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Romeo and Juliet were doomed from the start, not by fate, but by their own personalities. Discuss

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Romeo and Juliet were doomed from the start, not by fate, but by their own personalities. Discuss Romeo and Juliet is a play typically associated with fate, fate brings the two lovers together and eventually tears them apart. However, it is possible that fate was not a factor in the outcome of their story, but instead it was their own self-destructive personalities that lead to their deaths. The first time we meet Romeo, he is in misery after being turned down by Rosaline. However, after meeting Juliet, Romeo is melancholy and cheerful. It is possible that Romeo is so happy at having his feelings returned, he does not consider the consequences of falling in love with a Capulet. In the same way, Juliet is so happy that she has a way out of marrying Paris, she does not give careful consideration to the trouble her relationship could bring. If either of the two characters had thought carefully about their relationship, the problems it could cause between the opposing families or the hurt it would cause their friends and parent, they may have reconsidered the marriage. This would have prevented the deaths of the two lovers and those close to them. ...read more.

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I believe that the two characters unwillingness to talk to their parents may have been one of the deciding factors of the outcome of Romeo and Juliet. At the time in which Romeo and Juliet was set, arranged marriages where commonplace, and even if marriage was not pre arranged, parents were extremely involved in all aspects of the courtship and wedding. However, since Romeo and Juliet have chosen to exclude their families from their relationship, making arrangements is left up to the two characters moral advisors, the Nurse and Friar Lawrence. Although the Nurse and Friar Lawrence care for Romeo and Juliet a great deal, they have commitments other than helping bring the two lovers together. It is therefore unsurprising that a lost letter, sent by Friar Lawrence, marks the beginning of a chain of events that leads to Romeo and Juliet's death. If the lovers confided in their parents, the Montagues and Capulets would be the only characters arranging meetings for their children. As Lady Capulet and Lady Montague seem extremely concerned with the welfare of their children at the beginning of the play, it is more likely that the letter would have reached Romeo. Although they feel unable to talk to their parents, Romeo and Juliet are still extremely protective of their friends and family. ...read more.

Conclusion

However, after hearing of Juliet's supposed death, Romeo ignores the Prince's warning and returns to Verona, 'I will hence tonight' 5,1,26. If Romeo took the Prince's warning more seriously he may have thought twice about returning to Verona and would not have mistaken Juliet's sleeping for death. Although I believe that, in the main, Romeo and Juliet's deaths were mainly down to their own self-destructive personalities, I think that fate still has a part to play. Even if their characteristics were different, the likeliness is that Juliet's parents would have still thrown a party and Mercutio would have persuaded Romeo to attend. It could therefore be said that Romeo and Juliet meeting was fate. I also believe that it is down to fate that Paris asked for Juliet's hand in marriage, thus giving reason to hold a party. Finally, I believe that fate had a part to play in the loosing of Friar's letter. However, if Romeo and Juliet's character's had been different, this lack of communication between the couple would not have lead to the disastrous results which ensued. I have therefore come to the conclusion that fate brought Romeo and Juliet together, mainly due to the Capulet's party. However, I also believe that Romeo and Juliet wasted the opportunity presented to them by fate, letting their weaknesses ruin their chances of true happiness. ...read more.

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