Firstly, Friar Laurence married Romeo and Juliet knowing that their families hated each other and that it could end very poorly (Shakespeare 944-45). Friar knew this was a bad idea, but he continued with it and married the two. However, if he did not do this he would never be in trouble and Romeo and Juliet would then have to get married the ordinary way, thus, letting both families know. Next Friar decides to give Juliet a vial which will put her in a death-like state and sends a letter to Romeo about the plan, but it does not get to him (Shakespeare 993-1012). If Friar Laurence did not give Juliet the vial, Romeo would not kill himself because he thinks Juliet is dead.
Perhaps the biggest determining factor of Romeo and Juliet’s demise was the fact that their families were feuding. Another example of this is when Romeo goes to buy poison. Poison was illegal in Manchua, but luckily for Romeo, the apothecary was poor and in need for money. The apothecary did not want to sell the poison to Romeo, but as he states “My poverty, but not my will consents”, he was desperate for the money. There were too many coincidences in the story; fate had to be the determining factor.
The deaths of Romeo and Juliet in William Shakespeare’s play are both sad and tragic. Although much could have been done to prevent their suicides, these “star-crossed lovers” ultimately are not able to avoid their destiny. A series of unfortunate circumstances result in disaster, and even though many people could be to blame for their deaths, Friar Lawrence plays a particularly integral role and is, therefore, the most responsible for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet than anyone else. While some believe that Tybalt is responsible for Romeo and Juliet’s death, this is not the case. Upon further investigation, Friar Lawrence should receive the blame.
This is because in the play, Juliet refused to marry Paris and so the Friar offers his help again and gives her a special potion that makes her appear dead. His intentions were to bring Romeo, who was banished, and Juliet back together again and this could be done if Juliet did not marry Paris. He wanted Juliet to go to Mantva where Romeo was. The Friar's good intentions are destroyed again when Friar John fails to deliver the message clearly of Juliet's plans of using the special potion and go to Mantva to Romeo. Romeo misunderstands this and believes Juliet is dead.
Ethan gets so caught up in his romance with Mattie that he makes a very poor decision. Attempting to kill oneself in the name of love generally is not a very bright idea, but to Ethan and Mattie it seems like such an exciting prospect that they ignore their own
This, hopefully would have resulted in him not killing Tybalt. People could argue that Romeo only killed Tybalt simply because of his bad temper. A reason to support the view stating Romeo is fortunes fool and this bad act was destined to happen is the fact that Romeo is a Montague and Tybalt is a Capulet. This shows us that Romeo was born into bad luck, as both the families had always been rivals. Romeo and Tybalt are unable to prevent being born into these families, stating Romeo and Tybalt only fought considering that they were both born into families which had forever been enemies making Romeo bound to have killed Tybalt, or death could have easily occurred the other way round.
Romeo and Juliet have a love that is considered powerful. Powerful because many deaths occur without people knowing the love they both share for each other. The death of Romeo and Juliet could have been prevented and there are characters that can be blamed. Deaths don’t just occur out nowhere; they happen for a reason. Romeo and Juliet’s death can be blamed on Friar Laurence because he knew a lot about their relationship.
This just tells us that he knows what he is doing is wrong because he says himself we shouldn’t rush. Yet still he goes on and marries them! Now, how foolish can someone get? The next thing Friar Lawrence did was give Juliet a dangerous potion that could’ve killed her. “Take thou this vial, being then in bed, and this distilled liquor drink thou off”.
While that may have been the final contribution to his death, his tragic flaw is what is shown throughout the play. This flaw can be plainly stated as Romeo being far too impulsive. He seems to be driven by the idea of fate, and does not thoroughly think about his decisions. His character in the play thinks of life and love as such a quick thing, as if he is thinking to himself that if he doesn’t go with his instincts, his life will not be decent or respectable. When truthfully, these instincts are the origin of his dire choices, resulting in the end of his life.
In the soliloquy, Hamlet is at first upset with himself about finding ways to avoid avenging his Father’s murder, like his spirit in ghost form told him to. This complaining turns into self hatred and then Hamlet is insulting himself outright. The main reason for this is he has agreed to get revenge on Claudius so his father’s spirit can be at peace, but he hasn’t done it yet. The fact that the Player seems to be more able to get into the mindset of revenge than he can further discourages him. This on top of the fact that Hamlet’s dad is dead and his mother married that man he hates most in the world makes for a pretty melancholy fellow.