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The Actions And Consequences In “Romeo And Juliet”

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“O gentle Romeo, if thou dost love, pronounce it faithfully. Lady, by yonder blessÐ"Ёd moon I vow, that tips with silver all these fruit-tree tops.” Were these the words that led to the death of Romeo and Juliet, but the treaty between the Montagues and Capulets? There were many decisions in the story that led to the downfall and deaths of many different characters of the novel.

Friar Lawrence plays a huge part in the tragic deaths of the teenagers. He offers his help to Juliet, thinking he maybe could give her some hope. He offered her poison to fake her death which solves her fear of marrying Paris. He did not take careful consideration of the chances that things will not turn out the way he expected. Friar Lawrence trusted Friar John to deliver the letter informing Romeo of Juliet’s fake death. Friar John did not realize the urgency of the letter, therefore, not arriving in time to hand the letter to Romeo. If Friar Lawrence had thought about what would happen if Romeo didn’t receive the message in time, he probably would have taken better precautions. Friar Lawrence’s careless and not well thought out decisions played a huge role in the death of the teenagers that could have been easily prevented.

Tybalt plays a major role on how the story is affected by his actions. He is a short tempered man who loves to instigate, which eventually leads him to his death. Tybalt was fighting with Mercutio when Romeo comes in to break up the fight. The result of Romeo stopping Mercutio, is Tybalt accidently stabs Mercutio in the chest. In fear of getting banished Tybalt flees the scene and Romeo chases after him in a fit of anger. Romeo and Tybalt fight, and Romeo quickly kills him and then flees. When the prince arrives his ruling was to banish Romeo from the city, and this causing a disturbance in Romeo’s plan to get married. Romeo being banished brings up another problem, communication between Romeo and Juliet would be limited, because the distance is so great. This problem of



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