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Punishment At the end of the play the Prince says, “All are punished,” however this isn’t completely true. Some people in the play get off to easily and others don’t deserve to be punished. When saying this, the Prince does not consider everyone involved in the set of events leading up to the end of the tragic play. Friar Lawrence isn’t ever punished when he is greatly responsible, Romeo did not deserve to be banished, and the Nurse is never chastised for the problems she caused either. Friar Lawrence does not take any responsibility for the tragic deaths of Romeo and Juliet’s that he brought about.
It was his unwell thought out plan that caused it. If he had thought of the consequences of marrying them before hand, maybe he wouldn’t have rushed into it. Also, he should have anticipated what could go wrong in his plan for getting Juliet out of marrying Paris before giving her the potion. After he finds the lovers dead in the tomb, he still doesn’t take responsibility for his actions, but instead makes it seem like the chain of events that lead up to the lovers’ fatal demise was mere coincidence.
He deserved more than anyone else to be punished for their passing away because it was he who encouraged them to turn to deception, which led to their deaths. Friar Lawrence was unjustly left unpunished for his actions that led to the death of the two passionate lovers, Romeo and Juliet. One person that is unjustly punished is Romeo. He should never have been banished because Tybalt would have been killed anyways for killing Mercutio and he was just doing what the law would do anyways. Tybalt committed an unjust murder and Romeo just gave him what was coming to him.
Saying Romeo was unfair in his actions is just like saying that if the Prince had sentenced Tybalt to death on account of murder. His actions were both justified and fair. Romeo did not deserve the punishment that he was given. Another person that didn’t get a punishment that she deserved was the Nurse. She kept on giving Juliet romanticized ideas of Romeo instead of giving her solid advice. She should have warned of the possible consequences of disobeying her parents. She also helps the lovers secretly plan their edding. The Nurse is liable for everything that happened as an effect of Romeo and Juliet’s relationship because she was completely aware of what was going on an could have stopped it. Another reason she deserved a castigation was because she further confused, stressed, and depressed Juliet after being threatened to be disowned by her father by recommending that she marry Paris while knowing that she is already married to Romeo. This drives Juliet to take the sleeping potion, which leads to her death.
The Nurse is responsible for the decisions that Juliet makes throughout the play and therefore should be punished for bringing about her death. The Nurse is never reprimanded for the problems she causes, the blame for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet is never put on Friar Lawrence, and Romeo never deserves to be banished. These are all unjust occurrences that happen in the play. They all either don’t get the punishments they deserve and others get blamed for things that they are not responsible for. At the end of the play when the prince says, “All are punished,” he does not take them into account.
Author: Brandon Johnson
Romeo and Juliet Punishment
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A Diary Entry Written By Juliet After Romeo's Banishment From Verona
I am so angry my words cannot tell. Not just angry, upset as well and confused. I do not know what I shall do. After Romeo and I wed, I believed that eventually my love and I would be able to admit to my mother and father that we were wed yesterday afternoon, but now I can see that my hopes of this feud ending and my marriage being accepted will never come true.
Romeo hath fled to Mantua, after he slew Tybalt, he fled so as not to be himself slain, for Prince hath said if either Capulet or Montague disturb Verona's streets again " Your lives shall pay the forfeit of peace". I could not see the peace if both my coz Tybalt and my love Romeo were dead.
I thought that my father might accept my marriage because of his love for me, but he is so angry with me now that it is hard to tell if he even doth love me. He certainly would not accept Romeo now for he hath slain Tybalt. Tybalt's death is not the reason my father is angry. My mother came to tell me that she had joyful news. Hardly joyful for me, it just makes another complication for me. She announced that I was to marry Paris early next Thursday morn.
I cannot marry Paris for I am already wed to Romeo. I told my mother that " I will not marry yet; and, when I do, I swear, it shall be Romeo, whom you know I hate, rather than Paris". I asked of her to inform my father but my father was near and she told me to tell him so myself. When I did my father was convinced that I was...
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