Hello! A lot of you have probably read Romeo and Juliet, and I'm curious to hear your opinions, so whose fault is it that Romeo and Juliet's story ended in such a tragedy? You can only pick one person, so choose wisely. I think it was Lord Capulet's fault: perhaps he was acting within the social norms of his time, but this doesn't excuse his actions. Your opinions?
The fact is that I believe that it was both of their parents fault: their hatred of each other led to losing their most precious possessions.
Shakespeare. It's Shakespeare's fault :p
I believe that it wasnt anyones fault a plague just happened to be upon the land.
Haha I love this thread! As much as I would like to be able to completely blame the Montegue and Capulet families for letting their feud get out of hand, I think that the final tragedy was caused by Romeo. He was far too impulsive. First he murders Tybalt, an action that was definitly going to get him a serious punishment. This was a very rash decision, to fight Tybalt, brought on by the desire to avenge Mercutio. Then, later in the script, Romeo rushes to kill himself upon seeing Juliets "dead" body. Had he waited and at least gotten to talk to Friar Lawerence, the story would have ended far differently.
I know this thread is really old but I wanted to answer it anyway *shrugs* :)
I agree with im__gail.
That's interesting! I think you're pretty right, but I always feel a sense of guilt blaming dead characters :| I feel like there's always some sort of excuse for Romeo's actions. It's almost as though he as a character is determined to be the protagonist, what with avenging his friend and dying for love!
Haha I totally forgot I responded to this thread! Its funny though because of course no one actually wants to blame Romeo because lets face it, he is basicly the boyfriend of 99.9% of girls dreams and if you have seen the 2013 film version of the play, everyone LOVES Romeo. But in my opinion hes a way over impulsive teenage boy that gets himself into a lot of trouble.
I feel like he's one of those characters that everyone likes in the play but if they met in real life, they would hate him so much. I mean, there's a reason Rosalin broke up with him!
Did rosaline even like him in the first place?
I am loving this thread and I have read Romeo and Juliet for countless time already because it was very though provoking.
In this case, I have a long list of peoples to blame on their death and all those miserable tragedy that occured, and Shakespeare is pretty much included. But, I have actually read a quote which mentioned : To be a writer, you have to be cruel and sadistic, this actually make sense because we are prone to read books that will only stab us and hurt us.
Okay back to the story, I agree to the fact that Lord Capulet is to be blame but there's a lot more person to be blame upon. The greatest fault originated from the parents of both family which chose let the vile of family grudges affect the whole generation. Secondly was the messenger whom is supposed to deliver the mail to tell the real thing going on- he didn't make it to Romeo and well, for quite sometime I have blamed him for my entire life.
I would say they're both pretty dumb because they decided to get married after around 6 hours. It's both their fault for having any foresight or patience at all.
I know someone said this already, but it's Shakesphere's fault, he wrote it. (Not dissing on the Bard though, he's awesome)
It was most definitely the Nurse's fault.
It was Romeo's fault. He led this 13/14 year old girl that they were in love and to run away together. Sure the families hated each other and that led to problems, but sht went down cause Romeo couldn't keep it in his pants.
The fault lay in our stars LOL
Firefaerie, that's what I was going to say!
Firefaerie: That's totally what I was going to say too! Verbatim!
Romeo and Juliet's fault, they knew each other for three days and were already willing to die for each other
I've thought about this a lot actually- a lot of people don't talk about Mercutio but really he is the one who acted really awfully towards the Capulets and had some awful ideas which ignited the feud.
But really it boils down to the lovers themselves. Honestly, they should have known better. Every single consequence they face they choose to stay in love- even when Capulet tries to disown Juliet (I agree that was excessive but you have to remember the times and the context). They did something incredibly crazy and tried their best to make it work although they had to have known it would fail.
But that's just my opinion, there's so many factors in play it could be a lot of things, even fate.