Romeo and Juliet

June 24, 2018 General Studies

Romeo and Juliet In life, people make choices that not only are unbeneficial to them, but are also unbeneficial to others too. In the play Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet’s tragic death occurs. Although it may seem like it was their fault, three minor characters also contributed to the star-crossed lovers’ tragic deaths. Mercutio, the Nurse and Friar Laurence were also to blame (Infinitive). One of the characters, who may not have seemed a significant figure in the play, did have an important role in the tragic deaths of Romeo and Juliet.

Mercutio, forced Romeo into going to the Capulet’s party, there, Romeo met Juliet, and fell in love with her. If Romeo had not been forced to go to the party, he would have never met Juliet therefore, he would have never feel in love with her and it would have never ended in such a tragic way(Infinitive). Also, Mercutio played a role in Romeo and Juliet’s death, because Mercutio fights with Tybalt and dies. Then, Tybalt dies as a result of Romeo killing him, which causes Romeo to be banished from Verona.

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As soon as Romeo is banished from Verona, some plans go wrong which causes the death of Romeo and Juliet. Their deaths would not have occurred in such a tragic manner if Mercutio along with other minor characters were not involved. In addition to Mercutio playing a role in Romeo and Juliet’s death, the Nurse also played a large part in their tragic deaths. Juliet’s nurse arranged the marriage between Romeo and Juliet then kept the marriage a secret even though she had many opportunities to tell Juliet’s parents.

If the Nurse would have told Juliet’s parents about the marriage to Romeo, her parents would not have had her marry Paris. Another reason the Nurse played a role in their deaths was because when Juliet was desperate for guidance after her parents told her that she had to marry Paris, but the Nurse basically said that she should listen to her parents and marry Paris, and to forget about Romeo. Although Juliet trusted the Nurse, she did not help in this situation; she gave Juliet bad advice which ultimately led to the deaths of Romeo and Juliet.

But Mercutio and the Nurse were not the only ones who played a role in the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. Lastly, Friar Laurence also contributed greatly to the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. Friar Laurence was not only a priest, but also close to Romeo and Juliet. When Romeo and Juliet wanted to get married, Friar Laurence secretly married them. Even though he knows they are not truly in love, he marries them anyway because he feels that it will end the dispute between the Montague’s and the Capulet’s.

Another reason that Friar Laurence contributed to the death of Romeo and Juliet was when he formulates a plan. His plan was that Juliet would drink a sleeping potion the night before the scheduled wedding day. Then, the potion would make Juliet appear dead, therefore she would be placed in the vault then, Romeo would find her there and they would be reunited. However, this plan did not work out and ended in the unexpected and tragic deaths of Romeo and Juliet.

The choices made by three minor characters, Mercutio, the Nurse, and Friar Laurence all contributed to the untimely and tragic deaths of Romeo and Juliet. Mercutio’s persistence about Romeo going to the party and his fight with Tybalt eventually ended in their deaths. Also, the Nurse’s bad advice and poor decisions also greatly contributed to the deaths of Romeo and Juliet along with Friar Laurence’s careless decisions. These complex situations resulted in the untimely and tragic deaths of two star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet.


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