Romeo And Juliet – Whos To Blame

Why is it, that we as human beings feel the need to blame someone for every negative situation which occurrs? If we really look at the situation with any great deapth, we may discover that an almost endless amount of things may be ‘blamed’ for the tragedy Blaming an individual is pointless – only fate can really be blamed.

The tragedy of Romeo and Juliet was ofcoarse their suicides at the end of the play. Now because this was not a direct attack (It was not a murder or anything of that kind) No-one, or indeed, anyone could be blamed. We could look back to the beginning of time to find who is responsible, but really, it wont solve anything, it can only spread hate, anger, and guilt. For example, it could be said that the inventor of iron is to blame.

He discovered how to make a metal, which was later developed into a sword, which Romeo used to kill Tybalt, which resulted in him being banished from Verona, Which inspired Juliet to seek Friar Laurance, which made Friar Laurance give Juliet a potion, which allowed her to fall into a deep slumber, which deceived Romeo into believing his love was dead, which inspired him to drink poison, which triggered Juliet’s suicide. Every person and thing along that line, aswell as the discoverer of iron, could also have been to blame. At first glance, this story of the discoverer of iron being to blame may seem rather silly – and it is, however, many other theories are also. If we look at things closely, we may find that this man was even more to blame than others who are more traditionally blamed.

Some characters who are more commonly blamed are Romeo and Juliet themselves. With their headstrong personalities, and love which seemed so sure, they had infact condemned themselves. Romeo was the first to promote the relationship at the Capulets party. It was a case of ‘love-at-first-sight’ for him, so he felt obligated to seek Juliet at her bowcany, and charm the engagement into existence. However the reality was that the relationship was condemned before it had even began due to the parents hatred for one another.

Romeo knew the two families didn’t get on, so he also should have also known that the relationship was ill-fated. Yet he still persisted in promoting the relationship. Surely he could have controlled his erges and stayed in the bushes infront of Juliet’s bowcany on the night of the Capulets party. On the other hand love is often considered an impulsive thing, and Romeo being an impulsive person only made the matter worse. An example of Romeo’s impulsive behavior was when he chased Tybalt after Tybalt killed Mercutio, which resulted in Tybalt’s death. Romeo was horrified with what he had done, and expressed that he felt very irresponsible by crying out; “O, I am fortunes fool!”

Some may say that Romeo’s reactions were only out of love, but does that really make him any less to blame? I am sure that when the photographers chased Princess Diana in her car, that their intentions weren’t evil, yet if anyone asks ‘Who is to blame for the death of Diana?’ they will instantly be told that it was the photographers fault.

It does take two to tango. Juliet also promoted the relationship, and was too stubborn to listen to her parents wishes. It was originally Juliet’s idea for the two to wed.

“If thy bent of love be honourable, thy purpose marriage, send me word tomorrow by one that i’ll procure to come to thee, where and what time thou wilt perform the rites, and all thy fortunes at thy foot i’ll lay…”

Juliet also could have avoided disaster had she respected her parents abit more. Things would have been far easier had Juliet married Paris as her parents wished her to. Instead she was very headstrong about the situation.

“I will not marry yet. And when I do I swear it shall be to Romeo for whom you know I hate rather than Paris…”

Juliet certainly should have known that the results would be disasterous had she married a hated Montague. Some may say that Juliet marrying Paris would have been a tragedy in itself, but surely it would heve been far less severe than the loss of two lives!

The domineering Lady Capulet and her husband have also had the finger pointed at them in regards to blame. They were so sure that their tradition of arranged marriage was the right way to go, yet it only resulted in heartbreak.

“Mistress minion you, but fettle your fine joints ‘gainst Thursday next to go with Paris to Saint Peter’s church, or I will drag thee on a hurdle thither. Out you green sickness carrion! Out you baggage!”

It becomes apparent in this point of the play that the Capulets care more about their traditions than they do about their own daughter. However, can they be put to blame for it? Was it not their ancestors who devised this silly tradition? Were the Capulets merely followers? Once again when looking at the situation closely, we discover that perhaps there is more to it than meets the eye.

Another character often blamed for the tragedy was Frair Laurance. He was the one who gave Juliet the potion which resulted in the couple’s suicide.

“…Let not the nurse lie with thee in thy chamber. Take this vial being then in bed, and this distilling liquor drink thou of… Now when the bridegroom in the morning comes to rouse thee from thy bed, there thou art, dead….”

If we were to look at this scene we would notice that Frair Laurance was just trying to shed some light on a bad situation – Juliet was already speaking of killing herself. If she had done this then Romeo surely would have killed himself from the grief, and the tragedy still would have occurred. If iron had never been discovered however, the tragedy probably wouldn’t have occurred because Romeo could not have killed Tybalt. Indeed he could have killed him with a wooden club of some kind, but it was far less likely. Again we see that things which appear less direct may have actually contributed more to the situation.

In conclusion, It is not beng said that the inventor of iron is responsible, nor the ancestor of the Capulets, they were simply examples of how silly and useless blaming an individual is. Indeed in situations like these, either no-one or anyone is to blame. Every little thing contributes – hence, the only thing which can be blamed is fate.

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