In the tragic romance, Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare displays an example of how teenage love can embrace the feelings of the young but also cause destruction, not only in their lives but also the people’s lives around them. This story shows how others opinions and thoughts can affect the people close to them. But who is responsible for the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet? The death of these star crossed lovers was not only the teenagers fault but also their family and friends such as, their parents, Friar Lawrence, and the nurse.
Romeo and Juliet’s parents play a major role in the death of their children; both families hate each other due to an ancient feud between the Montague’s and Capulet’s. When Romeo and Juliet met each other and soon realized their families were enemies they knew that they would have to keep their love a secret. Throughout the story the ancient feud causes many conflicts in Verona, one of the conflicts being the fight between Romeo, Tybalt, and Mercutio.
The fight ended with the banishment of Romeo from Verona and the death of Mercutio and Tybalt. Since Romeo was banished it gives Friar Lawrence an idea to come up with an elaborate plan for Romeo and Juliet to be together, and leads to their destruction. Friar Lawrence was very benign to Romeo and Juliet, he even married them, but could he also have something to do with their deaths? Friar was a huge help to both Romeo and Juliet he cared about them and came up with a plan for them to be together.
Juliet was supposed to drink a potion that would fake her death, except there was a major flaw in Friar Lawrence’s plan, the fact that Romeo did not get the message on time to tell him what he had to in order for the plan to work out. The result to that one flaw was Romeo believing that Juliet was actually dead and causing Romeo to kill himself. Friar should not have left Juliet alone in the tomb, he should have waited for Romeo to come and wait for Juliet to wake up.
If friar would have thought out his plan more thorough it may have not resulted in their deaths, but friar wasn’t the only person that knew about the secret love between Romeo and Juliet the nurse did also. The Nurse is the only other person that knew about the secret relationship between Romeo and Juliet. She was sort of Juliet’s messenger in the story, she told Romeo about the marriage and when he was going to see Juliet again. Then towards the ending of the story she started realizing that Juliet’s parents were not going to let her marry anyone but Paris.
So Nurse tried to help Juliet realize that, and it only made Juliet more upset and run off to Friar. When Juliet was upset she told Nurse that she was going to pay respects, nurse knew that wasn’t true and did nothing about it, if Nurse would have stopped Juliet from going to Friar she could have prevented the whole plan and stopped the events leading to Romeo and Juliet’s death. But Romeo and Juliet made it very difficult for the Nurse and Friar help them because they wanted nothing but to be together and they wouldn’t wait for anything.
In the end everyone had something to do with their deaths big or small one event lead to the other and caused the tragic ending. The whole story could lead back to the ancient feud, but in the end it could have been prevented. They died because of many things and it would be difficult to pinpoint one single event, no one person could have prevented the entire ending, but it didn’t have to end the way it did. Romeo and Juliet are two young teens who wanted only one thing, to be together peacefully; maybe if they would have waited to be together it would have happened.