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Is Romeo right to think that 'Black fate' is responsible for the tragedy in Romeo and Juliet or there other causes

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Is Romeo right to think that 'Black fate' is responsible for the tragedy in Romeo and Juliet or there other causes. Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy, which was written by William Shakespeare in 1599. The Elizabethans totally believed in fate, they believed that your destiny was fated. They also believed that fate was fickle, it could change, one day everything would be good and the next day things could be really bad. If you challenged fate, it would take up the challenge. If it wasn't fate there are many more things which could have caused the tragedy; the feud, this means that everything that happens in Verona ends in violence, Friar Lawrence, shouldn't have married them and shouldn't have suggested such a dangerous plan, which was playing with their lives, the Nurse should have stopped Juliet getting involved with a Montague, but also Juliet's parents should have payed more attention to what she felt and wanted. Or it could have been just bad luck and bad timing. In the play fate is strongly implicated as controlling the tragedy. Right at the start Shakespeare wants the audience to know that fate will play a huge part in the play and in the prologue it says that Romeo and Juliet will die 'from forth the fatal loins of these two foes, A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life'. ...read more.


He is saying that if he doesn't kill himself now, fate will do something terrible to him later. If the tragedy wasn't down to fate there were other things, which could have caused it, such as; the feud between the two houses, the characters contributions and how they have an impact on the situation and the timing or mistiming of the events. In the play, there are two powerful and rich families, The Montague's and The Capulets. There is a feud, which isn't about anything in particular but they have got into a habit and minor events can start major fights. They all care about honour and if someone says something bad about their family they can't just ignore it. Even at the very start of the play some servants in Verona start insulting each other, which turns into a fight. The feud is causing deaths in Verona and the Prince has had enough so he orders a decree that the next person to start a fight will be executed. In the first act when Romeo sneaks into Capulet's party Tybalt is furious and writes to Romeo challenging him to a duel. In act 3 Tybalt meets Mercutio and Benvolio in the street and he starts a fight with Mercutio, but when Romeo comes along he wants to fight him instead. ...read more.


He only does this because he hopes it will end the feud 'In one respect I'll thy assistant be. For this alliance may so happy prove, to turn your households' rancour to pure love.' Then just before the wedding he says 'These violent delights have delights have violent ends' which suggests that he knows something bad will happen. So the characters contribute a lot to the tragedy. In conclusion I think that Romeo and Juliet was partly down to fate but a large part was down to the characters because some was purely fate, such as right at the start when Romeo just happened to be in the right place at the right time, with the servant who couldn't read. But a lot of the tragedy is down to the characters because if the Nurse hadn't have agreed to be the go-between it would have been very hard for Romeo and Juliet to communicate, and if the Friar hadn't have married Romeo and Juliet, then Juliet wouldn't have had to worry about committing bigamy and she wouldn't have had to take the potion. So I think that fate was against Romeo and Juliet but some of the characters made things worse, which all resulted in the tragedy. ?? ?? ?? ?? Romeo and Juliet Coursework ...read more.

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