The Dangerous Roles In William Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet

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Imagine how different the plot would have been in William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet if there was no hatred between the Capulets and Montagues. Unfortunately, the young lovers reside in a society made hostile by the “ancient grudge” between their parents. Capulet and Montague are clearly responsible for the various deaths in the play. Risky actions, the confidential marriage and the brawls were all caused because of the feud between Capulet and Montague. In the play, Friar Lawrence made a risky action by marrying Romeo and Juliet. This was a dangerous action because the families had a lot of trust in him as a priest, there was not parental approval in the marriage, Romeo and Juliet are supposed to be enemies and Juliet was already matched …show more content…
In act one, servants from both sides of the houses get into a brawl only because they hate each other. Tybalt then enters the fight and says “... What, drawn, and talk of peace? I hate the word/ As I hate hell, all Montagues, and thee” (1.1.61). Tybalt refuses to help Benvolio stop the fight between the servants, expresses his hate towards the Montagues and fights Benvolio. This shows how much of an influence Capulet and Montague add towards their citizens. Their servants fight just for the sake that their leaders hate each other and they don’t even know why. In addition, Capulet and Montague are also to blame for Tybalt and Mercutio’s brawl because they still continue the family conflict. If Capulet and Montague listened to the Prince’s words after the street fight and reunited, Tybalt would not have a reason to feel angered and insulted by Romeo’s presence at Capulet’s party. Tybalt says “What dares the slave/ Come hither, cover’d with an antic face, / To fleer and scorn at our solemnity?” (1.5.57-59). At this scene, Tybalt believes Romeo has come to his uncle’s party to show his contempt towards the Capulets and mock them because Romeo is a Montague and isn’t supposed to be at the party. He then sends a challenge letter to Romeo which then results in Mercutio fighting him instead. When Tybalt stabs Mercutio, Mercutio says “A plague on both your houses!” (3.1.101). At this point, Mercutio is wounded and in pain. He got in the fight between Tybalt and Romeo so he was cursing their families, Capulet and Montagues. The only reason Mercutio got stabbed was because of the feud. It was the feud’s fault because Tybalt only fights Romeo because they’re enemies; he only hates him because he is a

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