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Fate In William Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet

2865 words - 11 pages

Fate in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

The play, Romeo and Juliet, involves plenty of bad luck and misfortune
that ultimately

leads to the deaths of these star crossed lovers. Romeo and Juliet are
referred to as, "star

crossed lovers" because they were destined to fall in love and die a
tragic death. The stars

have decided that they would fall in love and die, with everyone else
the stars have

decided their future. The audience were given hints that Romeo and
Juliet were going to

die when the prologue stated, "Death-mark'd love." This gives a
warning of what to

expect. There are several incidences that symbolise misfortune and bad
luck. An obvious

indication to the audience that something tragic will occur, is when
Romeo had bad

dreams and premonitions often involving death. In the play, the
prologue refers to an

ancient grudge between the Capulets and Montagues, which attracts our
attention to

human error. This is because grudges can cause lethal rage and bring
out the worst in

someone, which are few of the characteristics that we regret having.
If the parents' rage

was not so powerful and rebellious, this tragedy may not have occurred
because the

parents would have accepted Romeo and Juliet to be married. There is a
lot of conflict in

the play between the characters. The characters personalities had a
variety of weaknesses;

we have seen anger, pride, arrogance, hastiness, deceit and ill
judgement. An example of

deceit is when Juliet insured her father, Lord Capulet that she would
marry Paris and beg

for forgiveness, "Pardon, I beseech you! Henceforward I am ever rul'd
by you." Lord

Capulet was pleased and took immediate effect, "Send for the County,
go tell him of this.

I'll have this knot knit up tomorrow morning." This instantaneous
response by Lord

Capulet could be to prevent Juliet to change her mind. I will analyse
each character and

decide who was to blame for Romeo and Juliet's death. Also, I will
focus on the instances

of misfortune that hugely contributed to their deaths.

There were several characters that could be blamed for Romeo and
Juliet's death. Some

of the character flaws were knock on effects in future events that all
contributed towards

their death.

One of the main characters to blame was Tybalt. This is because he was
very violent,

unforgiving and full of rage, "What, drawn and talk of peace? I hate
the word…" This

quote is from Tybalt in Act 1 Scene 1 when fighting Benvolio. This
quote tells us that he

does not like peace and prefers to fight. It suggests to the audience
that he is a violent and

a bloodthirsty character. His characteristics contributed to the
deaths of Romeo and Juliet

because he had the chance...

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