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In the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare we see the idea of human ignorance Characters who act without full information often trigger the tragic events In Romeo and Juliet there are a number of examples of human ignorance which hasten the central tragedy the death of both Romeo and Juliet One example of human ignorance is the fight between Romeo and Tybalt that ends in Tybalts death Another example of ignorance is Lord Capulet pushing Juliet to marry Paris after Tybalts death Finally in Act 5 we see an example of Romeo acting on incomplete information when he drinks the poison he obtained from the apothecary All of these events hasten the central tragedy One act of ignorance occurs along with the death of Tybalt His death was caused by a lack of information and also because of his hot temper Mercutio and Benvolio were talking on a street corner in Verona when Tybalt shows up Tybalt tests Mercutios temper as a friend Then Romeo enters and Tybalt challenges him to a duel Not knowing that they are now cousins Romeo refuses to fight him and instead wishes him well Mercutio is angered by his friends reply draws his sword and duels with Tybalt Romeo intervenes but this gives Tybalt the chance to stab Mercutio under Romeos arm Mercutio is mortally wounded and curses the Capulet and the Montague families with a plague on both houses When Benvolio returned with the news of Mercutios death Romeo said This days black fate on mo days doth depend This but begins the woe the others must end 31105-106 By this Romeo means that darker days are to follow and that Mercutios death is just the beginning of the sorrow that will later arrive Romeo is right for when Tybalt returns he is slain by Romeo The Prince then bans Romeo from the city of Verona This leads to the central tragedy because the Friar
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