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How far are Romeo and Juliet responsible for their fate?

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Introduction

How far are Romeo and Juliet responsible for their fate? In Elizabethan times when the play Romeo and Juliet was written people believed as much in the stars and planets as they did their God. They believed that stars and the way they were positioned meant different things. For example if they saw Halley's Comet it would mean disaster but if they saw a shooting star it would have been considered very good luck. In the play Romeo and Juliet Shakespeare refers to fate from the start. "A pair of star crossed lovers". This term shows that this pair of lovers are meant to be together and it is written in the stars so it must happen. Not all of their fatal outcome was due to the position of the stars. Some of it was due to them. Shakespeare has given the characters flaws because he wanted them to seem real, imperfect so the audience can relate to them. ...read more.

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Romeo and Juliet aren't totally responsible for their own fate you feel that it is out of their control and cannot be stopped. Romeo and Juliet refer to death as close. Juliet says, "If he be married my grave is like to be my wedding bed." This is very ironic because her grave is her wedding bed not referring to her and Romeo's wedding bed but on the day she is supposed to be marrying Paris. Having said this Juliet later on says "I'll to my wedding bed." Juliet is talking to the nurse about dying. If her "grave is like to be her wedding bed." She is clearly saying she is going to commit suicide. Juliet prophesises how Romeo dies. "Methinks I see thee now thou art so low, as one dead in the bottom of a tomb." This is very strange and gives the audience a greater feeling of fate because that is how Romeo dies, at the bottom of a tomb. ...read more.

Conclusion

He says this just after he kills Tybalt and realises that he has just made a big mistake and will regret it for the rest of his life. Juliet realises that she has no control over her actions, "Alak, alak that heaven should practice stratagems on such a soft subject as myself." This gives the audience the impression of a brutal child torturing an innocent toy that is defenceless. In conclusion I think that fate was responsible for Romeo and Juliet's death and there was nothing that anyone could have done to prevent the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. If the pair had not been so rash and had thought more about their actions before they rushed into things that they could have spent more time together. I think that the message was quite obvious that Shakespeare gives in the play that the pair of lovers will not ever have a good relationship but would be used more as peace makers for the city of Verona. So in a way fate had "dealt them a tragic blow" for a good reason. Stuart Toon ...read more.

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