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The Role Of Fate In William Shakespeare's The Tragedy Of Romeo And Juliet

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The Role of Fate in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

'Romeo and Juliet', the first romantic tragedy was based on a poem
translated from the French 'Novella' (1595).

Romeo Montague, who is in love with Rosaline, goes to a party in an
attempt to take his mind off her. At this party he meets Juliet
Capulet and immediately falls in love with her. Later he finds out
that she is a Capulet, the rival family of the Montagues. He decides
that he loves her in spite of this, and so does Juliet. They confess
their love for each other during the very famous balcony scene in
which they agree to secretly marry the next day. Friar Laurence agrees
to marry them in an attempt to end the fight between the families.

Unfortunately, the fight between the Montagues and the Capulets gets
worse and Mercutio (Romeo's best friend) ends up in a fight with
Tybalt (Juliet's cousin). Tybalt kills Mercutio, which causes Romeo to
kill Tybalt in a fit of rage. For this, Prince (the Chief of Police)
banishes Romeo from Verona.

Juliet Capulet, according to her parents' wish, is to be married off
to Paris. She does not want to marry him so she arranges with Friar
Laurence to fake her own death with a sleeping potion that will make
everyone think that she is dead. Friar Laurence promises to send word
to Romeo to meet her when the potion wears off and to take her to
Mantua (where Romeo is residing, after being banished from Verona).

Unfortunately, Romeo does not receive this message on time and upon
hearing of her death, he goes to Juliet's empty tomb where he drinks
poison and dies. When Juliet's potion wears off, she awakens to find
her lover's corpse beside her. She then stabs herself with Romeo's
dagger. The two families find the bodies of the unfortunate lovers and
decide to make peace with each other.

In 1564, William Shakespeare was born in a poor family, given little
education, and had no interaction with society. But 38 plays and over
150 sonnets are attributed to this ignorant man. In addition to
exposing people to a multitude of literary techniques, Shakespeare's
plays express a profound knowledge of human behaviour and offer
insight into the world around us.

William Shakespeare is recognised by much of the world as the greatest
of all dramatists. The intricate meanings, extensive vocabulary, and
powerful imagery contained within his works demonstrate his story
telling ability. Evident in Shakespeare's plays is the broad use of
irony, imagery, rhythm and other literary devices. Through these
devices, he establishes atmosphere and character.

Although Shakespeare wrote his plays over 350 years ago, the relevance
of their themes and subjects still exists. The morals and values
presented in his works speak to the audience, often offering a new
perspective on the world in which they...

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