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Romeo and Juliet

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Introduction

Romeo and Juliet Could they have changed their destiny or was it out of their control? Let's define the word destiny. Destiny means 'something that is going to happen in your life that you have no control of', which would indicate that they didn't have control of the situation, but let's look at some other factors before we form a conclusion. In this essay I will look at the time period, family ties and relationships and the period of time that the play written in. these will all help me form a conclusion about what was and was not within their control. The story starts with Romeo going to a party at the rival families house (the Capulets), and instead of seeing the girl he wished to see there he spots the daughter of Lord Capulet, Juliet. He then proceeds to fall head over heels in love with her; she then spots him and also falls in love with him. ...read more.

Middle

Even though Juliet was only 14 this was very common in that period of time. If a daughter refused an arranged marriage their fathers could have them killed, banished or put in a nunnery. Nowadays girls have a much wider freedom of choice and it is only Arabs and middle-eastern people who have arranged marriages, so people are not forced into marriage. As to whether it was fate or not there are factors on both sides that say it was or wasn't. If we go back to the definition of destiny - Destiny means 'something that is going to happen in your life that you have no control of' - it would say that they had no control but I think that Friar Lawrence was to blame and this is why... I think that Friar Laurence was to a large extent responsible for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. However, several other factors contributed and we cannot solely blame one person. ...read more.

Conclusion

He should have refused to marry them even though he had his doubts. He should have known better being the oldest and most experienced member of the church. It was the Friar's idea that Juliet swallows the potion and follow the plan through. This was a very rash decision, and even though he had had years of experience with roots and potions he still went ahead knowing the dire consequences and complications that could occur. Friar Laurence largely contributed to the deaths of Romeo and Juliet by marrying them despite their ages, giving Juliet the poison and by not thinking things through clearly. Instead he always tried to find a "quick-fix" solution. However, he has a kind disposition, and honestly tries to help Romeo and Juliet in whatever way he can. And, to give him his due, he did confess his sins, and offer to sacrifice his life by saying 'Miscarried by my fault...I be sacrificed...unto the rigour of severest law'. This confession, added to the tragic deaths of the young lovers, ceased the age-old fight between the Capulets and the Montagues. ...read more.

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