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O, I am fortunes fool." How far is this atrue assessment of Romeo in this play.

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"O, I am fortunes fool." How far is this a true assessment of Romeo in this play. 'O, I am fortunes fool.' This quote is from the end of Act Three Scene One of Romeo and Juliet. Romeo, who is a Montague, after he has killed Tybalt, a Capulet, in an angry battle, speaks it. It means that he is blaming all of his problems on fate. In this essay I will discuss how much fate did play a part in Romeo's downfall and how much of his downfall was caused by his own actions. When we first meet Romeo we can see that he is depressed, lovesick and that he likes to be alone. We know that he is depressed because the first words he says are "Ay me, sad hours seem long" from this quote we can see that Romeo feels sorry for himself, he thinks that because he is sad, time is going so slowly, he wants the day to pass by faster and he is depressed. We find out that he is lovesick when Benvolio asks him if he is out of love and Romeo's reply is "out of her favor where I am in love" this means that Romeo is in love with someone who doesn't love him back. We also know that Romeo likes to be alone because his farther tells Benvolio that Romeo "private in his chamber pens himself, shuts up his windows, locks fair daylight out, and makes himself an artificial night." ...read more.

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When Romeo approaches Juliet he uses Rhetoric language to persuade Juliet to kiss him. "My lips, two blush pilgrims, ready stand to smooth that rough touch with a tender kiss." This means that he want to kiss her and is trying to persuade her to do this by using words like pilgrim to make it sound holy. Even when Romeo finds out Juliet is a Capulet he is still determined to see her again so he goes to her garden and tries to woo her some more, in Act Two Scene Two, when he asks her top marry him. "Th' exchange of thy love's faithful vow for mine." He is acting on impulse and did not think about what he was doing or the consequences it might bring. It was his own decision to go to the Capulet's garden and his own actions let his proposal. In Act Three Scene One Romeo doesn't want to fight Tybalt "Tybalt, the reason that I have to love thee," Romeo has married Juliet and so Tybalt is his cousin so he doesn't want to fight him, this is his decision, but Tybalt thinks Romeo is winding him up so continues to aggravate Romeo. Mercutio decides to fight Tybalt for Romeo and dies in the process but he curses both the Capulets and Montagues. "A plague o' both your houses!" ...read more.

Conclusion

"Thy drugs are quick, Thus with a kiss I die." This quote is from Act Five Scene Three, they are Romeo's last words. At this point fate yet again intervenes and Juliet awakes to see the Friar and Romeo's dead body. "o comfortable Friar, where is my lord?" At this point Juliet doesn't know Romeo is dead and when she sees Romeo's body she is full of grief and kills herself. Romeo and Juliet's deaths are partly to do with the Friar's fault because if he hadn't given Juliet the sleeping potion then Romeo wouldn't have returned to Verona, bought the poison and killed himself. Even though the Friar was trying to help the young lovers he played a key role in their downfall but if they hadn't have died then the feud would never had ended. Both families lost their only child due to the feud and so they both decided to end the feud, this could e because of fate. The deaths of Romeo and Juliet could have been fate to eventually lead to the end of the feud, but the events that lead up to the deaths were mainly to do with the decisions made by Romeo and the other characters and so fate did have a key role in Romeo's downfall but he is mainly to blame because of the rash decisions he made and the impulsive behavior he shows near the end of the play. ...read more.

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