Romeo and Juliet

By Kelly Sletten

Who is at fault for all of the problems in Romeo and Juliet?

There are so many constant conflicts in Romeo and Juliet, but just who's fault is it? You can't blame all of the problems on just one person, but I think that Romeo is at fault for many of the conflicts in the story. I think Romeo is most at fault for the problems because he got over Roseline much too fast and "fell in love", he sneaks around and asks her to marry him, and he kills her relative (Tybalt) and gets banished.

"In love"

Romeo explains, "Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight! For I ne'er saw true beauty till this night" (1.5.54-55).

Romeo just broke up with Roseline. He is depressed and completely heartbroken for days. His first mistake was sneaking into a party that he wasn't supposed to be at. And then, all in the span of maybe 20 minutes, he is in love with someone else and willing to marry her. The only way that he knew he was "in love" was by taking one look at her. He knew nothing at all about who she really is. I don't think you can tell if you are completely in love

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The wedding

Friar Laurence says, "Come, come with me, and we will make short work; For by your leaves, you shall not stay alone till holy church incorporate two in one" (2.6.35-38).

Romeo and Juliet secretly get married, before anyone else knows that they even like each other. Both of them are getting way ahead of themselves. I mean you're in love for about 20 minutes so it's only right to get married right? I don't think so...


Shakespeare writes, "Romeo, away, be gone! The citizens are up, and Tybalt slain. Stand not amazed. The prince will doom thee death if thou art taken" (3.1.134-137).

Even though Tybalt killed Mercutio, fighting back is never the right thing to do. Tybalt is obviously from the family that Romeo's family hates, but like he said, names don't matter. With that aside, Tybalt did kill Mercutio, but he shouldn't have fought fire with fire. If he wouldn't have killed him, Tybalt would have been the bad guy, and Romeo wouldn't have gotten banished.

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Opposing point

Friar advises, "Be patient for the world is broad and wide" (3.3.16).

Some people may think that Friar is at fault for all these conflicts. But, Friar is older and wiser than Romeo. He knows how to handle a tricky situation better than a dramatic teenager. Friar have some really good advise throughout the story, and without him, they never would have gotten anywhere in their relationship.