"Wisely, and slow, they stumble that run fast" says Friar Laurence to Romeo at the end of their first scene together. And he has a point. There are lots of instances of haste, and moments where time feels tightly compressed in the play. For example
- Capulet only sends out the invitations to his party on the day - the party is on that night!
- Paris, for some reason, has been invited to the party that night, and Lady Capulet seems already to know that he wants to marry Juliet. It's all happening fast.
- Romeo meets Juliet at a party, and falls immediately in love with her. That night he agrees to marry her at her window.
- He doesn't sleep, but goes straight to Friar Laurence, who agrees to marry them that same day.
- Moments after Mercutio is killed, Romeo instantaneously decides to challenge Tybalt. He kills him.
- It is that same night, it seems, that Capulet agrees that Juliet will marry Paris on Thursday. As Friar Laurence says, "the time is very short".
- When Juliet relents to her father, he brings the marriage forward a day, to Wednesday.
- Juliet fakes her own death on Tuesday night, and is taken to the vault on Wednesday. Romeo arrives, finds her dead, and without hesitation, kills himself. She awakes, finds his body and kills herself.
The plot -as you can see - depends on haste. The above looks like a summary: it is, in fact, a list of the quick and fast actions.
Hope it helps!
Who is Responsible for the Death of Romeo and Juliet?
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In the play Romeo and Juliet there are lots of events that lead to the death of the two main characters. There are many people responsible for the death of Romeo and Juliet and some of these characters are Tybalt, Capulet and Friar Lawrence.
In the play, Tybalt has a large influence on the death of Romeo and Juliet. He helps contribute to their deaths because he kills Mercutio and Romeo in turn kills Tybalt which causes Romeo to be banished from Verona. Then Juliet tells “Romeo is banished!” “There is not end no limit, measure, bound. In that word’s death: no words can that woe sound.” (Act III Scene II 128-130) If Romeo had taken the time to think before killing Tybalt he would not have killed him and therefore he would not be…show more content…
Friar Lawrence plays a big part in causing the death of Romeo and Juliet because he secretly marries them knowing something either negative or positive will happen. Friar even tells Romeo the cautions for he says 'Wisely and slow. They stumble that run fast.' (Act II Scene III 97) Friar marries them because he thinks that the marriage is going to end the feud between the families of Romeo and Juliet. He knows that even though Romeo and Juliet are in love they will never be able to see each other. Not in a grave to lay one in, another out to have” (Act II scene III 85) Also, if Friar Lawrence did not give Juliet the potion that she was going to use to deceive her family into thinking she was dead to get out of her marriage to Paris and make Romeo aware of what was going to happen, their deaths would not have occurred. Romeo goes to the tomb thinking Juliet is really dead after Balthasar accidently informed him of Juliet’s apparent death not knowing of her plan. If he had stayed there longer without taking the poison he had obtained from Apothecary they both would not have killed themselves. He brought the poison to the tomb to end his own life next to Juliet after seeing for himself if she was really dead. Romeo did not want to live without Juliet.
Capulet also played an important role in the death of Romeo and Juliet because he told Juliet that she was going to marry Paris and she had no choice. By