Romeo and Juliet contains a case of illiteracy. What is a claim that makes illiteracy the entity most to blame for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet?

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In act i scene ii of "Romeo and Juliet", Lord Capulet is preparing for a party. He sends a servant to deliver the invitations. Unfortunately, the servant he sends cannot read. He has no idea who he is supposed to be giving the invitations to. Since he cannot tell Lord Capulet he is unable to complete the task, he searches in the street for someone who can read. The first two men he meets are Romeo and Benvolio. They read the list of invited guests to the servant. In thanks, the servant invites the two gentlemen to attend the party. The servant has no idea who they are and doesn't realize they are the enemies of his master. Benvolio has noticed that Rosaline, the girl Romeo has been pining over, is on the guest list. He encourages Romeo to go to the party. Of course, this is the party where Romeo and Juliet meet. It could be argued that their fate was sealed the moment they accepted the servants invitation to the party.