Monday, March 12, 2018

How is the death of Romeo and Juliet the fault of the family feud of the Montagues and Capulets? Are Romeo and Juliet responsible in any way for their tragic downfall?

Romeo and Juliet 

“Romeo and Juliet” was written by William Shakespeare in the mid-1590s. The play is famous because it basically sets an example of forbidden love and its consequences. 

In Romeo and Juliet, the long-standing family feud is responsible for the tragedy, the deaths of both Romeo and Juliet and others such as Mercutio and Tybalt. Had there not been a family feud, there would have been no need for Romeo and Juliet to hide their love. Likewise, Friar Lawrence would not have had to devise a plan to help the couple escape, a plan which leads to the death of the lovers.
If the Capulets and Montagues had resolved their differences, both Romeo and Juliet would have lived to have a happy life. The Montagues and Capulets realize the error of their ways too late. Nevertheless, both families resolve their differences after losing their loved ones, which doesn't make the play any less of a tragedy.
It is sad to think that Romeo and Juliet could have lived if two families had not hated each other. All the other instances in the play happen due to the hatred between two families. Although the families resolve their differences in the end, it is too late to save Romeo and Juliet. Two innocent young people die but possibly not in vain. The future will be be better for the remaining Montagues and Capulets.
But it was not only the feuding that lead to the death of both lovers; they both lead themselves to death. The tragedy is also the fault of Romeo and Juliet because they were the ones that made bad decisions. They both chose to love each other and keep seeing each other and did not think about the consequences of their actions.
Fate is responsible for all the tragedy and causes for the death of the lovers.


  1. Hi Denise - it's interesting how much we can learn from early story tellers ... we don't need to fight - people die, we learn from our mistakes too late, we haven't taught our children to evaluate their decisions ... I can see why fate is responsible for the tragedy and causes for the death of lovers. Cheers Hilary

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