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A pair of "Star-Crossed Lovers". How do you agree that Romeo and Juliet are presented as victims of fate? Consider the language used by both and by others about them.

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A pair of "Star-Crossed Lovers". How do you agree that Romeo and Juliet are presented as victims of fate? Consider the language used by both and by others about them. The phrase "a pair of star-crossed" lovers first appears in the prologue of the story so you immediately get the impression of a love story. The Elizabethans were big fans of astrology and horoscopes and the idea of fate was a big part of the Elizabethan lifestyle. Throughout the story the characters mention fate, or how its God's choice to make there decisions. The reader knows immediately that Romeo and Juliet are going to die after reading the prologue so the questions are asked why would two star-crossed lovers end up dying? Shakespeare was famous for his tragedy plays and it was him who controlled the characters but he uses the words of the characters themselves to map out there own fate. ...read more.

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Forswear it, sight! For ne'er saw true beauty till this night." He is already declaring his love to Juliet and wants to contain their love with marriage. After Tybalt has seen Romeo and Capulet stops him from causing trouble, Tybalt states "I will withdraw, but this intrusion shall, Now seeming sweet, convert to bitt'rest gall" This gives the idea that Tybalt will not let this go and the two will meet again in the future. In the same scene it cuts to Juliet and her Nurse. She says "If he be married, My grave is like to be my wedding bed". So if Romeo were already taken then she would never fall in love with anyone else. This ties the Romeo and Juliet together as they can only love one another and no one else. ...read more.

Conclusion

To spell an end to Romeo, Shakespeare made Friar John the messenger to late to deliver the message to Romeo In conclusion Romeo and Juliet are not only victims of fate, but also of coincidence. All the scenes of coincidence fit perfectly into to play to form a tragic tale. From Romeo and Juliet first meeting, to Rome dying minutes before Juliet wakes up, it is all perfectly staged. It is however the Capulet party scene where the characters fate begins to unfold. It is where the two main characters meet, where in the end they will die. It is where Tybalt begins his undying hatred of Romeo, which ultimately leads to his death. From Tybalts death Romeo gets banished and it's from his banishment that the final plan to reunite them fails and both Romeo and Juliet die. ?? ?? ?? ?? Tim Hall Mrs Lavender 11wt ...read more.

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