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Some Shall Be Pardoned and Some Punishd Who is responsible for the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet There are many people involved in the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet but no one person is directly responsible The tragedy is initiated by Romeo and Juliet falling in love because fate has pre-destined their meeting All the other characters play a role in helping indirectly the scenes of misfortune take place If the feud had never taken place there would not be the hostility and rivalry between the two families Overall many things lead to the tragedy but there is no single person responsible The feud causes many problems arising in the play The prologue supports this when it predicts the forthcoming misfortune From ancient grudge break to new mutiny Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean the grudge mentioned means the basis of the feud The civil brawls mentioned are between Mercutio and Tybalt Romeo and Tybalt Paris and Romeo If the feud was not started by some grudge or disagreement between the Capulets and the Montagues a long time ago the six people deaths in the play would not arise At the end of the play he says Scourge is laid upon your hate That heaven finds mean to kill your joys with love In that extract the prince refers to heaven as a means of fate The fact is that the two families do not know what the feud is about because it has gone on so long The families have forgotten what the feud is about yet this does not stop the rivalry between the whole families Fate is a major contributor to the deaths in the play The future is predestined from the stars at the beginning in the prologue some characters are destined to die Doth with their death their death however ends any future deaths because the two families put the feud behind them and look to
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