Friar is to blame for marrying Romeo and Juliet in the first place is because he wanted the families to get together more. He didn’t think about Romeo or Juliet in this situation he just wanted to have the families better know and friendlier to each other which worked out in the end but it cost the life of both of the families children. “To turn your households’ rancour to pure love” (III. II. 92). The Friar is talking Romeo into the marriage because it will help the families get together the Friar which turns out it does not.

    Overall in the end the Friar is the one to blame for this whole situation because of all the little things that he messed up like giving Juliet the potion that would make it look like she is dead and for marrying Romeo and Juliet in the first place. These bad decisions took the lives of two young lovers for benefits or purpose at all.

  27. Jamaal Chin
    Ms.Cox
    ENG2D1
    Wed, June 11
    Who is to Blame
    Out of all of the characters who played a part in the tragedy of Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet, I blame Friar Laurence the most because he was the only one who knew Romeo and Juliet’s plan but did not stop them from going through with it on multiple occasions.
    Friar Laurence knows that Romeo thinks that he has found true love in every girl he sees on the street but still agrees to marry him to a girl he has known for less than 24 hours. When Romeo is banished for killing Tybalt, Juliet comes to the friar saying she’ll kill herself. Juliet says, “If in thy wisdom thou canst give no help,/Do thou but call my resolution wise,/And with this knife I’ll help it presently./God join’d my heart and Romeo’s, thou our hands;/And ere this hand, by thee to Romeo seal’d,/Shall be the label to another deed,/Or my true heart with treacherous revolt/Turn to another, this shall slay them both,” (IV. i. 52-59).
    Seeing that she is emotionally unstable, he thinks that it would be a good idea to give her a potion that would completely stop her breathing and make her appear dead. “Take thou this vial, being then in bed,/And this distillèd liquor drink thou off,/When presently through all thy veins shall run/A cold and drowsy humor, for no pulse/Shall keep his native progress, but surcease;/No warmth, no breath shall testify thou livest,” (IV. i. 93-98). The Friar also thought that it would be okay to send Friar john alone to tell Romeo about the plan instead of sending two people if something goes wrong. after Friar John returns to Friar Laurence to tell him that he could not find Romeo, the Friar takes so long to get to Juliet’s tomb that Romeo has time to fight and kill paris, declare his love for Juliet and drink the poison he received from the apothecary. Once the friar reaches Juliet he tells her to come with him but when he is scared by a noise and she simply tells him to go, he leaves her there with Romeo’s body, without hesitation. “Come, come away./ Thy husband in thy bosom there lies dead;/ And Paris too… Come, go, good Juliet. I dare no longer stay.” (V. iii. 154-159).
    While it the tragedy in Romeo and Juliet is not entirely Friar Laurence’s fault, he arguably played the largest role in in the events because of his lack of common sense as an adult to stop their reckless behaviour.

  28. Ahmed Abdalla
    Ms. Cox
    ENG 2D1
    06/11/2015
    Romeo & Juliet: Who to Blame
    In the play-write Romeo & Juliet there could be many people to blame for the death of Romeo from the Montagues and Juliet from the Capulets. You can blame anyone that had relation to Romeo or Juliet because they had significance of some sort to alter Romeo or Juliet’s thoughts. The person that you can mostly blame for everything that happened to Romeo and Juliet especially their death is Friar Laurence.
    In act 2 Romeo goes to talk to Friar Laurence, who is his friend and also his religious confessor about his strong emotions for Juliet. Friar Laurence realizes that she is a Capulets and thinks of an idea that he believes will end the feud with the two families. The Friar decides to marry the two lovers in secret and thinks them being married will make the family feud between the Montagues and the Capulets come to an end. Friar says “ O, she knew well/Thy love did read by rote that could not spell./But come, young waverer, come, go with me,/In one respect I’ll thy assistant be;/For this alliance may be so happy prove ,/To turn your households’ rancour to pure love ”(ii.ii. 87-92). Friar Laurence is explaining to Romeo that he will marry them.
    Also Friar Laurence is to blame because after he marries the two passionate lovers in secret Juliet’s father Lord Capulet arranges a wedding for Juliet to marry Paris. After Juliet refuses because she would be sinner if she married two men so the Friar comes up with another idea to try to help Juliet. Friar Laurence creates a potion for Juliet that makes her seem dead but she will actually awake in a few hours to hopefully find Romeo and run away with him to Mantua as the Friar plots he says, “ Shall, stiff and stark and cold, appear like death:/And in this borrow’d likeness of shrunk death/ Thou shalt continue two and forty hours,/And then awake as from a pleasant sleep./ Now, when the bridegroom in the morning comes/To rouse thee from thy bed, there art thou dead:/ Then, as the manner of our country is,/ In thy best robes uncover’d on the bier/Thou shalt be borne to that same ancient vault/Where all the kindred of the Capulets lie./ In the mean time, against thou shalt awake/Shall Romeo by my letters know our drift,/And hither shall he come: and he and I /Will watch thy waking, and that very night /Shall Romeo bear thee hence to Mantua”(IV.i. 103-117).
    Another reason Friar Laurence is to blame for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet is that he lied to the Capulets on the morning of Juliet’s wedding when they found out she was “dead” by saying, “Your part in her you could not keep from death,/but heaven keeps his part in eternal life.”(IV.V 70-71). He basically told them she was dead by saying while in heaven she will live forever, even though he knows she’s not really dead and is planning to run off with new husband Romeo. Friar Laurence could have been truthful and told them that Juliet isn’t really dead, instead he lies to them like the secret sinner he is.
    Friar Laurence is absolutely the character in Romeo and Juliet to be blamed for the crucial deaths of Romeo and Juliet. He believed he was helping them by keeping everything a secret plotting planes but really he ruined everything for them.

