What events in Act 2 of Romeo and Juliet suggest that the play might end unhappily.

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Scene i: Mercutio and Benvolio can't find or locate Romeo.

Scene ii: (the Balcony scene) Juliet and Romeo both allude to words that reference death, murder or killing. She will "kill" Romeo with her cherishing... she worries that her kinsmen will find Romeo and kill him.

Scene iii: The Friar is speaking metaphorically about plants when he says this before Romeo comes in:

Two such opposed kings encamp them still
In man as well as herbs, grace and rude will;
And where the worser is predominant,
Full soon the canker death eats up that plant.

Although discussing the powers and ills of plants, he's talking about how humans (two particularly opposed kings... Capulet and Montague) find that when "rude" or evil or ill-will dominates, death eventually ensues... it kills.

Scene iv: Mercutio calls Romeo dead, but as if he's been killed by love.

Scene vi: Upon marriage, Romeo comments that he just wants to marry. If he dies immediately thereafter, so be it. He just wants to be with Juliet.


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