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I need four more quotes from Romeo and Juliet that support that Romeo and Juliet's...

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dkkulm | Student, Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted April 6, 2013 at 2:38 AM via web

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I need four more quotes from Romeo and Juliet that support that Romeo and Juliet's deaths were a tragedy of the entire city.  I found one in scene one when the crowd shouted "down with the Capulets, down with the Montegue's".  Also in the last scene I found another when the Capulets arrived at the tomb to find people from the city mourning the deaths of both Romeo and Juliet.  I feel like there should be something from the nurse that supports it, but I just can't find it.  Thanks for the help!

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mizzwillie | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted April 6, 2013 at 1:51 PM (Answer #1)

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The quotes you need are in the play Romeo and Juliet; just look for the places where the citizens complain, where the dying Mercutio calls down a plague on both their houses, and especially where the Prince does not stop the fighting in his city.  His Act 1 Scene 1 clemency is not a good decision for with the deaths of Mercutio and Tybalt,the Prince says, "Mercy but murders, pardoning those who kill".  At the end of the play the Prince again admits his mistake when three more people have died, "And  I, for winking at your discords too Have lost a brace of kinsmen:  all are punished."  The Prince is charged with keeping the peace within his city or people are not safe. When all the fighting breaks out again, and more people die because of it, the Prince has not carried out his duty to protect the entire city and not allow the division of loyalties which leads to more strife.  Therefore, the deaths of Romeo and Juliet truly are a tragedy for the entire city; it takes all these deaths to make the citizens and especially the families stop the tragedy of a divided city. 

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