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Whose fault is the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet?

intrepidechoes posted this thread...
Feb. 5 at 6:10 pm

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?

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IMSteelThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. replied...
Mar. 1 at 1:45 pm

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.

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Firefaerie replied...
Apr. 15 at 10:50 am

Shakespeare. It's Shakespeare's fault :p

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HiddenLeaf replied...
Apr. 15 at 12:57 pm

I believe that it wasnt anyones fault a plague just happened to be upon the land.

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im_gailThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. replied...
Apr. 17 at 10:51 pm

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* :)

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FunneThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. replied...
Apr. 30 at 5:55 pm

I agree with im__gail.

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intrepidechoes replied...
Apr. 30 at 6:38 pm

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!

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im_gailThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. replied...
May 3 at 11:03 pm

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.

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intrepidechoes replied...
May 4 at 10:27 am

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!

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FunneThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. replied...
May 26 at 4:13 pm

Did rosaline even like him in the first place?

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