“These violent delights, have violent ends” Many people think that Romeo and Juliet were the only ones to be apart of their deaths. In William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet though they take their own lives, minor characters can also be blamed as instrumental to their tragic fate. Prince Escalus made rules but did not follow them which caused conflict between both families.
Friar Laurence made several mistakes and was the most to blame for the death of these star-crossed lovers. The last person to blame would be Tybalt the nephew of Lady Capulet. Tybalt had a grudge on the people of Montague which makes things a lot more difficult when Juliet wants to marry someone from the house of Montague. Many are to blame for this tragic fate and just because Romeo and Juliet did not die at the hands of someone else does not mean that no one else can be blamed. Firstly , Prince Escalus may have protected the city of Verona but he had caused or was blamed for the death of his very own Juliet and her lover Romeo. When the fight between Tybalt and Mercutio ended, the Prince was the one to banish Romeo. ” and for that offence/ immediately we do exile him hence” (3.1.
186-187) The prince did not even get the full story and did not listen to Montague when he was explaining how Romeo was sticking up for his friend Mercutio. Escalus said he would be deaf to pleading and excuses that people of Verona would give to him to help Romeo from being banished. This was a major setback for the plan Romeo and Juliet had to be together forever. The prince had told the two families that their punishments would be severe if they had fought again, the prince had never followed through with the threat that he made to both families. The Prince does admit that he was to blame for the death of Romeo and Juliet. The Prince states ” Where be these enemies? Capulet, Montague, / see what a scourge is laid upon your hate, / that heaven finds means to kill your joys with love! / And I, for winking at your discords too, / have lost a brace of kinsmen.
All are punished.” (5.3.298-301). The prince means alot when he is saying this, but when he says “All are punished” he means the blame is on the Montagues , Capulets, and himself. He had jurisdiction and he did not use is very well.
The princes punishments were minor so the people of Verona would keep fighting. The city of Verona was big but if he could not keep two families under control then how could he be prince. If he did not ban Romeo their deaths would not have happened. As well as Friar Laurence was to blame for this tragic fate.
Friar had made several decisions which turned into mistakes. Romeo trusted Friar to marry them, to give Juliet the sleeping potion and lastly to give someone else the letter that needed to get to Romeo immediately. Friar had a plan but did not work out so well when Juliet had found out the wedding was being moved Friar told her to ” Hold, then. Go home, be merry, give consent / to marry Paris. Wednesday is tomorrow.
/ Tomorrow night look that thou lie alone” (4.1.90-92). This plan did not work because romeo had not known what had been going on because the letter had not gotten to him, Friar had sent the letter with someone else which was his second mistake. When Friar is saying this he is in a panic because he does not know how to reach Romeo and inform him. When both Romeo and Juliet are dead Friar brings the prince and his men to the tomb where he then says ” Doth make against me,of this direful murder.
/ and here I stand, both to impeach and purge / myself condemned and myself excused.” (5.3.
231-232). Friar says that he is not to blame for the death of the two of them and that he should be excused and not accused of these actions that Romeo and Juliet have taken upon themselves. Friar laurence was the most to blame for this tragic death. Lastly, Tybalt was blamed and punished for Romeo and Juliet’s death he always had a grudge against the Montagues. Especially when Romeo unexpectedly showed up at the ball. Tybalt said “Uncle, this is a Montague, our foe / a villain, that is hither come in spite / to scorn at our solemnity this night.
” (1.5.60-63). Tybalt is accusing Romeo of being a villian and coming to ruin there night at the ball, this is the night Romeo had met Juliet and forgot all about Rosaline.
He causes more conflict between the families when he calls Romeo and “villain” and there “foe”. In the fighting scene Tybalt turns into the villain by killing Mercutio. Tybalt was the instigator in the fight against Mercutio from the house of Montagues. Mercutio was not the one to say let’s fight. “Boy, this shall not excuse me the injuries / that thou hast done me, therefore turn and draw.” (3.
1.59-60) He had started this fight, if he had not have started the fight no one would be banished from Verona and Mercutio and even Tybalt himself would not have been dead. Tybalt may of thought he was helping the city of Verona by fighting with a “villain” but he just made trouble for himself. You can blame tybalt for the death of Romeo and Juliet because he made the plan that they had have little bumps along the way.
Love has it ways sometimes it will not always work out. Tragic fate was struck between Romeo and juliet but their not the only ones to blame. Prince Escalus and his rules of Verona, Friar Laurence and his sneaky ways, and Tybalt and his tragic death that made it difficult for Romeo and Juliet to be together. Things will not be perfect and may not work out in your favour.
Sometimes you can not trust people to do something that you do not want people knowing about. Things can be going well and then one problem comes up and your whole planned is ruined. Romeo and Juliet did not know they would both end up dead. This is why it was a tragic fate.