The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

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In The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, the unfortunate events, and ultimately the untimely deaths of the main characters are caused by the feuding of the Montagues and the Capulets. They are at fault because they are constantly fighting with each other both physically and verbally. The feud prevents Romeo from asking Juliet to marry him with their parent’s knowledge. Their parents’ fighting also encouraged Romeo and Juliet to do some pretty risky things so that they can still see each other! The Montagues and Capulets are seen fighting from the very beginning and are constantly fighting with each other throughout the rest of the play. The first act opens with Gregory and Sampson discussing their hatred for the Montagues. They make it very clear to everyone that they are very protective of the Capulet’s name. Then Gregory and Sampson see a couple of Lord Montague’s servants. The devise a plan to get a fight out of the servants without breaking the law. They bite their thumbs at the two, which in their day and age was the equivalent of flipping someone off today. Gregory tells Sampson to say that his master is better than those of the servants’. “Say ‘Better’ here comes one of my master’s kinsmen.” [1.1.58] The sworn hatred between the two families provokes the unfortunate fighting between the two houses, both verbally and physically. The next example of the feud’s role in the unfortunate events in The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet is seen when Romeo goes to the party

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