Romeo and Juliet were killed by the good intentions of those around them rather than their ‘parents’ strife.’
Romeo and Juliet, the two star-crossed lovers, were killed due to the good intentions of their family and friends, rather than their family feud. Many characters that were close to Romeo and Juliet only wanted the best for them. The good intentions of Friar Lawrence, the Nurse and Juliet’s parents eventually lead to the tragic death of lovers Romeo and Juliet.
In the text, Romeo and Juliet, Friar Lawrence is the perfect example that proves how good intentions can result in unintentional bad occurrences. By marrying Romeo and Juliet, Friar Lawrence truly believed that this would bring peace to the quarrelling Capulets and Montagues. Although the marriage had to be kept a secret, Friar was hoping that good would come out of it. He states, “For this alliance may so happy prove to turn your households’ rancour to pure love.” (act 2, scene 6). The schemeful Friar Lawrence believed the potion he gave to Juliet would help her escape her strife and allow her to not have to marry Paris. This well thought out plan of his resulted in Romeo committing suicide. Friar said to Juliet, “…this shall free thee from the present shame.” (act 4, scene 1). Although Friar Lawrence meant well, his strategic actions assisted in the deaths of both Romeo and Juliet.
Throughout the duration of the play, it is obvious Juliet’s Nurse always wanted the best for Juliet, as their bond was always tight; however, the Nurse’s support for Juliet also played a large role in the disastrous death of both Juliet and her lover, Romeo. Throughout the text, the Nurse constantly went back and forth organising for Romeo and Juliet to meet, acting as their ‘go-between.’ A crucial part of the play is the wedding of Romeo and Juliet, which would not have been possible unless the Nurse delivered messages between them.
As the play progresses, it was in fact the Nurse’s idea to bring Romeo to Juliet, even after he was banished from Verona. The Nurse warned Juliet of her mother’s arrival as Romeo was present (act 3, scene 5), “Your lady mother is coming to your chamber. The day is broke, be wary, look about.” Many claim that Romeo and especially Juliet’s deaths were caused by the Nurse’s sneaky actions and schemes, but the Nurse continuously wanted the best for Juliet.
Juliet’s parents, Lord and Lady Capulet, were also main contenders assisting in the unfortunate deaths of both Romeo and Juliet. As they believed it was best for Juliet, her overpowering parents arranged her marriage with Paris. Paris was a great match for Juliet; he was charming, young and wealthy, but Juliet was not in love with him. Capulet explained to Paris that “…[Juliet] will be rul’d in all respects by me.” (act 3, scene 4). In the beginning, Lord Capulet wanted Juliet to marry for love, but eventually Paris manipulated him, stating that women Juliet’s age were already mothers.
Although Lady Capulet was never very close to her daughter, she did honestly believe that Paris was a great man for her. By forcing Juliet to be married to someone she didn’t love, it caused Juliet to be even more secretive and cautious about her unconditional love for Romeo, which soon led to their deaths.
In conclusion, the deaths of Romeo and Juliet can’t be blamed on one person’s good intentions. However, the collaboration of Friar Lawrence’s, the Nurse’s and the Capulet’s actions definitely influenced the play majorly and assisted in the tragic deaths of Romeo and Juliet.