The Deaths of Romeo And Juliet December 1st , 2010 The Deaths of Romeo and Juliet William Shakespeare was the spectacular playwright who wrote Romeo and Juliet. The play is about “Two star-crossed lovers”, Romeo and Juliet, and how they keep their love a secret because their families are enemies. The forbidden lovers must go through obstacles to be together, and go as far as committing suicide because they are apart. Romeo and Juliet die as a result of Friar Laurence, Lord and Lady Capulet, and the couples own poor decision making. Friar Laurence’s actions throughout the play resulted in Romeo and Juliet’s deaths.
First, Friar Laurence led them to their to death by agreeing to secretly wed them in order to potentially bring the families together. Friar Laurence says to Romeo: “In one respect I’ll thy assistant be,/ for this alliance may so happy prove,/ to turn your households’ rancor to pure love (2. 3. 97-99). Friar Laurence should have thought about the outcome before jumping to conclusions because he could have caused the feud between the Capulet’s and Montagues’ to become even worse. Secondly, Friar Laurence gives Juliet a sleeping potion so that she can be with Romeo.
Friar Laurence commands Juliet: “Take thou this vial, being then in bed,/ and this distilled liquor drink thou off” (4. 1. 93-94). Friar Laurence should have thought of a better way for her to be with Romeo because he is putting both Juliet and his own life in danger. Lastly, the Friar leaves Juliet in the Capulet vault all by herself after she sees her only love dead on the ground. Friar says to Juliet: “Come, go, good Juliet-[Noise] I dare no longer stay” (5. 3. 9-10). The Friar should have stayed and comforted Juliet instead of being scared and nervous that he will be blamed for the death of Romeo.
In the beginning Friar Laurence had tried to help Romeo and Juliet but instead ended up being one of the main reasons for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. Lady and Lord Capulet also caused troubles that lead to the death of Romeo and Juliet. Firstly, Lord Capulet threatens Juliet to marry Paris which causes Juliet to seek help from Friar Laurence. Lord Capulet threatens Juliet: “Hang thee, young baggage! Disobedient wretch! / I tell thee what, get thee to church o’ Thursday,/ or never after look me in the face” (3. 5. 160-163).
By saying this, Lord Capulet weakened his relationship with Juliet. Lord Capulet should have been more understanding and should have listened to Juliet’s reason for why she could not marry Paris, before threatening her. Secondly, the Capulet’s hate towards the Montagues’ causes Juliet and Romeo to keep their love a secret. Nurse says to Juliet: “His name is Romeo, and a Montague; the only son of your great enemy” (1. 5. 135-136). The Capulet’s should compromise with the Montague, so their families can be happy together. Lastly, there is no communication between Lady Capulet and Juliet.
At one point in the play, Lady Capulet wants to talk to Juliet in private but calls the Nurse back for extra support. If Lady Capulet communicated with Juliet she would have known about Juliet’s problems. Lady and Lord Capulet tried to be the best parents they could be, but instead they lead their only daughter and her only love into an early grave. Romeo and Juliet choose poor decisions throughout the play that cause their own deaths. Firstly, they decide to get married the first day they meet each other. Juliet asks Romeo: “Thy purpose marriage, send me word tomorrow” (2. . 144). This was a very poor decision by the couple because they are not truly in love and the only thing they know about each other is that there families are enemies. Secondly, Romeo and Juliet did not communicate with each other. Juliet asks the Nurse: “O God! Did Romeo’s hand shed Tybalt’s blood? ” (3. 2. 77). Romeo should have told Juliet right away because they are married. If Romeo had communicated with Juliet right away she would have known why romeo killed Tybalt, her cousin. Lastly Romeo and Juliet both decide to kill themselves without thinking of other choices.
At the end of the story, Romeo drinks a fatal potion because he believes that Juliet is dead, but Juliet was still alive and wakes up to see to Romeo dead on the ground so she stabs herself. They both react very quickly to the situation before thinking about their friends and family; they should have thought about doing something else, like finding a new beauty just like Romeo did in the beginning. Romeo and Juliet loved each other but their poor decision making was a big reason for their death. The deaths of Romeo and Juliet are Friar Laurence, Lord and Lady Capulet, and the couples poor decision making.