The tale of Romeo and Juliet encountered several twists and turns that sadly lead to the young lovers deaths. But who was to blame. Was it down to Friar Laurence, who failed to deliver the letter to Romeo informing him of Juliet’s faked death. Or was it the lover’s themselves who made their pathway to happiness a lost cause. Then again, was the lover’s end already mapped out and unavoidable?Friar Laurence was full of good intentions. I suspect he longed for Romeo to be happy, but his main concern was the feud between the Capulet and the Montague’s.
He wished for it to end so there could be peace in Verona.Romeo seemed to have an endless list of women he loved, and I suspect he loved the idea of love, but never actually loved anyone. But Friar Laurence ignored this and encourages the lover’s relationship by marrying them in secret at his church, “.
..till holy church incorporate two in one.”Later in the tale, Romeo killed Tybalt and was banished by the Prince. Juliet came to the Friar as she had been told she was to marry Paris.
The Friar gave the girl a sleeping drug, to make her seem dead, in hope that she will fool her parents and later be rescued by Romeo. The Friar promised to send word to Romeo of their plan (“..
.I’ll send a friar with speed to Mantua, with letters to thy lord”.) But the letter does not reach him.
Was this the twist in the story that leads to their death? Or was it merely another part of the tale that was meant to happen? In conclusion, I think the Friar is not to blame; he is an accessory to a much greater force.Juliet is a very strong willed character. I do not think she loved Romeo. Perhaps lusted after him, and was too naive to realize she was not in love with him. I also think she was rebellious, and married Romeo to perhaps go against her parents, or prove that they couldn’t control her.
She did not show any maturity in her decisions throughout the play. Yet she did realize that the names of their families brought on a conflict, but she states she would give up her name. (“…
Deny thy father, and refuse thy name; or if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love, and I’ll no longer be a Capulet.”) I think if Juliet had been old enough to marry, she would also been old and mature enough to see the way that they went about things was immature, selfish and irresponsible as well. At one point her reference to her being like a child not being able to wear new robes, was like her awaiting her Romeo. They caused so many problems that could have been unavoidable, including their deaths.In my opinion Romeo was the less mature of the two. He seemed to be the type of person who ‘falls in love easily.’ I write it this way, as I do not think he was in love with either Rosaline or Juliet.
I think he loved the idea of love, and what it meant to other people. Yes, he was attracted to both the women, but he was obsessed, not in love with them. Perhaps an argument might be that he killed himself over Juliet’s ‘death’, but look at all the other things that had happened as well. His best friend Mercutio had been killed, he had been banished for killing Tybalt and now Juliet was dead, I think he had just had too much.I think Romeo should have realized that his and Juliet’s relationship was not going to be easy.
Considering that there was an on going feud that left the two families hating each other.But my overall opinion is that there was a bigger force over the lover’s tale. Fate.Fate is not a physical being, but a force or a power that is involved in all our lives. I think that its main plan in this story was to resolve the families’ feud, and the only way to do this was to go through the young lovers as it involved someone from each party.Throughout the play there is reference to fate.
At the beginning the pair are described as “Star-crossed lovers” this says that the pair were meant to meet. Throughout there are references to death as well. Juliet refers to her wedding bed as her being her deathbed. At one point, Juliet is saying goodbye to Romeo after their first meeting and she says “…
To cease thy Strife and leave me to my grief…” Its strand how to end the parents strife (feud) it must be out of grief. Then moments later she says “..
. Yet I should kill thee with much cherishing…” And she does.Later when she is waiting for Romeo she says “..
.Give me my Romeo when I shall die…” She refers to them being together in death.
Even the Nurse said, “… Death is the end of all.” She was right; their deaths brought an end to everything.In Mantua, Romeo is speaking of Juliet and says “…
I dreamt my lady came and found me dead… And breathed such life with kisses in my lips.
..” Later Juliet awakes after her faked death to find Romeo dead, then kisses him to get poison from his lips, so that she could die and be with him.
So, in conclusion, fate caused the deaths of Romeo and Juliet along with help from the lovers and the Friar. I also think that it was ironic that there were so many references to death when that was the final outcome, perhaps death and fate worked together to prepare the lovers. Everything started off full of good intentions, but as it was said “The road to hell is paved with good intentions.”