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Were Romeo and Juliet victims of fate, love, society or love?

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Romeo and Juliet Were Romeo and Juliet victims of fate, love, society or love? That question has been the topic of many discussions and arguments over the years and the answer is all four plus the interaction and complications of other characters in the play. Fate plays the first and maybe most important role in the play, it is the foundation and explanation as to why Romeo and Juliet fell in love. At the very beginning in the prologue is the first mention of fate, 'a pair of star crossed lovers,' (Prologue, line 6) this shows that later on in the play there will be something in the stars that will guides the lovers together. Just before the Capulet party it all begins to make sense as Mercutio talks of Queen Mab the fairies midwife who goes through lovers minds at night so they dream of love, 'O, then, I see Queen Mab hath been with you. She is the fairies' midwife, ... And in this state she gallops night by night Through lovers' brains, and then they dream of love; O'er courtiers' knees, that dream on court'sies straight, O'er lawyers' fingers, who straight dream on fees, O'er ladies ' lips, who straight on kisses dream, Which oft the angry Mab with blisters plagues, Because their breaths with sweetmeats tainted are' (Act 1, Scene 4 Line 53-76) ...read more.

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(Act 3, Scene 5, Line 54-58) She is foretelling the death of Romeo and her own future in these four lines and that she doubts that they will see each other alive. 'O fortune, fortune! All men call thee fickle: If thou art fickle, what dost thou with him. That is renown'd for faith? Be fickle, fortune; for then, I hope, thou wilt not keep him long, But send him back.' (Act 3, Scene 5, Line 59-64) Juliet is requesting that fate be fickle but let her see Romeo again as she hopes his destiny will not keep him from her for very long. Fate is a main characteristic to the play and it adds a lot of suspense to the scenes especially to Act 5, Scene 3, 'O give me thy hand, one writ with me in sour misfortune's book!' (Act 5, Scene 3, Line 80-81), Romeo is saying that as him and Juliet loved then they can write in the book of misfortune all there sufferings and die as great lovers. The Capulets and Montague's were feuding families and a lot of their hate caused Romeo and Juliet to take their lives. The very first words of the play are, 'From ancient blood break to new mutiny, where civil blood makes civil hands unclean. ...read more.

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(Act 2, Scene 2, Line 38-48) Juliet feels that her name has no importance anymore as it is not a real thing just a name, she compares it to a rose and how if that was called another name it would still be the same as before. She wants Romeo to stay the perfection that she first met and that she would rid her name for him to take all of her. Romeo hears her and responds quickly, 'I take thee at thy word: Call me but love, and I'll be new baptized; henceforth I never will be Romeo.' (Act 2, Scene 2, Line 49-51) Romeo is stating that me will re-new himself for her and she will never need to refer to him as Romeo again. Juliet is startled and embarrassed that someone has over heard her talking about her love and asks who is there, Romeo replies again, 'By a name I know not how to tell thee who I am: My name, dear saint, is hateful to myself, because it is an enemy to thee; had I it written, I would tear the word.' (Act 2, Scene 2, Line 53-57) Romeo again is saying I will not repeat my name as it is an enemy to yours, if his name, Montague, were written down he would tear it to prove his love. ?? ?? ?? ?? Sarah Powell 10D English Essay Ms Mortimer ...read more.

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