Reasons To Blame In William Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet

706 Words3 Pages
Romeo and Juliet It was in the town of Verona, in Capel’s monument, where the lives of both Romeo and his beloved Juliet were taken shortly after each other. But who is to blame? Their unfortunate ends can be considered as their own fault. There are many factors that could have been changed in order to prevent both of their deaths, one of these being Romeo’s feelings. Early in the play the audience witnesses Romeo’s unstable “love”. In the very beginning he was in love with Rosaline who had already decided on becoming a nun which left Romeo disappointed and greatly affected, however, not long after he fell in love with Juliet. This can be seen when Romeo saw her for the first time and stated “Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight!…show more content…
An example of this is Romeo’s arrangement to marry Juliet not even 24 hours after meeting her. Though Juliet’s hesitation is evident in her line “Well, do not swear. Although I joy thee, I have no joy of this contract tonight. It is too rash, too unadvised, too sudden, too like the lightning which doth not cease to be” (2.2.116-119) but soon even she hastily agreed to marry him. Neither of them at the time thinking of how their marriage might affect their opposing families and what penalty might occur because of their decision. Nonetheless Romeo went to the friar in order to organise the marriage. The friar then tried to snap Romeo back into reality by saying “Holy Saint Francis, what a change is here! Is Rosaline, whom thou didst love so dear, so soon forsaken? Young men’s love then lies not truly in their hearts, but in their eyes.” (2. 3.65-68) Romeo ignores this and later merely said “Oh, let us hence. I stand on sudden haste.” (2.3.93) This undoubtedly shows his rush to get the marriage agreed upon by the friar. The friar replied to this with a clear warning “Wisely and slow. They stumble that run fast.” (2.3.94) However, once again Romeo turned a deaf ear to the

More about Reasons To Blame In William Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet

Open Document