Who Is Responsible for the Tragedy in Romeo and Juliet?

Who is responsible for the tragedy in Romeo and Juliet?

A number of different people are responsible for the tragic death of Romeo and Juliet. The play is classified as a tragedy because we know from the beginning that the outcome will be disastrous. The characters that are responsible for the death of these two lovers are Lord Capulet, Friar Lawrence, and Romeo himself.

Lord Capulet is responsible for the tragedy as he was too interested in his money as well as his status to listen to Juliet’s wishes, which leads him to having no connection with his daughter and unaware of what is happening in her life. “How will she none? Doth she not count her bless, unworthy as she is, that we have wrought, so unworthy a gentleman to be her bride?” This quote shows how Lord Capulet doesn’t understand how his daughter is feeling and is ignorant as to why Juliet isn’t interested in Paris. Shakespeare uses assonance by repeating the ‘o’ sound to make this inner monologue sound harsh and direct. Lord Capulet is also extremely rude and unfatherly towards Juliet which leads her to rebel against Lord Capulet resulting in Juliet secretly marrying Romeo and going against her houses rules. “Hang thee, young baggage. Disobedient wretch! I tell thee what; get thee to church a Thursday or never after look me in the face. Speak not, reply not, do not answer me! … Wife we scarce though us blest, that god lent us this only child, but now I see this one too much and we have a curse in having her.” Within this quote, there is a strong use of hyperboles. The effect this has is that the reader gets a true understanding of how over the top and exaggerated Lord Capulet’s personality is and how he speaks what he thinks. This quote also clearly defines how his attitude towards Juliet defiantly could of led her astray. Due to the reasons above Lord Capulet is responsible for both Romeo and Juliet’s death.

Another character that is responsible for the two star-crossed lovers death was Friar...