Who's Fault Is It?

Romeo & Juliet

Who is most at fault for all the problems?

I think Romeo is most at fault for all the problems because Romeo was the first to kiss Juliet, he wanted Juliet to marry him, and he killed Tybalt. When Romeo found out that Juliet was a Capulet, he didn't leave her alone even though he knew their families were enemies. Romeo would've avoided a lot of conflict by not going after Juliet anymore. Romeo asked Juliet to marry him even though it would add to the feuding between their families. He didn't consider all the conflict and problems it would cause if he married Juliet. After Romeo killed Tybalt, the hate between the Capulet's and Montague's grew even stronger.

Textual Evidence

Reason 1:

Romeo says, "Then move not, while my prayer's effect I take" (1.5.108). This proves that Romeo was the first to kiss Juliet. If Romeo wouldn't have kissed Juliet, it would not have made the fight between their families worse. By kissing Juliet, Romeo agitated the fight between the two families.

Reason 2:

Romeo says, "I'll tell thee as we pass, but this I pray: That thou consent to marry us today" (2.3.63-64). This proves that Romeo asked Friar Laurence to marry him and Juliet. It shows that Romeo was in such a rush to marry Juliet that he didn't even talk to Friar Laurence about it. Romeo went too fast with the relationship that he didn't think it through and all that could happen if they got married.

Reason 3:

Shakespeare writes, "The citizens are up, and Tybalt is slain Stand not amazed. The Prince will doom thee death" (3.1.135-136). This shows that Romeo killed Tybalt. There was already feuding going on between both of the families, but now there is even more to fight about because Romeo killed Tybalt, who was a Capulet. Romeo should not have fought with Tybalt and then the Capulet's wouldn't have another reason to keep fighting with the Montague's.

Opposing Viewpoint

Some might say that Friar Laurence is most at fault for all the problems. Friar agreed to marry Romeo and Juliet which could cause a lot of conflict between the two families. Friar Laurence really married them though to try to bring the Montague's and the Capulet's together and end the fighting between them. It's not Friar's fault because he was trying to bring the families together. Romeo didn't even think about all the problems he was causing when being with Juliet.
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