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"There was nothing that any of the characters could have done to avoid their deaths. They were preordained by Fate. Discuss

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English Essay "There was nothing that any of the characters could have done to avoid their deaths. They were preordained by Fate. Discuss The play, Romeo and Juliet, involves plenty of bad luck and misfortune that ultimately leads to the deaths of these star crossed lovers. Romeo and Juliet are referred to as, "star crossed lovers" because they were destined to fall in love and die a tragic death. The stars have decided that they would fall in love and die, with everyone else the stars have decided their future. The audience were given hints that Romeo and Juliet were going to die when the prologue stated, "Death-mark'd love." This gives a warning of what to expect. There are several incidences that symbolise misfortune and bad luck. An obvious indication to the audience that something tragic will occur, is when Romeo had bad dreams and premonitions often involving death. In the play, the prologue refers to an ancient grudge between the Capulets and Montagues, which attracts our attention to human error. This is because grudges can cause lethal rage and bring out the worst in someone, which are few of the characteristics that we regret having. If the parents' rage was not so powerful and rebellious, this tragedy may not have occurred because the parents would have accepted Romeo and Juliet to be married. There is a lot of conflict in the play between the characters. The characters personalities had a variety of weaknesses; we have seen anger, pride, arrogance, hastiness, deceit and ill judgement. ...read more.

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The Montagues were brought up to hate the Capulets and Capulets were bought up to hate Montagues, loosing sight the root of the grudge. Romeo had a flaw in his character that appeared obvious to the audience. He was quite shallow because at the beginning of the play he claimed that he loved Rosaline but when he spotted Juliet at the ball, he instantly forgot about her. This implies to the audience that he was only interested in the appearance of women and not their inner beauty. Further more if he was more considerate to his feelings for Rosaline he may not have tried to approach Juliet so quickly and so to never meet again. Romeo was partially responsible for his own death. This is because his hastiness resulted in him not receiving the letter from Friar Lawrence about his plan. If he had thought about going to Verona first he would have received the letter. This was a knock on effect from the Prince of Verona, Escales. Escales had banished Romeo from Verona as punishment for killing Tybalt. This final part in the play played a huge part because it would have made the difference of Romeo and Juliet dying tragically or living happily together. Romeo was partially responsible for Mercutio's death by being dishonest. When Tybalt challenged Romeo to a fight, he refused and Mercutio fought for him. He did not tell Mercutio why he didn't want to fight Tybalt. The reason was Tybalt is going to be his brother in law. ...read more.

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Another incidence of misfortune is Lord Capulet bringing forward the date of Juliet's marriage to County Paris. It is unlucky because if there was more time to the wedding, Romeo and Juliet could have thought up a better plan to escape together. Therefore, Romeo and Juliet still may be alive. A very misfortunate incident occurred near the end of the play, which would have made the difference of life and death. When Romeo received the news that Juliet was dead, he rushed to Verona so quickly that he did not receive the letter from Friar Lawrence. Eventually, Romeo drank potion from the apothecary just as Juliet awoke. This was a matter of seconds that killed the couple. Although, Romeo was hasty in making his decision the Balthasar had told him to have patience. Had he waited, the second letter would have arrived. So, this final part in the play could also be blamed on character flaws. It seems that every factor that could change the course of the pay was not on their side including, time, character flaws and fate. In the play, we have seen some pessimistic portents, often in the form of dreams. On the way to the Capulet party, Romeo admits: "My mind misgives. Some consequence yet hanging in the stars shall bitterly begin his fearful date with this night's revels, and expire the term of a despised life clos'd in my breast by some vile forfeit of untimely death." This quote from Romeo informs the audience that something terrible is waiting to happen and it is not in Romeo's control, it is controlled by the stars. ...read more.

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