The deaths of Romeo and Juliet are

The detestation between the Capulet and Montague family is the reason of Romeo and Juliet’s death. If the families weren’t fighting, they wouldn’t have a reason to hide their love and devotion to each other. Juliet’s father is also to blame because he said  he would disown her if she did not marry Paris on Thursday.  This essay will prove that the people to blame for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet are their own families. Romeo and Juliet hid their love because they knew that their love won´t be accepted by their families. If both the Montagues and Capulets weren’t fighting there would not be a reason for them to hide their relationship. An example of this is shown in the resolution of the play when the Prince is talking to the Montagues and Capulets after the deaths of Romeo and Juliet the Prince states, ¨See what a scourge is laid upon your hate, that heaven finds means to kill your joys with love!¨ (Shakespeare pg. 284). This quote illustrates how love killed hate. The Prince said this because it was only the hatred between the families that killed the two lovers.  Juliet wasn’t asked for an opinion on marriage. She was being forced to marry Paris. Her parents especially Lord Capulet did not understand that Juliet did not want to marry Paris. She even says herself to Friar Lawrence that she would rather sit in a field of poisonous snakes. If her father was accepting or if he gave her a choice to marry on her own will, she wouldn’t have been tempted to do things that would separate her from her family, or kill herself. When Capulet is arguing with Juliet because she refused to marry Paris he states, “I tell thee what: get thee to church o’ Thursday,Or never after look me in the face. Speak not. Reply not. Do not answer me” (Shakespeare, pg. 200). This quote shows that if Juliet does not marry Paris then she would be abandoned by her own father. Place yourself in Juliet’s shoes, imagine your own father forcing you to marry someone you don’t like. And if you don’t marry that person you are abandoned and disowned by your own father, your blood. It was painful for Juliet, she knew she had no life with Romeo unless she ran away with him.  Others would say that Friar Lawrence is the reason that Romeo and Juliet are dead but they are wrong. They are wrong because Friar Lawrence has went all out just to unite Romeo and Juliet. There could have been a possibility if the letter was sent to Romeo that his plan would work. He was helping Romeo and Juliet in hopes that their love would get rid of the hatred between the Capulets and Montagues. In Act 2 Scene 3 as Romeo confesses to Friar Lawrence that he likes Juliet, “a Capulet”  Friar Lawrence states, “For this alliance may so happy prove, To turn your households’ rancor to pure love” (Shakespeare, pg. 102). This shows that Friar Lawrence supports Romeo and Juliet’s love. He hopes that their marriage would unite both families.  Therefore, the Capulets and Montagues are to blame for the death of Romeo and Juliet. If the families didn’t have dislike of each other, Romeo and Juliet wouldn’t hide their love and they could’ve got married and lived a happy life. If Lord Capulet asked Juliet for an opinion on marriage, then maybe she wouldn’t have been tempted to kill herself and separate herself from her family. Friar isn’t to blame  because he just wanted to help Romeo and Juliet be together, and get rid of this long detestation between the families.   

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