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Evaluate who, or what in your opinion is most responsible for the fates of the two young lovers

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Evaluate who, or what in your opinion is most responsible for the fates of the two young lovers There are many factors that contributed to the deaths of the protagonists and it is definitely a mixture of these, which is responsible. However in my opinion it is fate which played the biggest part in the deaths of the "star-crossed lovers." Romeo himself, plays a major part in the tragic outcome. Throughout the play he makes hasty and impulsive decisions without really thinking them through. After being so "in love" with Rosaline he very quickly decides to marry Juliet. This shows that Romeo is insincere and disloyal. He also makes a hasty decision when he kills Paris. Romeo often lets "fire-eyed fury be my conduct," such as when he rushes straight back to Verona after hearing of Juliet's "death." The personification of fury makes it seem that Romeo is being taken over by someone else and this loss of control is representative of the sense of inevitability, a generic feature of Tragedies. ...read more.

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It is also possible to blame Juliet as she shouldn't have vowed to marry Romeo when she was already engaged to Paris. As with Romeo, she was too quick in making the decision to marry. This illustrates her naivety, as does her speech in Act II Scene 2. She says, "fain would I dwell on form." This means that she would like to be formal but it appears she finds this hard to do when she uses informal language such as, "farewell compliment." Because she is so na�ve she accepts Friar Lawrence's plan despite all her second thoughts. This na�ve decision is an important one without which it is possible that she wouldn't have died. She seems very desperate to learn "how to lose a winning match." This could be interpreted as she wants to lose her virginity and this could be the reason she wants to get married to Romeo so desperately. I think that it is the Nurse, Juliet's mother figure, who encouraged Juliet to lose her virginity. ...read more.

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From the beginning of the play the feud is apparent. The prologue states that "From ancient grudge break to new mutiny." The word mutiny has strong connotations of violence and uprising giving the impression that violence. This "new mutiny" intensifies the feud and means Romeo & Juliet's love for each other is worse than if it happened at any other time. This could be seen as just bad luck but I believe it to be fate, a common feature in the genre of Tragedy. In Shakespearian times audiences would have believed strongly in astrology and fate. The lovers are destined to die as is illustrated by the prologue which informs the audience that Romeo and Juliet are fated "to take their lives." Romeo mentions "some consequence yet hanging in the stars" before he goes to Capulet's party. This mention of "stars" shows that Romeo is a believer in fate and is worried by it. In my opinion it is fate which results in them getting married and eventually dying as it is mentioned throughout the play. For example when Romeo hears of Juliet's death he cries, "Then I defy you, stars!" This demonstrates that he believes it is fate's doing and is openly against his own inevitable destiny. ...read more.

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