Romeo and Juliet is regarded as one of William Shakespeare’s most tragic love stories, which has its influence on many aspects of the entertainment industry. In the context of this play, there are uncertainties surrounding whether the fatalities occur as a result of free will or under the uncontrollable force of fate. Through Romeo and Juliet’s premeditated encounter, Shakespeare indicates that fate is primarily responsible for love at first sight. Simultaneously, Romeo and Juliet are also portrayed as victims of their own destiny which induces their misfortunes and deaths. Apart from being one of the major themes, fate is also a main contributor to the outcome of the play.
Then out of this hate comes a 'pair of star-crossed lovers' to 'take their lives.' This tragedy of Romeo and Juliet seems unstoppable right from the start. Throughout the play the audience watches that 'fearful passage of their death-mark'd love'. But who was responsible for the tragedy of the two lovers? Or was it just inevitable fate?
Fate caused Romeo and Juliet to fall in love as well as meddled in the situations regarding both Romeo and Juliet, therefore causing their demise and fulfilling its duty. While it may have been hard to see at times, Fate was omnipresent throughout the play and played a significant role in the end. The star-crossed lovers were doomed; they just refused to see their fate. Works Cited The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet: And Related Readings. Evanston, IL: McDougal Littell, 1997.
"From forth the fatal loins of these two foes A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life;" I don't agree with the quotation above because I think the tragic deaths of both Romeo and Juliet are caused by human decision. It is an indirect result of the decisions and actions of several characters. For example, Romeo decides to go to Capulet's party where he meets Juliet. Later on, Romeo and Juliet decide to get married which is another wrong decision in the story. Moreover, Friar Laurence agrees to marry the two secretly which is also a cause for their deaths.
“A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life.” Death lingers in the prologue, implying that something bad lies ahead for the young couple. “The fearful passage of their death mark’d love.” The prologue proposes that tragic accidents will happen to take away their parents hatred for one another and that fate is partly to blame for the causes of these accidents. “Whose misadventures piteous overthrows doth with their death bury their parents’ strife.” The first appearance of fate can be seen when Benvolio tries to persuade Romeo that his love for Rosaline is false. Romeo is mourning due to his unrequited love for Rosaline however; he is infatuated
As we can see, the impact of the families’ feud has lead to Tybalt’s hatred against Romeo (and all Montagues), and leads to the death of Mercutio, which in terms lead us to the advent of tragedy. In the scene of Mercutio’s death, Shakespeare uses characterisation and dramatic irony... ... middle of paper ... ...oesn't wake up, Romeo will soon take his own life. The scene where Juliet wakes and finds Romeo dead is symbolic in reiterating the tragic, but overwhelming control of fate over the star-crossed lovers. Therefore, the death of Mercutio have triggered a chain of tragic incidents and therefore establishes the major concerns of tragedy. Mercutio’s death as a turning point have greatly impacted to the establishment of the major concerns of tragedy.
After discovering each other’s identities, Romeo proclaims, "My life is my foe’s debt" (I,v,119), and Juliet states, "My only love sprung from my only hate" (I,v,140). These lines foreshadow that there will be many impediments keeping them apart and eventually killing them both. It might be thought that the tragic ending is caused by them choosing to love each other. However, if fate does not bring them together in the first place, they will never have the opportunity to establish their love. Romeo and Juliet are affected by their choices and fate right from the beginning.
The possibility of tragedy was established with Romeo attending the Capulet’s masque, pushing Juliet to agree to marry him and at last be married. The likeliness of their deaths was augmented by Romeo killing Tybalt and his banishment. At last, the tragedy took form when Romeo committed suicide follow by Juliet. At no point he was cautious while making his decisions or thought about the consequences of his actions. These actions caused a lot of unnecessary drama and led all the characters to their downfall.
What comes to mind when you hear the names Romeo and Juliet? I think of love, hate, and most of all tragedy. It is a tragedy because their love led to their deaths and because Romeo and Juliet were responsible for their own destiny. From the start to the end of their love affair they knew they were going against their parents’ wishes. Romeo and Juliet also made selfish and immature decisions.
This is shown in the following excerpt from the prologue: From forth the fatal loins of these two foes A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life; Whose misadventured piteous overthrows Doth with their death bury their parents' strife. The fearful passage of their death-marked love And the continuance of their parents' rage, Which, but their children's end, naught could remove, (Prologue.5-11) This passage means that the children of these two feuding families were fated to fall in love, and die, and their unlucky and pitiful demise would serve as grounds for the families to curb their fighting.