Minor Characters In Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet

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The minor characters play an important role in the downfall of Romeo and Juliet by pushing them into secrecy and forcing them to construct a large and complex plan that ends in the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. Although the minor characters play a large part in the eventual deaths of Romeo and Juliet, the actions of Romeo and Juliet themselves also aid in their tragic end. All their fortunes are destined from the start to happen and so fate, chance and coincidence play a big part in their tragic end. The most important reason for their downfall would be the feud between the Capulet’s and the Montague’s. Tybalt is the trigger that sends Romeo and Juliet off on their downward path. He is always causing trouble and never once in appears in the play without being in the context violence. He is constantly harassing Romeo and trying to make him fight. When Romeo finally does fight him to get revenge, he ends up killing him and thus gets exiled as the Prince promised earlier in the play. Romeo getting exiled means that when Friar Laurence and Juliet plan their devious scheme Romeo is not able to hear about it straight away, and in fact never hears about it, which leads to him killing himself on top of her still living body. Paris seems to keep everything Romeo and Juliet do very hasty as he wishes to marry Juliet in two…show more content…
He concocts the potion, but this in itself doesn’t contribute to their tragic end but it is fate, in that the letter he wrote never reaches Romeo in Mantua and so he doesn’t know of the Friar’s plan. The Friar is always giving council to Romeo and Juliet and is really only ever helping the two lovers. The only thing wrong he does is to marry Romeo and Juliet just a few days after they meet. This is not good because it is too hasty as he points out when he says, “These violent delights have violent ends.” That is who I believe caused the most
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