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William Shakespeares Romeo and Juliet is a story of a series of occurrences which ultimately result in the tragic deaths of many These tragic occurrences can not be blamed on any one person or happening but instead on a number of actions which when combined led to the disastrous events which were to follow The Feud between Romeo and Juliets family the secrecy which resulted because of it and the fighting between the two families are all responsible Although there is not one single event which is soley responsible for all the terrible incidents the ancient grudge between the Capulet and Montague families played a very large role in causing this new hostility which From ancient grudge broke to new mutiny Prologue Chorus L3 Almost everything which happened can be related back in some way to this event It was this feud which in the first place caused Romeo and Juliet to wed in secret with only Juliets nurse and the Friar Laurence knowing and more importantly without their parents consent Romeo and Juliet were forced to hide their love as Romeo was a Montague and Juliet a Capulet and they were afraid of what their parents reaction would be This feud was also the reason for the fight between Tybalt a Capulet Mercutio Romeos friend and Romeo a Montague For years there had been great hatred and rivalry between the two families who at every opportunity fought each other Now however Romeo was reluctant to fight Tybalt for he was Juliets cousin and Mercutio fought him instead to honour the Montague name Mercutio lost this fight and was killed by Tybalt An enraged Romeo however avenged his friends death by killing Tybalt These two deaths were significant in what was to happen as this fight led to Romeos banishment from Verona This banishment meant that Romeo and Juliet would never see each other again and Juliet vowed that if she couldnt
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