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Aren’t your friends and family members
supposed to be the ones who consistently support you? Throughout Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, the adult characters do
not regard well or value Juliet’s decisions. Although some attribute fate to be
the cause of Juliet’s demise, the betrayal by her family and the people close
to her ultimately lead to her death which was avoidable. Juliet’s parents, Lady
Capulet and Capulet lack the ability to appreciate Juliet’s decision to not marry
Paris. The nurse disappoints Juliet by not being supportive of Juliet’s choice
to remain married to Romeo. The final character, Friar Lawrence does not
realize the affection that Juliet and Romeo have for one another. Whenever
Juliet relies on or seeks guidance from her family or friends, she is only
disappointed and betrayed.

Lady
Capulet, Juliet’s mother, is supposed to have a close relationship with her
daughter, and understands her more than all others. However, Juliet’s mother is
the first person who disappoints her. When Capulet decides that Juliet should
marry Paris in Act 3, “Marry, my child, early next Thursday morn/ The gallant,
young, and noble gentleman/ The County Paris, at Saint Peter’s Church/ Shall
happily make thee there a joyful bride” (3. 5. 112-15), Lady Capulet disregards
and does not support her daughter’s strong affections for Romeo. Another
instance of betrayal by Juliet’s mother is when she teaches Juliet to judge men
by their social rank, wealth and looks. She says this as she recommends Paris
to Juliet, who meets all three requirements in her eyes. Despite knowing that
Juliet has feelings for Romeo, who is neither rich or has a high social status,
she chooses someone based on her own desires, not her daughters. Although Lady
Capulet may be discounting Juliet’s feelings, Lord Capulet is the person from
whom she is taking orders. As Capulet decides to marry Juliet to Paris and she refuses
to do so, Capulet threatens to reject her, stating “…you shall not house with
me.” (3. 5. 200) Juliet’s parents do not respect the heartfelt marriage wishes
of their daughter which is a clear betrayal of Juliet’s desires.

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Juliet and
her nurse may have had a loving relationship at the beginning of the play,
however when Juliet needs her most, after her parents force her to marry Paris,
the Nurse betrays her. The Nurse does not back Juliet’s decisions to not marry Paris.

Instead of encouraging Juliet’s affection for Romeo, the Nurse instead inputs,
“I think it is best you marry the county…for it excels your first
marriage.” (3. 5. 230, 34) The Nurse’s betrayal triggers Juliet to meet
with the Friar with the intention to commit suicide if he is unable to help her­
­– “I’ll to the Friar to know his remedy/If
all else fails myself have the power to die.” (3. 5. 254-55) Juliet’s
nurse attempts to persuade Juliet away from her young love, only because she
does not want to risk losing Juliet to an indeterminate future once the two
lovers escape to Mantua. Her selfishness risked having Juliet marry a man she
never loved, an extreme case of betrayal. Another aspect to the Nurse’s
disloyalty to Juliet involved the death of Tybalt. The nurse was very fond of
Romeo’s rival, Tybalt, and so after Romeo killed him, the Nurse lost all regard
for Romeo and was against Juliet marrying him, despite what Juliet desired.

Friar
Lawrence is the final person to deceive Juliet and whose betrayal most directly
leads Juliet to her death. He fails to appreciate Romeo and Juliet’s love for
each other. He believes that due to Romeo being fairly quick to overcome his
affection for Rosaline, his new-found love for Juliet is going to be rather
short-lived. He advises Romeo, “Wisely and slow/They stumble that run fast.”
(2. 4. 101), however he is mistaken, and does not whole- heartedly believe that
these young lovers should wed. In addition, he has an ulterior motive: in his
perspective, he supposes that by marrying Romeo and Juliet the long-lasting
feud between the Montague and Capulet families could heal. Later in the play,
when the Friar was down in the Tomb with Juliet–who was distressed about
Romeo’s death–he had the ability to save her life. However, instead of waiting
with Juliet and comforting her, in fear of the Watch coming, Friar Lawrence
betrays her by leaving the tomb, “Come, go, good Juliet. I dare no longer
stay.” (5. 3. 164). Overall, the Friar betrays Juliet by underestimating her
love for Romeo as well due to his own self–interest. As a result, Juliet
commits suicide.

As
demonstrated throughout the play, many characters individually and cumulatively
contributed to the death of Juliet. Whether it was due to promotion of
self-interests or disregard of Juliet’s feelings, it was the self-centered and
self-serving betrayals of Juliet and her feelings for Romeo that were the
ultimate causes that led to her demise, not fate! Lady Capulet and Capulet failure
to appreciate Juliet’s choice to not marry Paris. The nurse lets Juliet down by
not being encouraging of Juliet’s decisions to marry Romeo. Finally, Friar
Lawrence undermines the affection that Juliet and Romeo have for one another
and he fails her when she needs him most. No matter how close a person may be
to another, when he or she needs that person, people fail to realize how essential
their help and support is. When they are guided by their own interests and prejudices
instead of the needs of the individual, it is a betrayal that can change a life
and death outcome.