How does characterization and conflict help to bring about the unfortunate deaths in Romeo and Juliet? This is the quote I have to use to answer the question: Romeo and Juliet is not simply a tragedy...

How does characterization and conflict help to bring about the unfortunate deaths in Romeo and Juliet?

This is the quote I have to use to answer the question:

Romeo and Juliet is not simply a tragedy of two individuals, but the tragedy of a city.  Everybody in the city is in one way or another involved in and responsible for what happened."

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This is a fairly interesting question.  I think that the standard response would credibly speak of how the Veronian society approaches the conflict, in that few, if any, have the courage to stand up to the feud between both houses.  In capitulating to their antagonisms, the citizens who participated or benefited from the rivalry contributed to the deaths of the kids because they were the social order that both lovers sought to transcend.  Yet, I think that a real interesting study lies in the Prince .  Perhaps, Shakespeare is attempting to make a statement about political leadership in times of intense hatred.  The Prince, the political...

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