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The Tragic Downfall of Romeo and Juliet

Summary: Fate and circumstance conspire toward the death of Romeo and Julet in William Shakespeare's classic play. The couple's naivete and immaturity play a role as well as other characters' actions.
"For never was there a story of more woe/ Than this of Juliet and her Romeo" (5.3.309-310). In the play, The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare, many factors contribute to the demise of Romeo and Juliet. Romeo and Juliet's disastrous ending is influenced by their own actions, fate and circumstance, and other characters' actions.

Romeo and Juliet contribute to their own deaths with their actions. They are just two "star-crossed lovers" (Pro.6) who don't know much about the world. Juliet is fourteen in "a fortnight and odd days" (1.3.15) when the play begins. Romeo is a variable young man. They themselves contribute to their tragic end just by doing simple things. Romeo "[stands] on sudden haste" (2.3.93), meaning he rushes into things and doesn't quite think them through. Juliet is obedient and naïve, so she follows Romeo's lead. She has never...

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