In your opinion, what is most responsible for the tragedy in Romeo and Juliet?

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There are three key areas that we can look at to see what factors were most responsible for the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet. These are Fate and Destiny, Circumstances and Characters. These factors should cover the broad spectrum of causes and factors that contribute and perhaps be the most influential in the culmination of the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet.

The first group of factors that I am going to look at is the interference of Fate and Destiny. An example of Fate and Destiny playing a part in the tragedy is in Act 1 Scene 2 Lines 72-87 where Benvolio suggests to Romeo that they go and gate crash the Capulet masked ball

ROMEO: "A fair assembly: Whither should they come?


ROMEO: Wither? To supper?


BEVOLIO: At this same ancient feast of Capulets's

Sups the fair Rosaline whom thou so loves,

With all the admiréd beauties of Verona:

Go thither, and with unattainted eye

Compare her face with some that I shall show,

And I will make thee think they swan a crow".

This quotation shows that Fate may be influencing the pair to go to the Capulets's ball through Benvolio's suggestions. The reason why this is considered as Fate influencing them is that there is no deliberation over whether they are going to go or not. It is almost as if it the course of action had already been predetermined.

Another example of Fate and Destiny playing a part in the tragedy is on Act 3 Scene 1 Line 55, however this reason and quotation may also crossover with the factor of Circumstance due to the nature of the passage. The passage shows that Romeo will not be taunted into fighting Tybalt despite been barbed.

ROMEO: " Tybalt, the reason that I have...