The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet

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In the play Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare there are many occurrences that lead to tragic events. Many people caused or had a part in the tragedy in this play. One example is, Mercutio cursed the two houses before he died and the result was Friar John never sent Romeo the letter with the plan of faking Juliet’s death. These tragedies help shape the plot of the play. One tragic event will start a chain reaction that will lead to another tragic event. According to Matthew J. Bolton, Mercutio was a big cause to many tragic events that took place.
“Going to find a barefoot brother out, One of our order, to associate me, Here in this city visiting the sick, And find him, the searchers of the town, Suspecting that we both were in a house where the infectious pestilence did reign, seal’d up the doors and would not let us forth; so that my speed to Mantua there was stay’d. (V, ii, 5-12.)”
When Mercutio put a curse on the two families’ right before he died, it affected Friar Jon and the delivering of the letter that had Juliet’s plan on it, to fake her own death.
“Mercutio’s dying words may constitute a curse or a spell that visits a plague upon the house at which Friar John had stopped and through a chain of causation, upon the houses of the Montague’s and the Capulet’s. (Bolton, Matthew J. "Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet." The Explicator 63.4 (2005): 208+. General OneFile. Web. 28 Mar. 2014.)”
Since the letter never got delivered to Romeo he was not aware of this plan and took
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