In William Shakespeareâ€™s â€œRomeo and Julietâ€, Prince Escalus exclaims at the end; â€œAll are Punished.â€ Is this true? Montague and Capulet have certainly committed a crime of upholding an ancient grudge that has claimed many lives.
The Friars crime was to run away from a suiciding person and also to mastermind Romeo and Julietâ€™s wedding and plans to run away, which eventually lead to the death of Romeo and Juliet. Even the main characters, who are painted as innocent and saint-like, have committed crimes punishable by the law. We know that the main characters have committed the crime, but do they all serve the time. The paragraphs below explain if they do.The crime which Montague and Capulet committed was that they were fighting with each other.
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The reason for which they started fighting is uncertain. The hatred they feel towards each other filters down to their family members and servants. Gregory exclaims in the first scene, â€œThe quarrel is between our masters, and us their men.â€ (Act 1, sc (i) line 19).
He is saying that how their masters fight is also theirs. Since Montage and Capulet committed atrocious crimes, god found a way to punish them both. The way in which he punished Capulet is first he killed off Tybault, and then he took his daughter Juliet, along with her proposed suitor, County Paris. Montague is emotionally destroyed when his only son, Romeo is banished from Verona, the same day that Benvolio breathed his last. . This upsets his wife so much that night after Romeo was banished, she slept, never to wake up again.
The next day, he learns that his son, Romeo, has committed suicide, which brings an end to the emotional punishment he will receive. Both Capulet and Montague committed a crime, and for these acts have received the appropriate punishment. The Friar is portrayed as an innocent person, who has committed no wrong doings, but this is not the case.
The Friars biggest mistake was to marry Romeo and Juliet without their parents consent. Although this is not a crime, it is morally wrong. The friar also committed a crime by trying to make Romeo and Juliet run away, but this plan ultimately leads to doom. He also abandoned Juliet when he heard that the watch were coming, and let her kill herself. Although the reason why he committed these wrong doings was to unite a family and save a couples life, what he did was wrong.
If the Friars last plan had worked, and Romeo and Juliet had got away, a lot more blood could have been spilt. This action could have caused both the families to move even further apart, strengthening their hatred for one another. There is no crime that the Friar has committed, therefore he cannot be punished by Prince Escalus. However, the Friar realisesthat he was part to blame for the death of Romeo and Juliet.
This is why he exclaims to the prince;Miscarried by my fault, let my old lifebe sacrificed, some hour before his time(Act 5, sc(iii) line 271-272)He is obviously aware of his wrongdoings, and the guilt that he feels is the punishment he shall receive for his part in the death of Romeo and Juliet.Romeo and Juliet.