I have published a poll on Twitter and here where you can vote on whom you feel is the most responsible for the deaths in Romeo and Juliet.
Comment below to discuss your take on the tragedy.
I’ll get you started by saying that I definitely believe Friar Laurence should have known better than to marry Romeo and Juliet. Why he thought that a superficial boy like Romeo would make husband of the year material is beyond me! Ending the feud was not his job! He really should have gone to Romeo’s father about all of this. From all accounts in the play, Lord Montague was a concerned father. I’m sure he would not have allowed Romeo to marry a Capulet, but her would probably have helped him out before he become so desperate about Rosaline! He says, “We would willingly give cure as know.” Finally Friar Laurence shows the world’s worst judgement when he leaves Juliet alone in the sepulcher with her dead husband! This doesn’t excuse Prince Escalus for ignoring the feud then throwing a tantrum and saying, “Off with their heads!” the Nurse for being an idiot, Tybalt for being a jerk, or Lord Capulet for being emotionally abusive, but dang! Basically, Romeo and Juliet never had a chance. Of course, I’m a big believer in personal responsibility, so I don’t excuse them either. But if I have to pick just one, I guess I’m going with the not-so-good Friar.