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In Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet the lovers are the victims of circumstances and are fated to die

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In Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet the lovers are the victims of circumstances and are fated to die From beginning to end of the play Shakespeare subtly injects this fatal love and circumstantial crisis into the play so that from early on it becomes apparent to the reader that Romeo and Juliet's passion will not be one of fairytale ending. At the opening to this play we are shown Romeos fault-to fall in love too easily. Rosaline was a Capulet and Romeo was victim of an unrequited love with said Rosaline that is cleverly used to display to the reader Romeos willingness to fall easily and hard without regret for someone un ideal (a Capulet). In lines 173-4 of Act one scene one Romeo states 'Heres much to do with hate but more with love'-Romeos hate here is referring to the hate between Capulet and Montague and the love is for his mistress. This, the previous scrap between feuding families in Act one and the following aspect of Romeo chancing fate by agreeing to find his way into the Capulet party (perhaps just to catch a glimpse even of his dear Rosaline) ...read more.

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the reader is unmistakeably forewarned of the impending circumstantial doom laid upon the lovers. The lovers choice of words even foretell this-'prodigious'- meaning ominous and foretelling evil Shakespeare is almost explicitly telling us that this relationship was forsaken from beginning. As aforementioned the couple's own characteristics are another reason for and implication to the duos fate. Already Shakespeare has shown us Romeos rash willingness to love that, which can only bring distain in his life and enthusiasm for tempting fate (by attending the Capulet party) and now Shakespeare displays unto us Juliet's faults in this relationship-her indecisiveness. Act 2 scene 2 lines 116-120 Juliet, subsequent to her devotion and profession of love towards Romeo in previous lines, damns the relationship for being to 'rash too unadvis'd too sudden' this shows she herself doesn't know her own mind and is quick at changing it (going from saying she wants to marry Romeo too bidding him 'sweet, good-night!'). This along with the rapid 'give it to me o tell me not of fear' (Act 4 scene 1 line 121) ...read more.

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cause, him too whom offered the rash indecisive Juliet a potion causing her hoax death and him also whom turned up just too late to stop Romeos suicide? Also was it not Belthasar Romeos friend whom caused him to rush back to Juliet's sight all too soon without seeing the Friars correspondence? I feel we must put all these incident s down to the best intentions of the characters however as Friar Lawrence thought that by wedding the couple the two families would be forced to get on and Belthasar thought that no one would've bought news to Romeo of his darling Juliet's demise so did so himself all out of the best intentions. If this were the case I think Friar Lawrence himself justifies it in declaring- ' A greater power than we can contradict Hath thwarted our intents'. All in all the statement issued at the beginning has undoubtedly rung true as the lovers in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet were undeniably victims of circumstance and fated to die however they were even more fated due to their own unfailing attributes of indecisive and rashness. Jackie Dunkley 11m 1 English Romeo and Juliet coursework Ms Clifford ...read more.

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