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Victim Or Culprit? Essay

923 words - 4 pages

Most of the time, young minds are not always capable of making good decisions. Romeo and Juliet refused to see this, which ultimately led them to their demise. Their course of action had disrupted the great chain of being, which started and concluded the chaos in the play. Furthermore, Shakespeare had written out alternate option for both the lovers and yet, they both refused to see them, and continued to disrupt the system. Finally, Romeo and Juliet had acted with haste, sealing their tragic fate.The choices the that the two “star-crossed lovers” made, led them to their death.

It was common knowledge that a disruption of the great chain of being, causes chaos, and yet, Romeo and Juliet tried to alter it anyways.When Romeo and Juliet fell in love, they were altering fate. At the end of act one, scene 5, Juliet realizes that Romeo was a Montague, and says this, “My only love sprung from my only hate”(I. v, 138). Romeo and Juliet still chose to pursue their love for each other, even though the feud between the Capulets and Montagues would most certainly not allow it. By continuing to love each other, they were trying to overpower destiny. Because the order had to be restored, fate went against them. If Romeo and Juliet had tried to go along with what was already written in the stars, they may have survived and lived a prosperous life. The two also went against their parents and elders. Juliet does this in act three, when she refuses Lord Capulet’s (her father’s) proposal to marry Paris. Lord Capulet responds with intense rage and says things like, “Hang thee, young baggage! Disobedient wretch! I tell thee what: get thee to church o’Thursday, or never after look me in the face. Speak not, reply not, do not answer me!”(III. v, 161-164). Lord Capulet is not angry about the fact that Juliet does not want to marry, but rather, because Juliet had said disobeyed him. Even after that scene, Juliet still chose not to go along with the marriage. If she had not done that, maybe Romeo and Juliet would still be living. If they had sought out other options, they may have lived a better life.

In the play, Shakespeare had written out other options for both, Romeo and Juliet. Juliet was given the opportunity to be with Paris, who would have made a much better suitor. Paris actually did love Juliet, and maybe, Juliet could have learned to love him back. At the end of Act three, Nurse had also recommended that Juliet marry Paris, saying, “I think it best that you married with the County. O, he’s a lovely gentleman!…...

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