Who Is Responsible for the Death of Romeo and Juliet?

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Who Is Responsible for the Death of Romeo and Juliet?“Love is like a violin. The music may stop now and then, but the strings remain forever.” –Anonymous“Hatred does not cease through hatred at anytime. Hatred cease through love. This is an unalterable law.” –BuddhaLove and hatred are defined as two extremely opposite terms literally; however, they are combined perfectly to provide the prerequisites of the tragic ending. Love impels Romeo and Juliet to surmount any obstacles place between them. Nevertheless, love is also the direct cause of their death. Their unforeseen love effectively determines their fate. Their fate omened their death at last. If they choose to love each other without regrets, they need to know they are responsible for their tender love and their thunderstruck death as well. Hatred, on the other hand, becomes another main force that urges and accelerates their death. The enmity between the two families makes their love much more difficult.

They do not have the right and freedom to choose whom they really love. In addition, Capulets’ coercion towards Juliet’s marriage automatically becomes the key reason leading to their death. Therefore, the families with enmity have the responsibility for their death as well. Friar, as a kind-hearted person, is another direct character who brings about Juliet and Romeo’s death. He first introduces the idea of death to the two immature teenagers. He ought to be held responsible for their death.

Romeo and Juliet are the two main characters in this play. They are young, impulsive, and immature. It is not their fault to fall in love at first sight. Young people always cannot be rational towards the emotions they sense. Even elders sometimes can not be wise enough when they face the word love. Love has no mistakes, no flaws, and no unexpectedness.