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Nick Fajardo
Mr. King
English 1
11 December 2014
Blame Game
“Great achievement is usually born of great sacrifice, and is never the result of
selfishness”- Napoleon Hill. It is because of self-indulgence that Romeo and Juliet killed
themselves. Self-centered Lord Capulet was the main cause of the catastrophe. Although
Mercutio and Benvolio were one of the many branches involved in the star’ crossed
lovers tragedy, Lord Capulet is at the root of the calamity because his self-interest and
stubbornness stopped him from doing what was best for his daughter.
Lord Capulet is too blame for the murders because of Act 1-Scene 2-Lines 34-37
“Go sirrah, trudge about Through fair Verona; find those persons out…”. Lord Capulet is
telling a servant, who does not know how to read, to invite the people, whose names are
on the list, to a party. Lord Capulet is only thinking about himself and not even taking
into account that the servant is illiterate which forces the servant to ask Romeo how to
read the letter. In Act 1-Scene 2-Lines 15-20 “But woo her, gentle Paris, get her heart;”
Lord Capulet tells Paris to marry Juliet even though they have not met. Lord Capulet does
not consider Juliet’s feelings and only wants Paris to marry her so he can be part of the
royal bloodline and be more prestigious than the Montagues. In Act 3-Scene 5-Lines 142146, 150-157, 161-169 “Hang thee, young baggage! Disobedient wretch!” Lord Capulet
yells at Juliet for not wanting to marry Paris even though he only thought about himself

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when allowing Paris to marry Juliet. With the help of others Lord Capulet was able to
turn Romeo and Juliet’s world into a whirlpool of disaster.
Mercutio made cupid’s job easier based on Act 1-Scene 4-Line 13 “Nay gentle
Romeo, we must have you dance. Although Romeo didn’t want to dance at the party
Mercutio kept persuading him too. If not convinced by Mercutio to join the party Romeo
would still be crying over Rosaline and may have never met Juliet who was his ultimate
downfall.
Benvolio may also be responsible for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. Based on
Act 1-Scene 2-Lines 84-89 and 96-101 “But in that crystal scales let there be weighed
Your lady’s love against some other maid” Benvolio was trying to make Romeo go to the
Capulet party so Romeo could forget about Rosaline and find a new lover. If Lord
Capulet had known the servant could not read Romeo would not know a single fact about
the Capulet party.
By being self-centered and inconsiderate Lord Capulet destroyed Juliet’s love life
forcing her to desperate measures causing the two young lovebirds to take their own
lives. Lord Capulet may have not been only responsible for Romeo and Juliet’s deaths
but for Tybalt’s, Mercutio’s, and Paris’ demise. Mercutio and Benvolio may have
poisoned Romeo by persuading him to go the party but Lord Capulet was the dagger that
delivered the biggest blow.