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Romeo and Juliet: Fate and Free will.

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GCSE Coursework essay Romeo and Juliet: Fate and Free will Shakespeare hasn't chosen about fate or free will, he is telling us to decide. At the very opening of the play the Chorus tells us of fate, "...A pair of star crossed lovers take their life; Whose misadventured piteous overthrows Doth with their death bury their parents' strife..." This is saying that pair of ill-fated lovers (written in the stars) have an unlucky (fate?) accident and the price of their deaths are end their parents troubles with each other. The Belief that fate determines our lives is brought up throughout the play, Romeo is scared that fate will be unhappy if he goes to the Capulets' party: 'My mind misgives some consequence yet hanging in the stars'. Juliet fears what will happen as she parts from Romeo: 'Methinks I see thee now, thou art so low / as one dead in the bottom of a tomb.' Romeo and Juliet struggle to get out of whatever fate shows in dreams and thoughts. 'Then I defy you, stars!!' ...read more.


This is evident early in the story when Romeo says, "But he that hath the steerage of my course direct my sail!" This is using a ship as an example of Romeo and fate is the wind that directs him. This says that if it wanted, fate could just slam him into the rocks and finish him off. Later, after the death of Tybalt, there is another significant line as Romeo cries out in despair, "O, I am fortune's fool!" This is pretty self-explanatory; Romeo says that fortune (fate) is tricking him and dislikes him. When all the Montague's and Mercutio were trying to persuade Romeo to go to the Capulets' party he said, "I dreamt a dream tonight," and Mercutio says that dreamers often lie and Romeo returned this with, "In bed asleep, while they do dream things true." He's telling us that dreams can come true; so what you dream is your destiny and even if you make decisions you will find yourself in the position you dreamt about because fate chose you to be there. ...read more.


I must to the learned. In good time!' He's asking himself how he's supposed to find the names written on the invites when he cant read so he's got to find someone who can read, cue Benvolio and Romeo! The servant sees them and asks them to help him, they see Rosalind's name on the list so Benvolio says he's on the list and they both obtain invites so Benvolio can show Romeo that there's plenty more fish in the sea; '...And I will make thee think thy swan a crow...' He would show Romeo that Rosalind's ugly compared to other women at the party. They go to the party and accident number two happens, Romeo sees Juliet and asks a servingman her name, unfortunately' 'I know not, sir." Was the Servingman's reply. If the servingman had known she was a Capulet, Romeo would never have gone near her! Unluckily for him, he didn't know till a bit too late that she was a Capulet! My final conclusion is that Shakespeare added 'accidents' to twist the story even more and he tried to show us that Fate, free will and accidents are very hard to separate. Joe Hankin 10RY/SR ...read more.

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