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Was The Meeting Of Romeo And Juliet Fate Or Folly ?

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Romeo and Juliet: Fate or Folly The tragic story of Romeo and Juliet is explained briefly to by the prologue. This prologue tells the audience some background information about the play and how it all started off. The prologue starts off by saying "Two households, both alike in dignity". This is talking about both the house of Montague and of Capulet, and how they are both respected by the public equally but their need to be greater than each other has caused war between the two families. The place where these two families are is located in Verona which is a small town in Italy. "Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean" this means that the war between the two families has broken out into the streets of Verona and caused the deaths on innocent members of the public. "From forth the fatal loins if these two foes, a pair of star crossed lovers take their life" this line refers to Romeo and Juliet. They are both the children of these two houses who are constantly at war, and from this they fall in love even though their families are constantly trying to kill each other. "Doth with their death, bury their parents strife". This line refers towards the end of the play when both Romeo and Juliet kill themselves, and with doing stop the war between their families because they realised what their argument has caused. ...read more.


So Juliet's father decides to hold a party so that they both can meet socially. This is when, Romeo's best friend, is invited to this social gathering and decides to gate crash the party he invites Romeo but he is still sad about his past love. Benivolo tries to explain his reasons why Romeo should come with him to the ball and how to forget about Rosaline, he tries to explain his points to Romeo and make Romeo understand these points and persuade him to believe in what he believes in. Once at the ball Romeo catches his first glimpse of Juliet he describes her as a person who catches his attention as he says "which doth enrich the hand of yonder knight?" translated it means which person is this that takes my interest. This shows that Romeo has already forgotten about his first love, and that pain she put him through, he now seeks Juliet. This is where the first problem occurs between Tyblat, Juliet's cousin; he see's Romeo and will stand him at the party because they are both sworn enemies. As Tybalt says "I will not endure him", in other words is trying to say that he cannot stand Romeo and he might do something drastic if he does not leave. ...read more.


Fortune is described by her as fickle, which is caused by accident, and fate which is like concrete you cannot break it because it cannot be changed no matter what. We then see in act 5 when Juliet is rushing off to the friar because she seems to have a problem and that is that she would rather jump off the battlement of the tower than marry Paris as she says " O bid me leap, rather than marry Paris from the battlements of any tower". The only solution that the friar can think of is to give Juliet a potion which will give the illusion of death, which means that she will then be able to run away with Romeo. Near the final scene of act 4 we see Juliet 'dead'. Romeo is then told at the beginning of act 5 by his servant that Juliet is found dead, but he does not know of the plan to trick everyone and then run away and get them both married. Romeo opens his lines about a dream which he had and what he says is "my lady came and found me dead" he challenges the stars when he finds out that she is dead. This dramatically comes true as if to show where this love is going and how this fits into the idea that dreams could tell the future, give warnings etc. ...read more.

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