Fate in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet
'Romeo and Juliet' takes place in Verona, Northern Italy. The city is
divided by civil war between two noble families, the Capulets and the
Montagues. The feud is an old one, from 'ancient grudge to new
mutiny'. The cause of this 'ancient grudge' is not known; there seems
no solution and just pure hate. Then out of this hate comes a 'pair of
star-crossed lovers' to 'take their lives.'
This tragedy of Romeo and Juliet seems unstoppable right from the
start. Throughout the play the audience watches that 'fearful passage
of their death-mark'd love'. But who was responsible for the tragedy
of the two lovers? Or was it just inevitable fate?
From the very beginning of the play the pure hatred between the two
families and all those involved is visible. Fighting between the two
groups is a common thing, even the prince of Verona himself is unable
to find anyway of stopping the hatred in his city. Then out of this
hatred Romeo and Juliet meet and fall in love. The twists and turns of
their objectionable affair throughout the play lead up to killing. But
who is responsible for the horrific death of the 'star crossed
lovers'? Different characters all play a part in the death. This essay
will analyse the key areas of the play and the effect they have on the
final outcome of the play.
Romeo and Juliet meet at Capulet's party, Romeo bowled over by the
beauty of Juliet approaches her to dance. They talk romantically to
each other almost as if they truly were in 'love at first sight.'
After departing they both realise their 'true loves' identity.
"My only love sprung from my only hate"
Juliet tells her nurse and 'mother-type figure' of her immediate
devotion for Romeo. The nurse urges Juliet to forget about Romeo, she
clearly disapproves of their affair. However, not much later Romeo and
Juliet meet again.
Impulsive Romeo sneaks into Juliet's orchard later that night. He is
desperate to see Juliet again despite the fact that she is a Capulet
and his strongest enemy. Romeo is taunted by his friends for his
'ladies man' attitude. He is a hopeless romantic and often infatuates
about different women. However, after his brief encounter with Juliet
he is sure that she is the one and is determined to meet her again. He
is irresponsible in his carelessness by sneaking into the Capulet's
grounds, he does not think of the consequences. Yet, this shows his
desperation, the love he feels for Juliet and his determination to be
"It is my lady, O it is my love"
Romeo sees Juliet and immediately declares his love for her, he speaks
in love poetry. Juliet comes out onto her balcony soon after, mixed
with excitement and fright of her love for Romeo. She speaks of her
love for Romeo, believing she is alone. Juliet despite finding...