Catastrophes that Plagued the Characters in Romeo and Juliet

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Catastrophes that Plagued Characters in

Romeo and Juliet

Many characters in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet invite the catastrophes

they experience. These characters are Mercutio, Romeo, and Friar Laurence. Mercutio

because he never thinks before he acts. He has a very big mouth and will say anything to

create a joke. Romeo because of this fight with Tybalt. If this fight never occurred then

the outcome of the story could have been better for Romeo and Juliet. Maybe there

families could have set aside their differences for there children and live the rest of there

lives in harmony. Friar Lawrence because I do not think he thought about the plan to

unite Romeo and Juliet long enough. He should have gotten a reliable messenger to

inform Romeo of the situation.

Romeo's friend Mercutio was a very witty energetic man. If he held his tongue

and thought about what he said before acting on them he would not have gotten into so

many fights.

His jokes were probably taken lightly be his friends Romeo and Benvolio

because they were accustomed to hearing Mercutio's voice constantly. Mercutio should

not have tried to tease Tybalt because of the rivalry between Tybalt's family and Romeo's


While avenging Mercutio, Romeo should have thought about the consequences of

slaying Tybalt. On one hand he filled the urge to kill the man who had killed his friend.

On the other hand he killed his wife's cousin. How can one justify killing a member of

their wife's family? Another consequence he should have taken into consideration was the

punishment he was going to receive from Price Escalus. In act one scene one Prince

Escalus already warned everyone in Verona that if anyone was caught fighting again the

would pay for it with there...