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Fate in Romeo and Juliet

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Introduction

"Two households, both alike in dignity, In fair Verona (where we lay our scene)" 'Romeo and Juliet' takes place in Verona, Northern Italy. The city is divided by civil war between two noble families, the Capulets and the Montagues. The feud is an old one, from 'ancient grudge to new mutiny'. The cause of this 'ancient grudge' is not known; there seems no solution and just pure hate. Then out of this hate comes a 'pair of star-crossed lovers' to 'take their lives.' This tragedy of Romeo and Juliet seems unstoppable right from the start. Throughout the play the audience watches that 'fearful passage of their death-mark'd love'. But who was responsible for the tragedy of the two lovers? Or was it just inevitable fate? From the very beginning of the play the pure hatred between the two families and all those involved is visible. Fighting between the two groups is a common thing, even the prince of Verona himself is unable to find anyway of stopping the hatred in his city. Then out of this hatred Romeo and Juliet meet and fall in love. The twists and turns of their objectionable affair throughout the play lead up to killing. But who is responsible for the horrific death of the 'star crossed lovers'? Different characters all play a part in the death. This essay will analyse the key areas of the play and the effect they have on the final outcome of the play. ...read more.

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Romeo mutters these words at the realisation of what he has just done. The Prince sends Romeo into exile after hearing of the afternoon's events. Escales believes this is justice to both Romeo and Tybalt. Shortly after Romeo confides to Friar Lawrence "Ha, banishment? Be merciful, say 'death' For exile hath more terror in his look." He says that not being able to see Juliet will bring him more upset than death. The killing of Mercutio and Tybalt has led to Rome being exiled. It has added strain on Romeo and Juliet's already rocky relationship. Just hours after the marriage Romeo is to be sent away after killing his own cousin. Tybalt's provocation and Mercutio's eagerness to respond both add to the tense situations and end result of the play. Ignorant of what is happening on the streets around her, Juliet is longing for the night to come when she can be with Romeo again. Suddenly, the nurse shatters her dreams and recalls the tragic happenings of death and banishment. Juliet is torn between emotions she struggles to make sense of what the nurse is saying. She subsides into grief for the loss of her husband and urges the nurse to find him so that she can spend the night with him before he must go. Meanwhile Friar Lawrence is trying to calm Romeo, trying desperately to convince Romeo that things could have been much worse. ...read more.

Conclusion

Both Romeo and Juliet themselves made hasty decisions which often resulted in life-threatening situations. Juliet had no support from her parents, and eventually even her nurse could offer her no comfort. She was isolated, and dependent on the Friar, who, despite good intentions, also affected the end result. The taunts of Tybalt led to the killing of Mercutio, which gave Romeo the drive to kill. The banishment to Mantua declared by the Prince caused more heartbreak for the couple. The wedding of Paris added desperation for Juliet, who knew she could not marry Paris. The plan devised by the Friar, came as a result of this. Had the letter been delivered successfully however, all might have been well. Despite this Romeo did not receive the letter and went to the tomb to see his wife. Romeo kills Paris and advances to see Juliet. She is not yet awake and he kills himself before she awakens. Juliet awakes and when she sees her husband dead beside her she grasps the dagger and ends her life too. There are endless characters and events that led to the deaths of Romeo and Juliet, despite all this, it is predicted from the very start of the play that Romeo and Juliet are 'ill-fated' 'star-crossed lovers'. Despite the different reasons I think that fate played a huge part in the deaths. Since the meeting of Romeo and Juliet it was obvious that they would not live a normal life. Complication after complication leads to the final climax where they, as predicted, take their lives... inevitable fate. Belinda Hirst 11W ...read more.

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