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To What Extant Was Fate Responsible For The Deaths Of Romeo And Juliet?

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To What Extant Was Fat Responsible For The Deaths Of Romeo And Juliet? Before judging to what extent Fate was responsible for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet, we must first answer what is fate? In Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, it is true to say that Fate was the main theme to the deaths of the Romeo and Juliet. In the today's world, most people think that they have a sense of responsibility and can control their own lives. They suppose that their problems are caused by the actions of themselves or those influencing them. Four characters in the play intensely show us the tragic path of the young couple: (apart from Romeo and Juliet themselves) Mercutio, the Nurse, Tybalt and the Friar. Mercutio, one of Romeo's friends and a supporter of the Montague household, changed the course of events by encouraging Romeo to go the Capulet's party and trying to start the fight with Tybalt in town. If Mercutio had not encouraged Romeo to go to the Capulet's dance then Romeo and Juliet would never have met and their deaths would have been averted. If Mercutio had not argued with Tybalt in town whilst out with Romeo and Benvolio, Romeo would never have got into his fight with Tybalt and therefore would not have been banished. ...read more.

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Romeo acts too hastily throughout the play: he shouldn't have asked Juliet to marry him so suddenly, and he should have thought more carefully before rushing back to Verona after hearing of Juliet's death. Romeo also acted violently and without thinking when he killed Tybalt and later, Paris. Perhaps if he had thought about what he was doing a little more before acting, the deaths of him and Juliet would have been prevented. Juliet, the beloved daughter of Lord and Lady Capulet and Romeo's lover, was also a major influence on the events leading up to the deaths of her and her husband. Juliet shouldn't have deceived and disobeyed her parents, and, like Romeo, she was too hasty in rushing into marriage. She was already engaged to marry Paris at the time of the ball, and until then, had been very happy with her parents choice. If Juliet had not been so fickle as to fall in love with Romeo on the night of the party, they both may still have kept their lives. Some people argue that Shakespeare wanted us to believe this was the case in Romeo and Juliet, and several quotations from the play can support this view. ...read more.

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By including these lines, Shakespeare increases the tension in the audience by giving a clue as to how the lovers will meet their deaths. Friar Lawrence refers to fate when he is told that Romeo did not receive his vitally important letter. "Unhappy fortune! By my brotherhood, The letter was not nice but full of charge Of dear import..." This quotation displays the worry of the Friar as he realises the disastrous consequences that could unfold if Romeo does not receive his letter in time. Shakespeare could have phrased this sentence differently to place the blame upon the messenger, but instead he expresses it as though it was the fault of fortune. This is a prime example of the beliefs concerning fate in the 16th century. A final example of one of the characters from the play referring to fate is when Friar Lawrence is talking to Juliet shortly before she stabs herself: "A greater power than we can contradict Hath thwarted our intents." The 'greater power' that Friar Lawrence refers to is, of course, fate. His statement does not make Juliet feel any better however, as she commits suicide! Shakespeare again chooses to place the blame on a higher power rather than an individual, signifying his desire to make the audience believe that no one person or thing was responsible for the deaths Romeo and Juliet but fate. ...read more.

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