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Everyone and everything is to blame for the tragedy in Romeo and Juliet from luck to the feud between the families to even the Friar and Nurse But none of these would be at fault if it wasnt for that one factor that was the basis of the play fate This becomes apparent during the Prologue when the Chorus even says that A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life I i 6 This means that the stars already determine their fates and even if there wasnt a feud theres nothing that they could do about it to avoid a tragic ending Throughout the play Romeo and Juliets fates are shown by way of bad luck and coincidence One obvious coincidence is how their love couldnt work because they belonged to enemy families but happened anyway The first sign of coincidence is when the Servingman runs into Romeo and asks him if he could read the names of the people invited to the masked banquet because the Servingman didnt know how to read Obviously the chances of the Servingman running into Romeo are slim and the fact that it was a masked banquet only made it easier for the Montagues to sneak in without being caught Romeo saw Roslines name on the list so he decided to go to the banquet where he will meet Juliet In Act III Mercutio doesnt act usual to himself but rather wants to fight and provokes Tybalt Mercutios death starts a chain reaction because Romeo then kills Tybalt in revenge for Mercutio and gets banished from Verona by the Prince If it werent for Mercutio Romeo and Juliets fates probably wouldnt turn out to be so tragic Mercutios death was just the beginning of the tragedy in the play He foreshadowed the Montagues and Capulets fates when he said A plague o both your houses III i 111 and near the end Friar John wasnt able to deliver the
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