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What event, in the play, is most important in leading Romeo and Juliet to their deaths?

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What event, in the play, is most important in leading Romeo and Juliet to their deaths? An important factor affecting Romeo & Juliet's death, which is portrayed strongly in many parts of the play, is an element of bad luck & the mysterious concept of fate. The play progresses around the idea that their deaths are destined: 'Star crossed lovers take their lives'. This quote suggests that Romeo & Juliet's deaths are written in the stars (stars are thought to predict the future), thus implying an element of fate, showing the course towards their deaths to be mapped out. An element of bad luck is what practically pushes them to their deaths. Extremely unlucky events occur, working against the strained relationship of Romeo and Juliet. It's a long chain of unlucky events, which push the doomed couple further, and further towards their deaths. E.g. The incident where Romeo fatally drinks poison is a result of the Friars plans which intended to free her from marrying Parris and allow her to continue her long-suffered relationship with Romeo. It was Capulet's attempts to force her into marriage with Parris, which led her to turn to the Friar for help. ...read more.


This implies that he would disown her if she refused to marry Parris. Capulet also spoke as though he would force her to marry Parris even if she refused: 'Go with Parris to Saint Peter's Church: Or I will drag thee on a hurdle thither.' This triggered the fatal situation in which Juliet acquired a sleeping potion from Friar Lawrence (in order to avoid marrying Parris). As we know, the plan which involved this sleeping potion went awry and ended up with the deaths of both Romeo and Juliet. One of the most important factors that pushed Romeo and Juliet to their deaths, is the primary reason why they had to fight to keep their relationship alive and is what makes for the main essence of the story: the fued between the two families. It is fair to say that if the two families were not enemies, Romeo and Juliet almost certainly would not have died, as it was the feud that made Romeo and Juliet's marriage doomed. None of the key events leading up to their deaths e.g. Romeo killing Tybalt, Capulet forcing Juliet to marry Parris, etc. ...read more.


Romeo and Juliet may not have married it if were not for nurse and then the awful situations (where Romeo and Juliet had to keep their marriage secret under difficult circumstances) would not have happened. Also Friar Lawrence was responsible for Romeo and Juliet's marriage as he carried it out.When Juliet took the sleeping potion and was unconscious, Lawrence's message that Juliet was alive did not reach Romeo in time. This caused Romeo to kill himself. Romeo's friend was partly responsible for Romeo killing himself as he gave Romeo a false message that Juliet was dead. I conclude that the family feud was the most responsible factor for Romeo and Juliet's death as everything that turned against the two lovers in the play boiled down to the feud. The family feud creates the purpose to their story. Romeo and Juliet's relationship would not have been doomed and they would have happily been able to carry out their relationship if it were not for the plot-based, essential factor of the feud between the two families. Every event that contributed to Romeos death are like the matter in space that form planets But like the big bang creating the universe, it was the concept of the two enemies families that was the first cause of all that occurred within the plot of Romeo and Juliet. ...read more.

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