The death of Romeo and Juliet

Who's to blame for their deaths?

By Nicholas G. Keenum (12 - 11 - 15)

A terrible feud went on between the Capulet's and Montague's for ages. It took the lives of many people, constant fighting and injured many more. Besides the long fights and funerals that constantly went on people grew irritated and annoyed with them. They truly couldn't even remember why they had been fighting, they just kept on doing it.

The Friar.

Friar Laurence had grown oh so tired of this ancient feud. He wanted it to end more than anyone else. When he had heard Romeo confess his love for Juliet he hatched a plan. If Juliet had felt the same way for Romeo and he brought them together in marriage then it might just mean the end of this ancient feud that had annoyed and hurt so many. In act II, scene III when Romeo confessed his love for Juliet, the Friar was shocked to hear this come from him. Though he soon responded with "For this alliance may so happy prove, To turn your household's rancour to pure love." (Lines 91 and 92).

True loves tragedy.

Just days after the marriage Romeo had been banished. Not because of his secret marriage, which no one knew anything about, but for killing Tybalt. A cousin of Juliet's. Juliet faked her death so that way he could meet her and they could run away and forever be together. Romeo never got the letter, just news that Romeo was dead. He stormed down to the castle and broke into her vault, he found her dead and since his true love was in heaven he would join her there. He took a sip of poison and fell dead. Moments later Juliet awoke to see him dying, as he died she kissed his lips to see if she would to die. Nothing. The Friar came in moments later to see that Romeo was dead and Juliet in tears. The Friar left her in the vault as he heard men approach, she took a dagger once he left and stabbed herself many times in the chest.

The end of the feud.

When they found Romeo and Juliet dead in the vault, the Friar confessed to the Prince that he brought the two together in a holly marriage. He announced that some are punished and some are not. He also announced that because of the feud their first born children died. The Capulets and Montagues vowed to no longer fight, the feud had ended. The Friar was accepting of any punishment that came his way.

(Lines 240 - 263), act V, scene III, the Friar stated :

"To rid her from this second marriage, Or in my cell there would she kill herself. Then I gave her, so tortur'd by my art, A sleeping potion; Which so took effect as I intended, for it wrought on her, The form of death; meantime I writ to Romeo, That he should hither come as this dire night, To help to take her from her borrow'd grave, Being the time the potion's force should cease. But he which bore my letter, and yesternight return'd my letter back. Then all alone at the prefixed hour of her waking, came I to take her kindred's vault, meaning to keep her closely at my cell, till I conveniently could send to Romeo: But when I came, some minute ere the time of her father awaking, here ultimely lay the noble Paris and Romeo dead. She wakes; and I entreated her come forth, And bear this work of heaven in her patience.¨


This proved that the Friar not only managed to destroy the feud but allowed two young kids along with other men to die.