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To what extent are Romeo and Juliet victims of fate?

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Richard Hughes 11T To what extent are Romeo and Juliet victims of fate? In this play we quickly begin to understand that Romeo and Juliet are victims of fate, we can see this because they are both born into conflicting families whom are named the Capulets and the Montague. In the prologue it says, "From forth the fatal loins of these two foes, two star crossed lovers take their life", this refers to the fate and inevitability of the two characters, both Romeo and Juliet, and their paths crossing each other, it also means unlucky because in the end their affair ends badly. They are victims of fate because they have both been drawn into a situation of love which is forbidden by their families, both lovers are aware of this but they are still attracted to each other. The first time Romeo and Juliet met it was fate that brought them together, which was at the Capulet's party. ...read more.

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Mercutio's last line in the play, "plague on both your houses", triggers fate and something will consequently happen to Romeo's and Tybalt's family which we later find out is the death of Romeo and Juliet. Almost straight after Mercutio dies, Romeo feels the only way to restore his pride is to kill Tybalt, therefore as he does this, it traps him into a situation where his decline is inevitable. This marks the halfway point in the play, but also a turning point, where Romeo and Juliet's love is replaced with violence. There are many point in the play where Romeo and Juliet are harsh victims of fate. When Friar Lawrence tries to help Romeo and Juliet by creating a plan to let the two of them be together after Romeo has been banished, fate seems to allows be one step ahead and ensures that the cleverly thought up plan malfunctions with awful and desperate consequences as both Romeo and Juliet end up taking their own lives as a result of the plan. ...read more.

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Also when Romeo reaches Juliet and believes she's dead he cries out, "Then I defy you, stars," which completes the idea that Romeo and Juliet's love is in opposition with fate and destiny. Overall, the play is largely to do with fate and destiny, whether it was that or misfortune would make no difference although if it were misfortune you would have to be extremely unlucky to get that many bad things happen to you in the space of about a week. However it could have been guided differently if Romeo had made more choices for himself, for instance not go to the Capulet party, and to be closer to his family morals. Juliet is merely caught up in all this, although fate does intervene with her a few times, its not nearly as much as it did with Romeo, although Juliet still suffers as much from fate effecting Romeo and seems to be an innocent victim of fate. For fate is not what they choose but what chooses them. ...read more.

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