Romeo and Juliet are probably the most famous of Shakespeare’s plays. It tells a tragic story of love that came to no good. The death of the protagonists of the play, young lovers named Romeo and Juliet, reconciled their warring families. In this short essay, I will analyze who was responsible for their deaths and try to find the reasons that led to the tragedy.
Romeo and Juliet were the children belonging to two feuding aristocratic families of Verona. They fell in love with each other at first sight but could not be together due to the inveterate feud of their families, Montague and Capulet. The chain of tragic events that led to Romeo and Juliet’s death was caused by this deadly enmity and fatal contingence. Thus, it would be fair to say that their parents were to blame for the death of their children. But as the story unfolded there were particular persons who made Romeo and Juliet death almost inevitable. Tybalt, the nephew of Lady Capulet and Juliets cousin, started to hunt Romeo down from the every day Romeo fell in love with Juliet. He challenged Romeo to a duel but Romeo refused to fight Tybalt. At that point, Romeo was already secretly married to Juliet and considered Tybalt to be his kinsman. His friend, Mercutio, accepted the duel on Romeos behalf and was fatally wounded by Tybalt. Being out of heart because of Mercutio’s death, Romeo killed Tybalt and, consequently, was sent into exile by the Prince of Verona.
Thus, Tybalt contributed greatly to the worst-case scenario for Romeo and Juliet, but Friar Laurence was the one who made it possible. Friar Laurence gave Juliet a substance that was to put her into a coma to make everybody believe that she was dead and let her run away with Romeo afterward. But due to certain miscommunication Romeo was unaware of this plan. He believed that Juliet had died and committed suicide by taking a deadly poison himself. It could be said that the tragic chain of events that led to Romeo and Juliet’s death was caused by Tybalt, but, on the other hand, if not Montague and Capulets enmity, Romeo and Juliet could most certainly be alive and happy.
Shakespeare, W. (1993). Romeo and Juliet. Mineola, New York: Dover Publications.