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In this essay I will display that the tragedy of the two lovers Romeo and Juliet was caused not so much by their own flaws as outside influences or forces In most other Shakespearean tragedies the tragedy occurs because of certain faults in the characters personalities but in Romeo and Juliet the tragedy is caused by circumstances beyond Romeo and Juliets control rather than their own flaws Numerous circumstances in the play led to the death of Romeo and Juliet indicating that it was their fate to die maybe to finally resolve the ongoing feud between their two families As quoted by Romeo O I am fortunes fool ACT THREE Scene 1 137 this is telling us that the characters in the play are being played by fortune People in the time of Shakespeare believed in fate and destiny and they believed they could not do anything to change their fate which was mapped out by the Gods The first outside influence that affected the lives of Romeo and Juliet was that both were born the offspring of two enemy houses My only lone sprung from my only hate ACT ONE Scene 5 138 For this reason they were unable to share the radiance of love with any members of their family and had to have a secret relationship This proved to be harder than they could have ever imagined and became progressively more complicated and hard Probably the biggest and most disastrous influence in this masterpiece was the death of Mercutio which in turn led to the death of Tybalt and later Romeos banishment If Mercutio had not provoked Tybalt the fight would have not broken out and Tybalt would have not killed Mercutio at that crucial time Romeo would have not avenged Mercutios death and killed Tybalt who was unaware to Tybalt his cousin-in-law Romeo was forced to kill Tybalt as in that time it would have been expected to avenge Mercutios death
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