"Romeo and Juliet"

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In "Romeo and Juliet", by William Shakespeare, there were many characters that caused Juliet's death. Above all of the characters, Juliet was responsible for her own death. Firstly, Juliet had the choice of not desiring Romeo even though she knew that he was a Montague. Secondly, she should have agreed to marry Parris and have a happy life. Lastly, Juliet agreed to marry Romeo although she knew that they were impatiently making decisions. Thus, Juliet chose the wrong option, disagreed with her parents and acted hastily about her marriage which led to her death.

Firstly, when Romeo arrived at the Capulet's party, the moment Romeo and Juliet saw each other, they fell in love. After spending some time together at the party, they both felt that they will be each others forever. However, Juliet had the option of ignoring Romeo. Nevertheless, she chose to be with him even though she knew that Romeo was a Montague.

Juliet expresses, "Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo? Deny thy father and refuse thy name! ...And I'll no longer be a Capulet," (Shakespeare 1023). Thus, it was her mistake of choosing the wrong choice, which was falling in love with a Montague.

In addition, Juliet was better off listening to her mother and her father. She should have agreed to marry Paris and have a happy life. Juliet was only fourteen, and she made naive decisions. She was not old enough to think about her wedding. Her father even threatened to disown her if she did not marry Paris. Juliet's father tells, "Gaze where you will, you shall not house with me" (Shakespeare 1060). Therefore, Juliet should have followed her father's verdict.

However, Juliet confessed her love for Romeo, and then Romeo came forward to declare his love for her.