Romeo & Juliet: Who's to Blame for Their Deaths?

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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. Of course, Romeo and Juliet have to be put to blame as well since they were the ones that kept everything a secret. In the play, Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, the sweet Friar Laurence and the two star-crossed lovers are to be put to blame for both Romeo and Juliet's death. Out of all the people, Friar Laurence is one person that should be held accountable for Romeo and Juliet’s death. Friar Laurence knows that Romeo and Juliet have feelings for each other. Friar Laurence is even the man that was willing to marry Romeo and Juliet. While Romeo and Friar Laurence were waiting for Juliet on the altar, Friar Laurence tells Romeo,“These violent delights have a violent ends/ And in their triumph die.” (2.5.9-10) Friar Laurence knows that their marriage will bring about consequences, and he still chose to marry them. If Friar Laurence didn’t marry Romeo and Juliet, their deaths wouldn’t have occurred. After Romeo is banished from Verona, Friar Laurence helps Juliet come up with a plan for her not to marry Paris. This plan consists of Juliet faking her death, so her sweet, love Romeo can find her in the Capulet’s tomb. However, if Friar Laurence didn’t mention the plan to Juliet, she would have save anyone from any heartbreak or death. Also Friar Laurence says, “Saint Francis be my speed! how oft to-night/ Have my feet stumbled at graves.” (5.3.121-122) This shows that Friar Laurence was being slowed down by graves in a tomb. Indeed, Friar
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