Mercutio's Fault

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When problems sprout like flowers, it’s quite difficult to find the root of the problem.
In Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, two star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet, end up taking their lives due to sundry aspects. However, there is one overriding aspect responsible for their deaths who happens to be Romeo’s best friend. Mercutio is the most at fault for Romeo and Juliet’s death; Mercutio is the character who ultimately convinces Romeo to attend the Capulet’s feast and because Mercutio challenges Tybalt to a fray — sparking a chain of events.
Mercutio is able to force Romeo to go to the Capulet’s feast where he first accosts Juliet.
Although Benvolio first mentions going to the Capulet feast to clear Romeo’s head about Rosaline, Mercutio
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Romeo avenges Mercutio’s death by killing Tybalt, which led to Romeo being exiled to Mantua. Romeo’s banishment created a flawed plan, nevertheless Mercutio was the root of Romeo’s banishment.
It might seem that Friar Laurence was most responsible for Romeo and Juliet’s death. It’s true that Friar Laurence was the one who secretly married Juliet to Romeo resulting in Juliet having to take a potion that put her to sleep for 48 hours in order to avoid marriage to Paris. Nevertheless, Mercutio compelled Romeo to be a guest at the Capulet’s party where he met Juliet and their risky relationship started. So, Mercutio once again instituted the chain of events consummating in Romeo and Juliet’s deaths.
Romeo’s first encounter with Juliet and Romeo’s banishment all arose because of Mercutio, who is most at fault for Romeo and Juliet’s death. Without Mercutio’s interference, Romeo’s unrequited love for would have continued since he would have never met Juliet. Consequently, a chain of events would not have developed leading to Romeo and Juliet’s death. Flowers as this play is can be quite beautiful, however if you dig a little deeper you can find that the roots are destructive. Always look for the root of a
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