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How far are Romeo and Juliet victims of events too far beyond their control?

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How far are Romeo and Juliet victims of events too far beyond their control? The first time in the play that there is any evidence of Romeo and Juliet's' fate is on the first page of the play, in the chorus's speech - "A pair of star - crossed lovers take their life." - By saying "star-crossed" the chorus is saying that Romeo and Juliet's fate is written in the stars. I think that the chorus's speech is one of the most important aspects of the play, as he is summing up the whole play in one speech. Shakespeare is borrowing from Ancient Greek drama where the chorus is the voice unquestionable authority in the play. This gives you a good perception of what the play is about and what you are going to read. I think the expression "star-crossed" is an important phrase in the chorus's speech as the chorus is saying that Romeo and Juliet are victims of events too far beyond their control. Romeo and Juliet meet at the Capulet's party. Romeo and his friends were not invited to the party and they turn up uninvited. They only found out about the party, because the illiterate servant by apparent coincidence bumped into Romeo and asked him to read out the list of guests (which included Rosaline) ...read more.

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- All that Romeo wants is to marry her, nothing matters to him if they are married, not even death. Little does Romeo know that because of their marriage they do both end up dead. Friar Laurence replies to Romeo - "These violent delights have violent ends, and in their triumph die like fire and powder." - The friar is saying that lovers' passions are short lived. Still Romeo pays no attention to the Friar and carries on with his plans of marriage. I think that Romeo has been warned many times about Juliet and that something will happen to him in the end of he marries her, but he seems to have no control over what he is doing In Verona later on, Mercutio is slain by Tybalt. Romeo is angry and says - "This day's black fate on moe days doth depend, this but begins the woe others must end." - Romeo is saying that fate will decide what happens. Some people might argue that this is just an excuse to hide the fact that Romeo does hold his own destiny. Romeo and Tybalt have a fight, Romeo kills Tybalt. After he has killed him, he realises what he has done - "O, I am fortune's fool." ...read more.

Conclusion

- He means by this that even though they have all tried to cheat the stars, the stars have still won as Romeo is dead and the Friar's plan has not worked. When Juliet wakes up she also kills herself as she finds Romeo dead by her side. So I think that Romeo and Juliet were victims of events far too far beyond their control, because even thought they both tried to cheat the stars, the stars have won and both Romeo and Juliet are dead. In conclusion I think that Romeo and Juliet's lives were lead mainly by fate as once they had died the two feuding families stopped fighting and peace was declared, but as Capulet says at the end of the play Romeo and Juliet are "poor sacrifices of our enmity!" - I think that fate used Romeo and Juliet to cure there families arguments, but in order for the families to find peace their daughter and son had to die. I think that Romeo and Juliet were concentrating far to much on themselves to pay attention to what advice they were being given by not only people but the premonitions they were having, therefore I think that Romeo and Juliet victims of events too far beyond their control. ...read more.

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