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A greater power than we can contradict hath thwarted our intents." How far is the tragedy of 'Romeo and Juliet' a result of a 'greater power' or is it the result of the actions of individuals?

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Dominic Wright "A greater power than we can contradict hath thwarted our intents." How far is the tragedy of 'Romeo and Juliet' a result of a 'greater power' or is it the result of the actions of individuals? The tragedy of the well known Shakespearean play, 'Romeo and Juliet' is not the indirect/direct result of the role of individuals in the play or fate, but very much a combination of the three. The following essay will show how little incidents affected the final outcome of the play and elaborate on the above statement. The feud between the two families is one factor that contributed to the death of Romeo and Juliet. "From ancient grudge break to new mutiny". The two families, the Montagues and the Capulets, had many problems. These problems are not known, but there was hate between the two families, so much so, that even their servants hated each other. This feud caused many problems for Romeo and Juliet. In the prologue we learn that the only way the "strife" could be ended was by the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. "Doth with their death bury their parent's strife" Neither the Montagues nor the Capulets would have accepted the marriage. ...read more.

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Heaven is here Where Juliet lives," Juliet demonstrates selfishness when she says that she would rather commit suicide than marry Paris, forcing the Friar to find another option. " 'Twixt my extremes and me this bloody knife Shall play the umpire, arbitrating that Which the commission of thy years and art Could no issue of true honour bring." A final act of selfishness is when Romeo drags Balthazar to the tomb where Juliet lies, threatening to kill him if he doesn't go, but also risking both of their lives because if they were caught they would both be killed. Friar Lawrence was Romeo's confident in the play; he was also one of the town's holy men and plays an important role in the downfall of Romeo and Juliet. It is questionable, that when Romeo comes to Friar Lawrence with news of his new love, whether he should have married Romeo and Juliet, as he knew that Romeo was often infatuated with love and supposedly fell in love with every girl he thought to be sexually attractive. "For doting, not for loving, pupil mine." If the Friar had played his correct role in society in the play he would have known not to marry Romeo and Juliet because firstly, they were too young to know what they were doing. ...read more.

Conclusion

"MONTAGUE: Thou villain Capulet! Hold me not, let me go." If Lady Capulet had played more of a mother role towards Juliet, then maybe she would have confided in her about her love affair with Romeo and the problem with the two families could have been sorted out and then maybe her father would never have engaged Juliet to Paris. Here is an example of Juliet and her mother weren't very close, Lady Capulet isn't even sure how old her daughter is, "She's not fourteen!" The Prince can't be really be blamed for the death of Romeo and Juliet, except for that he should have made more of an effort to stop the feud between the Capulets and the Montagues instead of just stopping them from fighting in the public streets, "On pain of death, all men depart." The above quotation is the Prince's threat to the two households if they were caught fighting in the streets again. In conclusion, the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet is the result of the actions of the individuals, even though fate and the characters all played a role in the deaths of Romeo and Juliet, the only people who can be blamed for their suicide are themselves as they are the ones who committed the crime. VIII I ...read more.

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