Juliet so that he can prove the tragedy is the families’ fault when Capulet says to Montague “They were poor sacrifices of our rivalry!” in Act 5 Scene 3. However, Shakespeare continues the play simply to show that the families would have likely resolved their differences had the Friar told them of the marriage. Although Shakespeare definitely places blame on the Friar’s actions, he is clearly showing that the family rivalry is more of the cause of tragedy than anything else. After the death of the two lovers you can see that the Friar actually helped solve the family feud. Once the Capulet and Montague families were informed of the marriage, they very remorseful and offered one another memorial gifts for each other children. Clearly, the two families resolved their differences because of the deaths of their children. However, Shakespeare was likely attempting to show that the families may have been able to resolve their differences had someone told them of the marriage of Romeo and Juliet. Since the Friar had told Juliet and Romeo’s parents, the feud was put to an end. The tragedy is mostly his fault; his interfering and lack of interfering were the main reasons the tragedy happens. Had he not married Romeo and Juliet, then the tragedy would not have happened. Had the Friar told, or had he made Juliet tell the parents that Romeo and Juliet were married, then the tragedy might not have happened.
- Summer '19
- Romeo and Juliet