The Destined Future Essay

1201 words - 5 pages

In the story Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, the “star-crossed” lovers took their life in an unfortunate series of events. Romeo, Juliet, and Friar Lawrence were all involved with the death of Romeo and Juliet. Romeo was impetuous and did not try to find the cause of Juliet’s “death”. Friar Lawrence was also unknowing of the future, but still gave an extremely important message, one that would define life and death, into the someone else’s hands. Certain actions, such as finding out about the Capulet party was fate. Although many events were caused by the lovers’ immaturity and impulsiveness, fate was the major cause for their deaths.
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Furthermore, after Romeo’s gaze moves from Rosaline to Juliet, he proclaims, “Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight! For ne’er saw true beauty till this night” (I. v. 59-60). Since Romeo declares his love towards Juliet, Juliet complies with Romeo and feels the same sense of attraction. Fate determined their meeting, as they are the children of bitter enemies and could never have met. Romeo and Juliet's first meeting is compulsory and sure to happen, fate being the most powerful force at work, determining their future.
The love between the two Romeo Montague, and Juliet Capulet was fated as they didn’t know each other’s identity until they realize their families held a grudge against each other. For example, when Romeo discovers who Juliet identity, he says to himself, "O dear account! My life is my foe's debt" (I. v. 132). Despite the fact that they were born into feuding families, Romeo can't help but love Juliet because he already loves her before he discovers her true identity as a Capulet. Therefore, it is fated that he loves Juliet even if it is forbidden. In addition, when Juliet finds out from the nurse 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" (I. v. 152-155). Since Juliet could not see beforehand that Romeo is an enemy, by fate, she begins to love him unconditionally. However, when she finds that her true love is also her true nemesis, it is too late for her to hate Romeo. Furthermore, while Benvolio and Mercutio are conversing, Benvolio states, “The day is hot, the Capels are abroad. And if we meet we shall not 'scape a brawl, for now, these hot days, is the mad blood stirring” (III. i. 2-4). Tybalt is destined to show up in search of Romeo after the party and kills Mercutio. Later, after Tybalt taunts Romeo, Tybalt dies by the hands of Romeo. All of these incidents were predetermined by fate, as it happened coincidentally. Romeo and Juliet’s affection towards each other was fated, as they fell in love at first sight, without knowing the full details of their lover.
The message being sent from the Friar to Romeo went through a process which happened by chance, which is the result of flaws in Friar Lawrence...

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