  29. Carlin Saunders
    Ms. D. Cox
    ENG-2D1-04
    June 10, 2015

    The Character Most Responsible for the Disastrous Ending of Romeo and Juliet

    The tragic events that transpire in the Shakespearean play Romeo and Juliet are the result of a series of unfortunate misunderstandings, poor decision-making, and letter-carrying priests being delayed by plague victims, which end up cumulatively causing Romeo and Juliet to commit suicide. Although many different factors led to this ending, a great deal of responsibility for the events that transpire must fall on Mercutio. Specifically, Mercutio is responsible for introducing Romeo to Juliet in the first place and thus sparking their brief and ill-advised romance. Mercutio is also partially responsible for Romeo being exiled from Verona, since him being murdered by Tybalt caused Romeo to kill Tybalt and then be exiled. Finally, Mercutio curses both Romeo and Juliet’s families with “a plague o’ both your houses!” (III.I.90), which in the event he is literally cursing them with a plague could in a supernatural sense be considered responsible for the plague outbreak that delayed Friar John.
    At the beginning of the play, Mercutio is upset with Romeo for being perpetually morose over Rosaline’s rejection of him. To try and make Romeo happy again, Mercutio encourages him to come with him and Benvolio and sneak into the Capulet’s party, even though Romeo is a Montague and thus an enemy of the Capulets. Mercutio wants Romeo to move on from Rosaline and meet someone else to love, as shown by when he says “But in that crystal scales let there be weigh’d / Your lady’s love against some other maid / That I will show you shining at this feast” (I.II.96-98). Although Mercutio obviously was well-intentioned in trying to cheer Romeo up, it is his suggestion that Romeo attend the party that leads to him meeting Juliet, which leads to their marriage, which leads to their suicides. In this way Mercutio can be considered responsible for what happens later on in the play, although obviously this was not the outcome he intended.
    Mercutio is more directly responsible – and without question irresponsible – later on in the play, when he confronts Tybalt and is promptly killed. It has already been established earlier in the play that Tybalt is infamous as being both aggressive and also incredibly skilled at swordfighting, yet as soon as he arrives Mercutio provokes him into a duel for no particular reason. In fact Tybalt is unconcerned with Mercutio and attempts to brush him off so he can speak to Romeo, as shown by when Tybalt tells Mercutio “Well, peace be with you, sir; here comes my man” (I.II.55). Despite Tybalt literally wishing him peace, Mercutio continues to harass him until they end up dueling. Mercutio predictably loses this battle and dies, which leads to Romeo killing Tybalt and being exiled. Mercutio’s inexplicable and ill-advised decision to continue to pester a man whom he knows to be an undefeated and violent fighter is thus integral to the unfortunate events that occur later in the play, including obviously Mercutio’s own death. By choosing to do so and then unsurprisingly dying, Mercutio’s actions once again are a large contributing factor to the deaths of Romeo and Juliet.
    Finally, while Mercutio lies dying after his duel with Tybalt, he curses the Capulets and Montagues with “a plague o’ both your houses!” (III.I.90). Although this is presumably simply a figure of speech, it must be noted that later on in the play Friar John is late delivering his life-saving letter to Romeo because he has been under quarantine after exposure to “the infectious pestilence” (V.II.10). Friar John’s delay due to the plague is one of the direct causes of Friar Laurence’s plan for Romeo and Juliet to fail and for them to mistakenly assume each other dead and kill themselves. The fact he was delayed by the plague is most likely a coincidence (and also a very plausible situation as the Black Death ran rampant at the time), but Mercutio’s use of the word “plague” is significant if he is literally cursing them. If we are to assume Mercutio was literally cursing both houses with the black death, his curse was in fact a very significant event leading to the deaths of Romeo and Juliet.
    Although some of Mercutio’s responsibility may require supernatural involvement, it cannot be denied that his stupid decision to provoke Tybalt is very real and is a very real cause of Romeo and Juliet’s suicides. As well, his decision to inadvertently introduce Romeo to Juliet in the first place is what sets off all of the other events in the novel. In short, Mercutio sneaking into parties, angering people, and getting himself killed is one of the main reasons for the deeply unfortunate deaths of “Juliet and her Romeo” (V.III.310).

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