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Does fate bring Romeo and Juliet together?

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Does fate bring Romeo and Juliet together? Romeo and Juliet is written in many versions and is famous for its adoration, devotion and love. The most popular version of the play is Shakespeare's version which was first performed around 1595, in the Elizabethan Age. During this time most Elizabethans believed in fate, fate is a consequence of events which are destined to happen inevitably, in this play we come to know that it was fate which bought the lovers together. The play is set in a place called Verona, which is a real town in Northern Italy and this we learn from the prologue when it mentions "In fair Verona." The Prologue introduces the play and gives us an understanding on what the story will be about. Overall the story is about a boy called Romeo and girl named Juliet who fall deeply in love as soon as they meet each other for the first time. There is a special connection between the two which makes them fall in love at first sight. However being together and getting happily married is not so easy for the two, as the story continues we get to know that the family of Romeo, Montague and Juliet's family, Capulet are enemies. The enmity between the two families goes a long way back; the prologue refers this to an "ancient grudge break into new mutiny". Sadly enmity and hatred between the two families was just one barrier in the lovers' relationship. ...read more.

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What were the chances of this entire love happening to two enemies? One of the most famous scenes in all of Shakespeare's plays is the balcony scene in Act 2 Scene 2 this is because of the language used and the way their love is expressed. Juliet who is standing in her balcony proclaims her love for Romeo not knowing that he is standing below her in the Capulet orchard. She says to herself "O Romeo, Romeo, Wherefore art thou Romeo?" She is questioning why Romeo has to be known as Romeo a Montague. This balcony scene is very symbolic because it shows the light and darkness as well as two people declaring their love for each other. Romeo imagines Juliet to be the sun whom transforms darkness into light and he also compares her to the moon. He personifies the moon, calling it "envious" and "sick and pale with grief" and assumes Juliet, the sun to be far brighter as well as beautiful. These are key quotes as they show a great example of the dark and light motif which runs throughout the play. Shakespeare often set the scenes in either early morning or late at night he used it to describe the situation and to set the scene. In line 36 Juliet makes a key point, she tells us that she is willing to denounce her name for the sake of her love. A name doesn't hold great importance to her this we know when she says "What's a Montague? ...read more.

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How could she have possibly seen the future if it wasn't already decided for her? Dreams often do hold a meaning to individuals and for Romeo and Juliet it showed them what was going to happen. Romeo and Juliet is very romantic, even though their love led them to their deaths, the lovers were lucky to find each other. In Act 5 Scene 1 Romeo says, "I defy you stars." This shows us that he defies fate and what the stars write, as he is deeply in love with Juliet he refuses to accept her death. Romeo needs to realise that he has no control over his destiny, he cannot change destiny no matter how hard he tries. It's already predetermined. In Act 5 Scene 3 when Juliet wakes up from the sleeping potion she asks the Friar where Romeo is. The Friar responds by saying, "A greater power than we can contradict hath thwarted our intents." This could be defined as the Friar telling Juliet that a power above their control has spoiled their plan, that power being fate. At the end of Act 5 Scene 3 the Prince says, "Some shall be pardoned, and some punished" because some people tried to help Romeo and Juliet therefore they should be forgiven whereas the head of the Capulet and Montague couldn't end the feud between each other so they should be punished. Romeo and Juliet's story is a form of cruel fate because the lovers end up dying because of their family's ruthless hatred, although it is not fair the lovers dying how they did it was probably meant to bring the families together. ...read more.

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