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How FarCan Fate Be Blamed For The Downfall Of Romeo And Juliet, Or Is Their DownfallDue To Individuals And Circumstances?

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How Far Can Fate Be Blamed For The Downfall Of Romeo And Juliet, Or Is Their Downfall Due To Individuals And Circumstances? The English playwright William Shakespeare wrote the classic play of Romeo and Juliet in 1595. It is a tragedy, one of many Shakespearian tragedies, including Anthony and Cleopatra and Othello. Romeo and Juliet is not a typical tragedy as it is not the protagonist's fault that they die; it is their parent's argument or feud. Shakespeare makes this an untypical tragedy as it is usually a flaw in personality of one of the protagonists that causes the tragedy. An example of this would be in Macbeth where Macbeth's wife is too greedy. It was written for the Elizabethan audience, who heavily believed in "Fate" and "The Stars". The Elizabethan society was extremely superstitious as science and technology at that time had not advanced enough to change their pre-conditioned beliefs. All they knew was religion and fate and no scientific knowledge. The stars were a big part of their lives too as telescopes had recently been invented and astrologers, who were really con artists, convinced people that their lives relied heavily on the alignment of the stars. In this essay I will argue whether I think fate or free will was the main cause of Romeo and Juliet's downfall. I believe that fate is the cause of Romeo and Juliet's downfall and ultimate death. ...read more.

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For these reasons I think the film is successful but it is also successful in its accuracy compared to the play and has been well transformed from a play to a film. From the screenplay I can see that the two lovers fell in love at first sight at the Capulet party. This is a romantic way of falling in love and would have been popular to the Elizabethans. This may be just one interpretation of the play but I feel that it is correct. So if Romeo and Juliet had not met, of the tragic events would have happened as they would not be together and so would not get married and the tragedy could not occur. In Act Two Scene One Romeo finds Juliet again because of fate. She is on a balcony speaking to herself and Romeo who is waiting for her in the courtyard beneath the balcony. Juliet calls out for her lover not knowing he is there: "Romeo, Romeo, where for art thou Romeo". He answers her and then they meet. This is fate because Juliet did not know he was there and she called out for him, if she had not he may not have spoken out back to her and they wouldn't have met again. When they meet they decide they must marry soon. Later Romeo visits his friend Friar Laurence, where he makes plans for the Friar to marry him and Juliet. ...read more.

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When she sees he is dead, she takes Romeo's dagger and kills herself. This is a tragic ending which I have shown was caused by fate. Conclusion In the play Romeo and Juliet the tragic deaths of Romeo and Juliet occur. My argument was that these tragic deaths were caused by fate which was engineered by Shakespeare. Shakespeare uses fate to gain the audiences attention as it was a popular and romantic subject in Elizabethan times as many Elizabethans believed their lives were run by fate or the stars. This was because they had no scientific evidence to prove that theory wrong. So I think fate was the direct cause of their deaths and shall prove this once more. In Act Five Scene Three right at the end where Juliet finds Romeo to have killed himself with poison Friar Laurence tell us that fate was the cause of Romeo's death: "A greater power than we can contradict Hath Thwarted our intents: come, come away" This quote shows that fate was definitely the cause for Romeo's death. It shows that fate has opposed their intentions. It shows that fate engineered by Shakespeare has caused things to go wrong like Romeo's death. This could also mean that fate has been opposing all of their intentions for the whole of the play, which is exactly what I think, happened. I think I have proved my argument is correct and more important than free will, people and circumstances. So I conclude that Romeo and Juliet's downfall was due to Fate which was engineered by Shakespeare. By Jamie Featherstone 10D WORD COUNT: 2,546 ...read more.

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