Juliet Essay, Research Paper
In the play Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, fate is the a
dominant factor throughout the story, and it is the cause of many hazardous
events, but Romeo and Juliet were ultimately the ones responsible for their
own deaths. The word fate generates a bit of confusion, and can have many
different connotations. Fate is an inevitable and often adverse outcome or
condition; destiny. The destinies of these two ?star crossed lovers? were
not set from the start of the story, but almost all events that took place
brought Romeo and Juliet closer to their inevitable fates. There were too
many coincidences to give the reader any doubt that the two protagonists
were entirely the masters of their futures.
The first coincidence was that Romeo and Juliet, the two lovers,
unfortunate fate that they were from feuding families. The two of them
were a perfect
match, and were completely in love with each other, and the odds that one
Montegue and one was a Capulet are incredibly slim. They both showed their
they learned that the other was from the opposite family. ?O dear account!
my life is my
foe?s debt.? (A-1:Sc5:ln 132), and ?My only love sprung from my only hate.?
152) were the two expressions that Romeo and Juliet exclaimed,
respectively. Juliet had
the right idea when she showed her frustration with the feud, and its
influence on R&J?s
relationship, in her solliloquy on the balcony, and said, ?What?s in a
name? That which we
call a rose, by any other word would smell as sweet…? (A-2:Sc2:ln 41-52)
Besides the fact that they probably would have never been able to
live a peaceful
life, none of the tragedies would have occurred had they not met in the
first place. This
scene, where the Montegues find out about the play is another twist of
fate. The servant
of Capulet, who happens to be illiterate, was given the job of telling
people about the
party, but only those specifically on a list written up by his master.
Since he could not
read, he was forced to ask two strangers to explain it to him. Those two
have been anyone, but they just happened to be Romeo and Benvolio. Another
is that Romeo went to the party because he was madly in love with Rosaline.
Hypothetically, if Rosaline had been there, and she returned Romeo?s love,
then all the
following suffering would have never occurred. Romeo was completely in
another woman going to the party, and only found out about it in the first
an adverse twist of luck.
Although Romeo and Juliet were responsible for their own physical
fate played a big role in getting the two into a suicidal mindset. The
first and most
obvious example was the quarentine in Mantua. Friar Laurence?s plan was
would be laid in the tomb, appearing to be dead, and when she woke up,
Romeo would be
there to meet her. The Friar was to send a message to Mantua, where Romeo
bannished to, and inform the anxious boy about the sceme. This is a
plan, and gives the readers a sense of hope, but it is squashed when the
they discover that
there was a quarrantine in Mantua, and Romeo was unable to get the letter.
right to the very end, fate was still rearing it?s ugly head because if
Juliet had woken up
seconds learlier, .
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Although R&J were illfatefully put in their awkward positions, it was their
falts that they
died. There were infinite instances where if a tiny detail had taken
place, these two
wouldn?t have ended up like they did.
William Shakespear had countless times where he could have saved
both of them, but he does not. He gives the reader a little hope that the
two will survive, but with each event, that hope is squashed. Although
Romeo and Juliet did not have to kill themselves, none of the the tragedies
would have occurred, had it not been ?written in the stars?. Truly fate is
the most dominant force in the play, and is most responsible for the deaths
of Romeo and Juliet. Reverse deus ex machina