Theme Of Mistakes In Romeo And Juliet


Even though parents hold the authority they make mistakes. Typical mistakes are normally caused by blindly attempting to protect their children from everything around them. Parents feel they are mostly correct when it comes to the well being of their children. The Montagues and Capulets from the play Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare make the same mistakes. The parents of Romeo and Juliet are to blame for Romeo and Juliet’s death because they do not give free will and respect for their children’s opinion, ignorance of Romeo and Juliet’s needs and ongoing rivalry between the Capulets and Montagues.

 Neither the Montagues nor the Capulets show any respect for Romeo and Juliet’s opinion. Capulets are arguing with Juliet, as proof in the play it states, “Thank me no thankings, nor proud me no prouds but fettle your fine joints gainst Thursday next to go with Paris to Saint Peter’s Church, or I will drag thee on a hurdle thither.” ( III.V ) Capulet does not value Juliet's opinion because he feels that he is superior to her. Lady Capulet talks to Juliet directly after the Capulet statement. In fact, in the play, it states, “Talk not to me, for I’ll not speak a word. Do as thou wilt, for I have done with thee.” ( III.V) In the fear of Capulet, Lady Capulet takes up her conviction without showing any interest in Juliet's opinion. Montague disapproves of his son's love-filled actions. Montague is of the view that Romeo should be less dependent on passion. An example from the play is, "But to himself, so secret and so close, So far from sounding and discovery, As is the bud bit with an envious worm, Ere he can spread his sweet leaves to the air,  Or dedicate his beauty to the sun." (I.I) Romeo's father publicly disapproved of Romeo's need for love. But Montagues doesn't know that his rejection drives Romeo's father away from shaping him. Romeo and Juliet are making poor choices because their parents are unwittingly dragging them away with a lack of regard for their views.

The Montagues and Capulets are ignorant of what Romeo and Juliet need from them as parents. First of all, Friar Lawrence and the nurse are serving as Romeo's father and Juliet's mother, although Lord Montague and Lady Capulet are their real parents. Friar Lawrence and the nurse are giving Romeo and Juliet more support than Romeo and Juliet's parents have ever done. For example, “ Therefore love moderately. Long love doth so. Too swift arrives as tardy as too slow.” ( II.VI) Friar is giving Romeo advice and asking him to slow down. “ What she bade me say, I will keep to myself. But first let me tell ye,  if ye should lead her into fool’s paradise, as they say, it where a very gross kind of behaviour, as they say.” (II.VI) Here the nurse warns Romeo not to lead Juliet and trick her into loving him. It is important to have someone you can get advice on. The Montagues and the Capulets have repeatedly refused to be on Romeo and Juliet's side, leaving Friar Lawrence and the nurse to fill their place. When Romeo is banished, the Montagues do not make the slightest attempt to meet Romeo and console him. Instead, it is Friar Lawrence who risks the penalty of the law and takes Romeo to console him. For instance, “ Go, get thee to thy love, as was decreed. Ascend her chamber. Hence and comfort her. But look thou stay not till the watch be set, For then thou canst not pass to Mantua, Where thou shalt live till we can find a time. To blaze your marriage, reconcile your friends, Beg pardon of the Prince, and Call thee back, With twenty hundred thousand times more joy, Than thou went’st forth in lamentation.” (III.III) Parents should reach out to their children and support them when they need it. The Montagues are meant to help Romeo, but instead, they neglect him when he needs the most help. As a father, Friar Lawrence loves Romeo and wants what's best for him after Romeo killed Tybalt. The Friar has told Romeo to be careful and to go to Mantua and let things settle down. Capulet is planning to marry Juliet and Paris. But Capulet doesn't say Juliet until he decides to marry Juliet. As proof, “ Send for the county. Go tell him of this. I’ll have this knot knit up tomorrow morning.”( IV, II) Capulet doesn't take into account what Juliet wants, his decisions are focused solely on what he wants. The Capulets have not understood that Juliet wants her opinion to be heard. When the opportunity arises, the parents of Romeo and Juliet do not console or support Romeo or Juliet. The deaths of Romeo and Juliet was triggered by The Montague and Capulets’ misunderstanding of what their children need. 

There is an ongoing family feud between the Montagues and Capulets. Tybalt challenges Romeo to a duel for no reason other than the fact that he is a Montague. During the Duel Tybalt killed Mercutio and Romeo killed Tybalt. If Prince finds out about the duel he is going to exile Romeo. Such as, “Draw, Benvolio. Beat down their weapons. Gentlemen, for shame! Forbear this outrage. Tybalt, Mercutio! The Prince expressly hath, Forbidden bandying in Verona streets. Hold, Tybalt! Good Mercutio!”(III. I) This conflict reveals not just the hatred that exists between the Montagues and the Capulets, but also the effects of their hatred. However, these effects are also paid for by innocent people such as Mercutio, Romeo and Juliet. Misunderstanding of the Capulets and the Montagues. Particularly when Capulet says “ What noise is this? Give me my long sword, ho!” (I.I) and Montague says “ Thou villain Capulet! Hold me not; let me go.” (I.I) These quotations are the confusion that fuels the competition between the Montagues and the Capulets. Both families assume the other is a villain. Tybalt was killed, Prince asked who killed Tybalt, and Benvolio replied, but Lady Capulet argued especially when “ He is kinsman to the Montague. Affection makes him false; he speaks not true. I beg for justice, which thou, Prince, must give. Romeo slew Tybalt; Romeo must not live.” (III. I) This quotation shows another part of the rivalry between the Montagues and the Capulets; the two families clashed long enough for their rivalry to become second nature. When Lady Capulet hears Benvolio's story? she leaps at the chance to blame Romeo for the battle. The competition between the Montagues and the Capulets takes innocent lives and places others at risk. This family rivalry brings Romeo and Juliet's love to a tragic end.

Romeo and Juliet's parents are to blame for the death of Romeo and Juliet because they  do not give free will and regard for the opinions of their children, ignorance of the needs of Romeo and Juliet, and continuing competition between the Capulets and Montagues. In conclusion, the conflict between the Montague and the Capulet brings innocent lives to an end, and the love of Romeo and Juliet ends tragically. Several errors made by parents who do not hurt their children trigger a disaster like no other. For there was never a tale of more sorrow than that of Juliet and her Romeo.

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