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Romeo and Juliet - Was their love/death fate?

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Romeo and Juliet - Was their love/death fate? Romeo and Juliet were set for hard times of struggle during their love, as is shown in the very first sentences of the play: "From ancient grudge break to new mutiny, where civil blood makes civil hands unclean." People's views on the ending to Romeo and Juliet's love affair varies from people saying it was fate that they should have so many obstacles, to get past them all and then end up dying with each other because love was impossible, to others saying it was merely a coincidence. The definition of fate is: "The supposed force, principle, or power that predetermines events." This means that no matter what you do to overcome obstacles, fate will still intercept and you can't decide what happens. You may think you have a choice, but fate will do as it wishes. This is some people's view in Romeo and Juliet, and if I go by that particular definition, then I agree with that. As the story starts, Romeo is in love with the beautiful Rosaline, but she in turn does not love him back. This makes his best friend Mercutio and his cousin Benvolio even more determined to make him find someone that can love him in return. ...read more.


Romeo at the time is, too, horrified - he realises that Juliet is a Capulet, the only family that he must avoid due to a long-standing family feud. "Is she a Capulet? O dear account! My life is my foe's debt." The line that I've emblazoned in bold is a big clue that he will die for his foe, i.e. the family Capulet. Juliet is a Capulet, and he dies for her - his life is a debt for Juliet. I think from then on, it is so pure and they are so in love so quickly, that it really is due to fate that all this is happening. I don't think that alone two teenagers could fall in love within a space of a few hours, so fate has something to do with their relationship. When Juliet and Romeo meet up at the balcony, Romeo proclaims after being told that if he is found he would be killed, "My life were better ended by their hate, than death prorogued, wanting of thy love." In a way, the hate of the Capulets' against the Montagues' is fate. They have been loathing each other because of a long-held family feud; the ancestors that are actually alive at the time have no recollection of what the feud was actually about. ...read more.


He is told by a friend that she is dead, and plans to kill himself by her side. When he arrives, she is close to awakening, but he does not realise; he takes the poison he purchased from the apothecary and dies beside her. When Juliet awakens, she sees her love dead below her, and looks at the poison vial. When she sees that he did not leave any for her, she takes his sword and impales herself with it, the two star-crossed lovers dying together. The play ends with Prince saying, "Where be these enemies? Capulet! Montague! See, what a scourge is laid upon your hate, That heaven finds means to kill your joys with love. And I for winking at your discords too Have lost a brace of kinsmen: all are punish'd." He proclaims that it is the fault of their parents for hating each other for no reason, and blames himself for shutting an eye to their constant arguments. Because of their carelessness, they have lost their children, two that were happy in each others company, and being torn apart by the family drove them to insanity. The whole play is based on love, and what fate can do to intercept between two lovers. I think that fate played the most important part in the play, and that had fate not been playing a part, the two star-crossed lovers would have been together happily, overcoming any obstacles thrown their way by coincidence. Lisa Wildman Set 1B ...read more.

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