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The people who build you up can also be the people who bring you down, thus, one considers, how can one distinguish the fine line between a friend and a foe? The Shakespearean tragedy, Romeo and Juliet portrays that loved ones can hold responsible in the worst act of all, death. A party that Lord Capulet organizes, leads the two young lovers, Romeo and Juliet to fall in love and get married , despite the fact that they are from feuding families. However, due to their families they could never be together which causes them to go to an extent to die, to be with each other. In the play, Romeo and Juliet’s relationship causes a problem for Lord Capulet, Friar Laurence and the Nurse. Subsequently, proving that their closest friends and family members are responsible for their demise.
Romeo and Juliet’s love causes Juliet’s father, Lord Capulet to hold accountable for their death. Juliet, the only living child of the Capulets, is Lord Capulet’s treasure. He treats her like she is gold. As he understands his daughter is too young, he gives her a little time till she has to marry a man. This freedom gives Juliet the acknowledgement of falling in love with anyone, therefore, she runs off and falls in love with Romeo, and later marries him. His liberty leads to their demise and is made apparent when Capulet declares, “My child is yet a stranger in the world;/ She hath not seen the change of fourteen years./ Let two more summers wither in their pride,/Ere we may think her ripe to be a bride” (1.2.8-11). Paris wants marry Juliet, but Capulet believes it is a bad idea as he wants Juliet to marry a man she loves. Therefore, giving her this time let’s her go out in the world to find love. When she does find love, it provokes her to believe that nothing in the world is worthy to live for, other than Romeo, her true love. Furthermore, as the play progresses, Lord Capulet’s perception differs as he now forces Juliet to marriage. After Juliet is aware of Tybalt’s death, done by Romeo, she is in a state of depression. This frantic grief leads Lord Capulet to force her hand in marriage with Paris, which he thinks will help her recover. This is made evident when he declares, “Acquaint her here of my son Paris’ love;/And bid her, mark you me, on Wednesday next—” (3.4.16-17). Without any concern on Juliet’s feelings, Capulet believes that she accepts this marriage. Therefore, prompts Juliet to go out of her way and fake her own death. With all this chaos that occurs, Lord Capulet is unaware of her plan and that she wakes up and kills herself because she would rather look at a frog than marry Paris. Through the little time of freedom and a forceful marriage to Paris, Lord Capulet causes the two young lovers to die.
Additionally, Friar Laurence’s hope in the young couple leads to their own expiration. As Romeo and Juliet just meet at the masquerade ball, they are in love and wish to marry each other. They put their trust in Friar Laurence, as he gives consent to wed both of them, without thinking of any risks that can occur. Romeo’s closest relationship is to the Friar as he is the first one to be aware of their love for each other. The Friar’s intentions are to end the enmity when he says, “In one respect I’ll thy assistant be;/ For this alliance may so happy prove,/To turn your households’ rancour to pure love” (2.3.90-93). Romeo’s banishment and Juliet forcefully marrying Paris — all these factors that the Friar never considers, arises. To be with each other, they go to an extent, and since Friar Laurence is the only one informed of all these problems and their wedding, nor could he could go to anyone for help and nor could anyone help him. His entire plan of marrying the couple to end the feud works, however the part of his plan that is missing is how the couple would announce this news to their parents, which ultimately does not happen as they die. Moreover, Juliet turns to Friar Laurence in a desperation because her parents insist, on her marrying Paris. In this state of despair, Friar comes up with an idea for Juliet to fake her death. The Friar tells her if she has the dominance to kill herself because she does not want to marry Paris, then she can falsely die to unite with her true love. This is obvious when the Friar states, ”
“… To-morrow night look that thou lie alone…
Take thou this vial, being then in bed,
And this distilled liquor drink thou off;
When presently through all thy veins shall run…
Like death, when he shuts up the day of life;…
To rouse thee from thy bed, there art thou dead…
Thou shalt be borne to that same ancient vault
Where all the kindred of the Capulets lie” (4.1.***)

The Friar’s intentions are to marry the naive couple and in hope, end the enmity.

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