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A plague on both your houses I am spedIIIi90 For as long as William Shakespeares play Romeo and Juliet has been studied people have argued over who or what is responsible for the tragic conclusion However from his first appearance to his death quoted above evidence proves that Mercutio is the main cause Although he curses both the Montague and Capulet families at the time of his death his curse does no real harm On the other hand his actions before he is killed have a profound effect on those close to him and those effects ripple out to those even further away Mercutio is Romeos best friend and not a member of either of the feuding families An examination of Mercutios hatred for the sacrament of marriage and his views of women his over-active imagination and his explosive nature will clearly prove he is responsible for the tragic demise of Romeo and Juliet Like many people in Verona Mercutio has a distorted view of marriage and to a greater extent love In fact he says If love be rough with you be rough with love Prick love for pricking and you beat love downIiv27-28 This shows how he feels about love he hates it He thinks women are merely objects of lust and he proves this by teasing Romeo about wanting to marry Rosaline Further proof of this can be seen in Act 2 Scene 2 when Mercutio and Benvolio tease Romeo who is hidden on the other side of the wall about falling in love so easily His hatred for love and marriage can be summed up with this statement Alas poor Romeo he is already dead Stabbed with a white wenchs black eye run through the ear with a love-song the very pin of his heart cleft with the blind bow-boys butt-shaft And is he a man to meet TybaltIIiv13-17 He thinks love is a disease and something that will weaken any
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