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Star Crossed Lovers Essay

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Sometimes love and relationships are doomed from the start and can be hindered and derailed by an outside, unknown force. Some believe that destiny is inevitable and when star-crossed lovers happen to cross each other’s path, their romance will usually result in an unlucky outcome. In William Shakespeare’s play The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, a pair of teenagers’ lives are sacrificed in order to break the many long years of hate and detestation between two families: the Montagues and the Capulets. While many characters played a crucial role in contributing to the deaths of Romeo and Juliet, fate was the preeminent cause of their suicides.
It was fate that Romeo and Juliet fell in love and happened to be on rival sides of their families. They are the children of two families who have held a grudge over each other since ancient times for an unknown reason. Needless to say, Romeo and Juliet are doomed to be in love. Soon after meeting Juliet for the first time and falling in love with her, Romeo discovered who she is and said, “Is she a Capulet? O dear account! My life is my foe's debt” (Act 1, Scene 5, Line 116-117). Since Romeo had already fell in love Juliet before he found out that she was a Capulet, he could not help but still love her, despite the fact that they were born into rivaling families. He loved Juliet even though it was forbidden. Similarly, when Juliet’s nurse tells her that Romeo is a Montague, she says, “My love sprung from my only hate! Too early seen unknown, and known too late! Prodigious birth of love it is to me that I must love a loathed enemy,” (Line 136-139). When Juliet finds that her new love is also her adversary, it is too late for her to hate Romeo. Later, Juliet is found outside, standing on her balcony. She confesses her love for Romeo, not knowing that he was hiding nearby and could hear what she was saying. Juliet asks why Romeo had to be someone from her enemy’s family and she says, “O Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo? Deny thy father and refuse thy name! Or, if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love, and I’ll no longer be a Capulet,” (Act 2, Scene 2, Line 33-36). Although the two are aware of their family feud, they continue to see each other romantically, ignoring the consequences and the obvious signs of their fate.
It is by fate that Romeo and Juliet even met at the party to start with. In the first act, Romeo and his cousin, Benvolio, are walking through Verona, when an illiterate servant happens to stumble upon them, needing an invitation to be read. After Romeo read the invitation aloud, the servant replies, “My master is the great rich Capulet, and, if you be not...

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