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What was the most powerful factor that contributed to the deaths of Romeo and Juliet?

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What was the most powerful factor that contributed to the deaths of Romeo and Juliet? There are a number of factors that contributed to the deaths of Romeo and Juliet: the characters actions, coincidence, choice and fate. The actions of characters in the play contributed to the death of Romeo and Juliet. The first example of this is Romeo attending the banquet at the Capulet's: 'Nay, gentle Romeo, we must have you dance' Mercutio was invited to the Party, but Romeo was not as he was a Montague and the Capulet's and Montague's did not get on with each other. Romeo went to the party unwillingly as Mercutio coerced him into going. Mercutio wanted to cheer Romeo up and he hoped a bit of light entertainment would make Romeo less melancholy. At the ball the coincidence of Romeo seeing Juliet and falling in love with her occurred. The first moment Romeo saw Juliet he fell in love with her: 'O she doth teach the torches to burn bright!' The fact that Romeo had fallen in love with Juliet would play a key role in both his and Juliet's death as it sparked a number of different events; for example it caused the couple to be married, and it also angered Tybalt resulting in Romeo killing Tybalt. ...read more.

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This is another key factor that leads to the deaths of Romeo and Juliet: 'She shall be married to this noble earl' This happened purely by chance, Juliet is told that she has no choice in the matter of whether she marries Paris as her father is forcing her to do so: 'I'll ne'er acknowledge thee' Her father is saying that he will disown Juliet if she does not marry Paris. This puts a lot of pressure on Juliet, the nurse and Friar Lawrence as he cannot marry another person to Juliet, and Juliet has gone behind her fathers back and married Romeo. Juliet is going on the backing of the Nurse. If her father had found out about the marriage of Romeo to Juliet then he would have also disowned her for marrying a foe. Then the Nurse advises Juliet to marry Paris to appease her Father. This is good advice from the nurse and if Juliet had followed the advice she would not have died: 'Marry, I will, and this is wisely done' Juliet merely agrees with the Nurse to keep her happy but all the time Juliet is hoping to solve her problem another way. ...read more.

Conclusion

Romeo also dreamt that Juliet found him dead: 'I dreamt my lady came and found me dead' Later on in the play this event occurs and therefore this seems to be a premonition. This is a hint to the reader that Romeo would die in the tomb and Romeo fulfils this prophecy. But I don't think that these events however unusual they are contribute to the deaths of Romeo and Juliet, they are just a strange coincidence. After this analysis of the events that contributed to the deaths of both Romeo and Juliet I can see that there are a number of main factors; Mercutio, Friar Lawrence, choice and coincidence. From what I can see there is no main factor that contributed to the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. All the factors are intermingled with each other and when one factor occurs it sparked another chain of events which ultimately lead to the deaths of both Romeo and Juliet. Therefore I think that the 'star crossed lovers' had been brought to their deaths because of their love and passion for each other and their unwillingness to be parted even in death. ?? ?? ?? ?? Miles Beardsley Field ...read more.

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