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In the play The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare depicts the story of how Romeo and Juliet struggle to stay together despite the fact that they are from rival houses. He also demonstrates a common human error, rather than fate, lead to their demise. The characters’ lack of consideration for possible negative consequences of their good intentions not only caused the meeting of the two forbidden lovers and the failures of their plans, but also their death.
Romeo’s decision to go to the Capulets’ party helps start this tragedy. When he was confronted by one of Capulet’s serving men and asked to read a party invitation, he sees his former love’s name, Rosaline, on it. Overcome by temptations, he and his friend Mercutio decide to sneak into the party, even though they are forbidden to go because they are Montagues. During the party, Tybalt, a kinsman of Lord Capulet, recognizes Romeo as an enemy, and becomes angered at his presence, saying that he “will withdraw, but this intrusion, shall, now seeming sweet, convert to bitt’rest gall”(I,v,102-103). While Tybalt will tolerate Romeo’s presence at the party, he predicts that something unpleasant will happen to him. Romeo, only wanting to see a girl he loves, inadvertently causes Tybalt to despise him. In addition to strengthening the feud between the two houses, Romeo also meets Juliet during this party and they fall in love, but after being separated by the nurse, they each realize that their love is impossible due to their families’ dispute. Upon realizing that Romeo is a Montague, Juliet exclaims, “My only love sprung from my only hate! Too early seen unknown, and known too late!”(I, v, 151-152). Juliet immediately recognizes the conflict that Romeo has caused...

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...lips and in [her] cheeks”(V.iii.94-95). Despite some evidence that Juliet is not in fact dead, but regaining consciousness, he proceeds to kill himself, thinking only of the best possible situation, that he will join Juliet in heaven. However, by ignoring other possibilities, he causes Juliet commit suicide when she wakes up.
Throughout the play, Shakespeare shows how a person’s mistakes, instead of destiny, can direct them towards success or failure. Many characters try to help others or themselves and mean no harm, but all the unintended mistakes cause the tragedy. Shakespeare’s portrayal of the meeting of Romeo and Juliet, the failure of the plans, and their death prove that one’s actions can influence the future. People, when performing risky actions to attempt to assist others, should always consider not only positive effects, but also what can go wrong.
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