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The prologue calls Romeo and Juliet 'a pair of star crossed lovers' To what extent do you think fate is to blame for the tragedy?

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Samantha Bennett English The prologue calls Romeo and Juliet 'a pair of star crossed lovers' To what extent do you think fate is to blame for the tragedy? Before starting to decide to what extent fate was responsible for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet, I should first decide what is fate? According to the dictionary, fate is the 'inevitable destiny or necessity destined term of life; doom.' This basically means, that fate can be described as a pre-planned sequence of events influencing ones life. In Romeo and Juliet, it is obviously true to say that fate was a contributor to the deaths of the young couple, but could it have been the sole contributor? From the beginning of the play it is clear that Romeo and Juliet are doomed to die, They are considered victims of circumstance but the question is did they have responsibility for their fate? Could things have been different? Was it a bad series of events, was it a coincidence that fate was against them, were outside forces against them, It is not just a coincidence the language used in the prologue 'star-crossed lovers' and 'death-marked love' shows that it was all meant to happen from the beginning of the play, the words 'star-crossed' refers to an astrological outlook on destiny that was widely accepted ...read more.

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Juliet could not have faced the idea of never seeing Romeo again she may have rather have committed suicide than live her life in depression, so again the couple may have been fated to die no matter what influence the friars decisions had on them. Romeo was of course a sole contributor to the deaths of himself and Juliet, If he had not acted so hastily throughout the play then the deaths many have been prevented, for example if Romeo had not suggest marriage so soon after meeting Juliet the result may have been different, Romeo should have also not acted so hastily at the news of Juliet's death and should not have rushed back to Verona but should have waited for news from the Friar. Romeo again acted without thinking when he killed Tybalt and then later Paris, maybe therefore if Romeo had thought a little before he acted then the deaths may have again been prevented. Juliet is another obvious sole contributor, If she had not deceived and disobeyed her parents wishes as she did then the death of the couple would have almost certainly have been prevented, this was a very strange thing for a daughter to do in the period the play was written in, it would have been expected in Juliet's case for her to respect ...read more.

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Friar Lawrence refers to fate when hear hears of the news that Romeo has not received his letter 'Unhappy fortune! By my brotherhood, The letter was not nice but full of charge Of dear importance...' This quotation shows the worry Friar Lawrence experiences when he relies the consequences that could arise from this. Shakespeare could have worded this quotation differently to express the blame on the messenger instead he expresses it through the fault of fortune; this is a good example of the beliefs concerning fate in the period the play was written in. A final example of reference to fate is again Friar Lawrence talking to Juliet shortly before she stabs herself 'A greater power than we can contradict Hath thwarted our intents' The 'greater power' Friar Lawrence is referring to is again fate, but his statement does not make any impact on Juliet cause she then commits suicide, hear again Shakespeare chases to lay the blame on a higher power then on a individual, showing the audience that no one person or thing was to blame for the deaths of the couple but it was the fate of them to die. After reading the play as to how far fate was to blame for the death of the young couple I have reached the conclusion that fate was to great extent responsible. ...read more.

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