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The Chorus describes Romeo and Juliet as "star-crossed lovers" Do you think that fate is wholly to blame for what happened to them?

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The Chorus describes Romeo and Juliet as "star-crossed lovers" Do you think that fate is wholly to blame for what happened to them? We are introduced to the idea of Romeo and Juliet being controlled by fate from the start of the play in the chorus, however there may have been other factors controlling their destiny, so was fate wholly to blame, or are there a combination of other reasons why they ended how they did? Shakespeare is the one who first plants the idea of fate into the readers mind by describing Romeo and Juliet as "star- crossed lovers," This is effective in setting the scene and the main characters relationship. It suggests that it was written in the stars that they should be together and so they cannot escape it. Shakespeare continues to use the idea of fate throughout the play. Before the party, Romeo has a fearful premonition; he is feeling tense and worried. He believes that fate, "hanging in the stars," is going to make things go wrong at the party. He senses that "some consequence, will, "bitterly begin his fearful date." He is obviously scared by the premonition as he uses the word "fearful". ...read more.

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He feels that it was his fault as it was him who came up with the plan to fake Juliet's death. But he soon realises that it was down to fate, "Guilty of this lamentable chance." He sees it as a crime that fate and chance have done this. He believes that fate could not have been stopped, "Of death, contagion and unnatural sleep. A greater power than we can contradict." Friar Lawrence means that all these bad things are controlled by something so great that we cannot control it. He too thinks that their love was down to fate or chance and so were their deaths. However there are other factors that could be to blame for what happened to Romeo and Juliet. Romeo was a very passionate person; he often let his emotions take over his actions. For example, when he killed Tybalt in revenge for Mercutio's death. He did not think he just let his anger get the better of him and the consequences had dramatic effects and contributed to what happened. If Romeo had not of killed Tybalt then he would not have been banished and Capulet would not have brought the wedding nearer in an attempt to cheer Juliet up. ...read more.

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Mercutio says that Queen Mab chooses what we dream about, " Through lover's brains and then they dream of love." He is saying that she should not be trusted and there is no truth in them. He says that dreams are just, "Children of an idle brain," they are untrue; they play with the mind whilst it is idle. Dreams are also proven untruthful after Romeo dreams of, "joyful news." He dreamt that he died but Juliet kissed him, which "revived" him and brought him back to life. He is feeling happy and "cheerful". He says that, "an unaccustomed spirit lifts me above the ground." This means that something, he does not know what, has made him happy, joyful and in good spirits. But we know that the dream is untrue, as Juliet does not bring him back to life with a kiss. This shows dreams to be untrustworthy. In conclusion both fate and factors concerning the characters played a part in what happened to Romeo and Juliet. I do not think that fate is wholly to blame but I do believe that it did have effects on the outcome of the characters. However, even if they had done things differently it does not mean that things would have ended better. Maybe they could not have escaped their fate, as Friar Lawrence believes, "Of death, contagion and unnatural sleep. A greater power than we can contradict." ...read more.

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