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What factors make Romeo and Juliet a tragedy?

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What factors make Romeo and Juliet a tragedy? 'Romeo and Juliet' is an inheritable tragedy written by William Shakespeare. A tragedy is alleged to be unexpected, shattering and unpredicted. It results in catastrophe, heartbreak and moreover misfortune. 'Romeo and Juliet' is a very well known tragedy and is one of Shakespeare's most famous love stories. The story is about two young lovers whose love was destined and fatal. They did not imagine that their love would lead to the tragedies that it did. These two young people did nothing wrong except fall in love. There are many reasons for why the tragedy occurred. The feud between the Capulet and the Montague is largely responsible for it. However, there are a number of factors or characters that may be considered responsible such as time, love, fate and destiny, secondary characters and feuding families. Hello my name is Fate Romeo and Juliet are star-crossed lovers that fate brought together only to tear them apart. The prologue at the beginning of the play suggests it was mainly fate that was to blame, "star-cross'd lovers and "death-mark'd love." Throughout the play, fate seems to be the main point of focus. Romeo was a young teenager of the Montague's that always fell in love, his easily persuaded mind and his unique romantic charm lead him in falling in love with someone who he knew he could not be with: "My love is the daughter of my sworn enemy." His love for Rosaline would have been the only escape to an unfortunate fate if it was strong as Romeo first suggested:" Not having that which having makes them short." The turning point for Romeo seemed to be when he killed Tybalt almost if fate was unavoidable leaving only the illusion of choice; he began to then blame his fate on misfortune: "O I am fortunes fool" The death of Tybalt seemed to be Romeo's worst choice and he knew it. ...read more.

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He also urges Romeo to leave the scene of the fighting as he has a good idea of the Prince's reaction, the prince enters the scene after the deaths of Mercutio and Tybalt, he shouts angrily, "Romeo slew him; he slew Mercutio. Who now the price of his dear blood doth owe?" (Act 3 Scene 1) I think Benvolio is not at all to blame, if anything he actually tried to help the situation; he is a peacemaker. Tybalt is a hot tempered and aggressive person. His view of the Montague's and his part in the play is summed up in one sentence "What, drawn and talk of peace! I hate the word /as I hate hell, all Montague's and thee" (Act 1 Scene 1). Again at the ball when he overhears Romeo he is angered and looks for his sword but is luckily stopped. Tybalt is always looking for trouble and will not back off, he tries to make fun of Romeo by saying things like, "Romeo, the love I bear thy can afford No better term than this - thou art a villain." (Act 3 Scene 1) Lastly, he challenges Romeo to a duel. Mercutio steps in but Tybalt is happy to fight him as well. Romeo attempts to sort out the situation peacefully but Tybalt is uninterested. In his anger over the death of his dear friend Mercutio, Romeo takes revenge and in his anger kills Tybalt. I think Tybalt should take some blame in the tragedy as it was his actions that killed Mercutio which in turn led to his own death and Romeo's banishment. Mercutio is a lively character who tries to resolve Romeo's problems and advise him in a light-hearted way, he says to Romeo, "Thy wit is a very bitter sweeting; it is a most sharp sauce." He is loyal to Romeo in the way he steps in when Tybalt challenges Romeo. ...read more.

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If their parent's had not been feuding and would understand them. The outcome of this story may have been different, although fate could not be changed. The murderer in the case of Romeo and Juliet was, over all, fate. Because it is truly a tragic story. I don't think one person could be blamed for the entire tragedy. If I were to choose the character that had the greatest influence it would be Friar Lawrence. Friar Lawrence was the first adult to find out Romeo's plans to marry Juliet after meeting her only once, and yet he told no one about the dubious plans of the two teenagers. Romeo came to the Friar after his first encounter with Juliet. Romeo told Friar that he was in love with Juliet. If Friar had really been a spiritual and moral role model he would have told Romeo that he should slow down the relationship with Juliet. Instead of telling Romeo to slow down, he encouraged the two na�ve youths to continue their relationship. Many would say that Friar Lawrence's intentions were for the best. I find that hard to believe. He was playing with the lives of the two lovers and he knew it. He gave Juliet a potion to make her family believe that she was dead. Friar gave Juliet the potion because he was scared that Capulet would find out his daughter was married to Romeo. Romeo is the son of Montague, the enemy of Capulet. Friar did not admit his guilt until the very end of the play. He finally realized that several people had died because of his ignorance. Mercutio, Tybalt, Paris, Romeo and Juliet all died because Friar Lawrence refused to tell Romeo to slow down. Although Friar did not actually kill these people, he was responsible for their deaths. I do not think fate played a part in the play as there were too many mistakes made by the main characters. In my opinion, even though Friar killed no one, he is to blame for The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet. By Hitiksha Patel ...read more.

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