Romeo and Juliet Act III Assessment
For many, opportunities often arise that lead people to take the necessary actions in order to take control of the world around them. But without even realizing it, people are often forced into these situations through the actions of others, hinting the presence of fate. In the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, the two constantly make hurried decisions as they are pushed into situations that are out of their control from a greater power other than their own. Shakespeare clearly portrays Romeo and Juliet as “star-crossed” lovers because while they often do make their own decisions, it is the actions and choices of others that inevitably lead them to their own fate.
There are many examples of the presence of fate in the text, constantly reminding the reader of the presence of a greater force bringing Romeo and Juliet together, and in some cases, apart. An example of this destiny happens early on in the book when Romeo and Juliet are led ...view middle of the document...
The servingman could have easily come out a minute earlier or later and picked someone else for help to also invite, but he did not suggesting that it truly was not just coincidence, but fate had brought them both to that spot at the right time. If the servingman were not to have asked Romeo that day to help read the guest list, Romeo would never have gone to the party to meet Juliet, never leading them to their sudden love.
While the actions of the servingman pushed the two lovers together, the exploits of Tybalt fatefully pushed them apart. Being that Tybalt saw Romeo at the Capulet party that Romeo had accidentally been invited to, Tybalt became enraged and sought to get revenge on Romeo for such an act.
Tybalt: “-Gentlemen, good e’en. A word with one of you.”
Mercutio: “And but one word with one of us? Couple it with
something: make it a word and a blow.” (III.i.36-38).
At this time, Romeo was not involved whatsoever in the fight that later commenced between Tybalt and Mercutio, so Romeo had no way to stop or have any other involvement in it. But both Tybalt made decisions for themselves to start the fight, conducting Romeo’s path to his exilation. But by the time Tybalt had slain Mercutio, Romeo’s fate was already set out for him. It was almost as if someone had known Romeo would kill Tybalt if Tybalt had killed Mercutio, so this outside person had caused the two to start a fight without even Romeo needing to get involved until the end. But due to Romeo’s typical attitude, he thought too quickly, unrecognizing the consequences that were inexorable, and impulsively slew Tybalt. While this may have been a decision of his own, Romeo was compelled to kill Tybalt after what he had done to one of his best friends.
In such acts as those portrayed by Shakespeare in the novel, it is the actions and choices of others that push both Romeo and Juliet to do things that they may not have done without the help of another force acting upon them. Without such feats as those of Tybalt or the servingman, for example, Romeo may have never been exiled, and furthermore he and Juliet would have never met. Overall many of the events in the novel compel the readers to understand how fate acts upon the two throughout.