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

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Evaluate who or what, in your opinion is most responsible for the Fates of the young lovers. I believe that fate is a key responsibility for the young lovers fates and eventual deaths of Romeo and Juliet, we must first answer the question: what is fate? According to the Oxford English Dictionary, fate is the 'inevitable destiny or necessity destined term of life; doom.' Thus to put it simply, fate can be described as a pre planned sequence of events influencing one's life, therefore it is unstoppable and uncontrollable, it has to happen, it was meant to be. In Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, is it true to say that Fate was the sole contributor to the deaths of the young couple, or was their demise brought about by the mistakes of others that Juliet and Romeo had to pay for. In this day and age most people however do not seem to see fate is what killed the young lovers for they themselves choose to believe that they have a sense of meaning and responsibility and can control their own lives. Therefore supposing that their problems are caused by the actions of themselves or those influencing them or those that make mistakes affecting them. This is the other view point, being that it is therefore true and justified to say that the deaths of Romeo and Juliet were caused by the mistakes made by themselves and others: therefore the fate factor is nonexistent. ...read more.

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as she relayed messages to Romeo from Juliet "Henceforward do your messages yourself," and she only really seemed to care about the wealth fare and happiness of Juliet "The gentlewomen is young...deal double with her, truly it were an ill thing." If the Nurse had not performed Juliet's orders and acted as her messenger, it is possible that Juliet would have given up on the idea of her marriage to her handsome Romeo and the couple's deaths would have been avoided. However you can never count out fate for there is still a strong possibility that regardless of the Nurse's influence and involvement, that the couple would still have gone ahead with their disaster-prone and doomed marriage once they had fallen in love for their love seemed so strong and I don't think that they would have given it up easily. It is not just the mistakes and doings of others that where responsible for the lover's fate, they where also responsible for their own fates as they made their own decisions and mishaps: -- Romeo the gentle and loving only son of Lord and Lady Montague and Juliet's husband, was in fact a major influence on the events leading up to the deaths of him and his young wife. Romeo acts too hastily "give me my sin again" throughout the play and lures Juliet's heart with beautiful poetry and wonderful similes and metaphors. Despite Juliet's hints "then have my lips the sin that they have took" he maybe shouldn't have asked Juliet to marry him so suddenly, ...read more.

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as Juliet is only young and innocent but however much hope someone may have they realise that the love is doomed and the unhappy destiny cannot be changed. This quote also demonstrates Juliet's remark directly about fate, as this is what she means by "heaven's stratagems" Friar Lawrence refers to fate twice at the end, firstly when he is told that Romeo did not receive his vitally important letter, and finally when he is talking to Juliet shortly before she stabs herself in the Capulet Vault "Unhappy fortune! By my brotherhood, the letter was not nice but full of charge of dear import..." "A greater power than we can contradict Hath thwarted our intents." The Friars two quotes both display his feeling of helplessness and his defeat in his battle against fate in his first quote he could have phrased it to fault the messenger however he states it so it is the fault of fate. In the second quote it really sums up everything for the 'greater power' that Friar Lawrence refers to be, of course, fate. However his statement does not make Juliet feel any better, as it is not what she wants to hear as she knows that there is no hope and lets fate have its way by promptly committing suicide. Shakespeare is determined to get the audience to believe there is one thing that killed the lovers and was responsible for their paths that being no person or action but fate for he again chooses to place the blame on a "higher power. ...read more.

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