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Tybalt is an agent of the tragedy.

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Tybalt is an agent of the tragedy. The tragedy was always going to happen because the two lovers were 'star-crossed' and were always going to end in a tragic manner. We know this because of the prologue and we know it because that is what happens in tragedies. Tybalt is Juliet's favourite cousin and he is also a prominent member of the Capulet gang which regularly fights the Montague gang. It is inevitable that Romeo should fight Tybalt after Tybalt kills Mercutio, one of Romeo's best friends who was killed protecting Romeo's good name. Romeo unwittingly caused his best friend's death, so he felt that he had to kill Tybalt in an act of revenge. Tybalt, however, was one of Juliet's favourite cousins and when she finds out who killed him, she nearly changes her mind about Romeo. However, as soon as the Nurse begins to criticise Romeo, she changes her mind and the tragedy really begins where the two lovers kill themselves. ...read more.


There are several references in the play that suggest that the deaths are the result of divine workings. In Act 5 scene 3 the Friar says to Juliet: "A greater power than we can contradict hath thwarted our intents." He is suggesting that the events are beyond human control. Later, when telling the Prince about what happened, he repeats this idea by saying: "I entreated her come forth and bear this work of heaven with patience." The Prince also supports this notion when speaking to Romeo and Juliet's parents: "Heaven finds means to kill your joys with love." The Prince seems to be implying that the families have been punished because of their feuding. It would of course be possible to argue that the events of the play also turn on chance and wrong turnings. However, I hope that the above points will add to the arguments that you have already constructed for your assignment. ...read more.


But the lark is also an innocent, beautiful, natural creature and a reminder that she is too, and Romeo also, and that their forthcoming deaths (which we know already, from the Prologue) are to be all the more unnatural. The rest of the story you doubtless know: Juliet's plan to take a sleeping pill for forty-eight hours and then escape to Mantua backfires. Romeo gets a message to say she's dead, kills himself just a few terrible seconds before Juliet wakes up, as happy as during her night of passion with Romeo, to find her lover's dead body next to her, in the cold tomb to which she had been taken. A fine play, and portrait of 'young love struck down' - enjoy it! This answer is posted on behalf of Fee. "Star-crossed" is a phrase that comes from the prologue to Romeo and Juliet. It literally means not favoured by the stars, or unfortunate. This is the first sign we have that the actions of the characters may be controlled by fate or the stars. ...read more.

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