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Is the tragedy of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet a matter of fate or coincidence?

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Is the tragedy of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet a matter of fate or coincidence? Shakespeare's plays have sparked many debates. I am going to discuss the question "Is the tragedy of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet a matter of fate or coincidence?" Romeo and Juliet is a tragic love story of two families who have always quarrelled. Through a series of events, leading up to the hero and the heroine committing suicide in love, the quarrel is ended. However, it is important to consider the historical influence on the play. The people of all Elizabethan classes were very superstitious. Fate was very commonly believed in as the supposed force, principle or power, to predetermine all events. So, events in future were going to happen, and no stopping it. The most popular and widely used way of predetermining fate was known as Astrology. The earth was believed to be at the centre of the universe, and everything revolved around it, unlike the fact that the sun is actually the centre of the universe, not the earth, and everything revolves around the sun rather than round the earth. ...read more.

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A point of key diction in this is "fear". He fears something. "Mind misgives" is another piece of key diction, saying he is unsure of something. Bearing in mind that the stars supposedly control fate of people, he says, "hanging in the stars". The stars have something planned. In Act 1 Scene5, Romeo and Juliet meet and talk in a sonnet form: ROMEO: If I profane with my unworthiest hand This holy Shrine, the gentler sin is this: My lips, two blushing pilgrims, ready stand To smooth that rough touch with a tender kiss The rest of what is said forms a sonnet, a typical love poem, used to express lover's words. This is love at first sight, which shows that there is going to be fate and tragedy as main themes in the play. Religious imagery is used to add to the impact of love at first sight. Romeo uses light imagery toward Juliet in Act 2 Scene 2. A quote: "What Light through yonder window breaks? It is the east, and Juliet is the sun." ...read more.

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After all, he was not the man Tybalt set out to kill. Because Romeo had just got married, Mercutio thought he was being cowardly and had a fight with Tybalt to defend Romeo's honour. If it hadn't been for Mercutio beginning this brawl, perhaps Romeo would not have ended killing Tybalt, and therefore starting the events, which led to the conclusion. Upon Romeo killing Tybalt, in the same Scene, Romeo says, "O, I am fortune's fool." This emphasises Romeo's belief that the Stars are controlling his actions. When Friar Lawrence helped Juliet over her problem with Paris, he ended up leading to both of Romeo and Juliet's deaths. If it hadn't been for Juliet's parents wanting her to marry Paris, then she would not have had to take the potion. It was her parents wanting her to marry Paris that made her have trouble. Romeo gives a reference to fate in Act 5 Scene 1. He yells, "Then I defy you, stars!" By saying this, he means that he does not believe that the stars, which are supposed to be controlling fate, have let this happen. This is a very important point in the play. ...read more.

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