Apart from being one of the major themes, fate is also a main contributor to the outcome of the play. Shakespeare implies that love occurs as a result of fate which to a large extent, is responsible for Romeo and Juliet’s encounter. In the first few scenes of the play, there are several events which suggests that fate is responsible for the destined events which instigate their love. The servant is predestined to tell Romeo “come and crush a cup of wine” (act 1, scene 2, 79) due to the fact that Romeo would never have met Juliet if he was uninformed of this party. It is also fate which causes Romeo to attend the party and defy his instincts despite knowing that the event could “forfeit [his] untimely death” (act 1, scene 4, 113).
Normally, Romeo would not have gone after Tybalt but he is angered by Mercutio’s death and seeks revenge. Romeo regrets killing Tybalt and even he recognizes his flaw when he says, “Oh, I am fortune’s fool!” (III, I, 132). Romeo realizes that he should not have gone and attacked Tybalt and that there are serious consequences. Last but not least, Romeo... ... middle of paper ... ... feel pity and fear for Romeo and Juliet throughout the play. Undoubtedly, Romeo and Juliet is a bona fide Aristotelian tragedy because it contains hamartia, catharsis, and a tragic catastrophe.
71-72). In addition, Friar Lawrence marries Romeo and Juliet without even thinking of the consequences that the marriage will bring; he just does it in hopes that “this alliance may so happy prove to turn your households’ rancor to pure love” (2.3. 98-99). Friar Lawrence may have good intentions in mind, but his actions played a heavy role in the whole tragedy of Romeo and Juliet. Devising a risky and poorly thought out plan exemplifies one of the many mistakes made by Friar Lawrence, which led to the deaths of Romeo and Juliet.
Also, ‘freak’ accidents make the deaths more likely because of Juliet waking up straight after when Romeo dies. Love itself may have been the ‘vital’ key to all this because in the end the two will be drawn together in a sad, yet rather emotional ending to Shakespeare’s play. We can see that ‘Romeo and Juliet’ reflected some of the important events in Shakespeare’s own time because it was the age of Elizabeth I and James I, an age of a religious and political faction and of growing nationalism. Elizabeth’s father, Henry VIII disconnected the English Church from the Roman Catholic Church in protest because the P... ... middle of paper ... ... deaths are caused by ‘love’ and they died because they love each other and willing to give up including their own lives. Also, if they truly love each other, they will be inseparable.
Who is to Blame for Death in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet Beliefs are rested on the idea that fate killed Romeo and Juliet. People at this time also believed in arranged marriages. However many people and things can be considered to have increased the risk of their deaths therefore who or what is to blame for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet? Friar John must take some of the blame for their deaths, as the failure of the letter reaching Romeo is his fault. I could not send it- here it is again- Nor get a messenger to bring it thee, (5.2.15).
All though the audience may disagree at times, and believe that it is the characters, making their own decisions which is the reason for these unfortunate events, but fate is always linked to the characters as no matter what they decide fate always intervenes, In the opening scene, we learn of just how deep the hatred between th... ... middle of paper ... ...ars from a friend that Juliet has died. Romeo heads back to Verona to be with Juliet, he stops and visit’s Balthasar who gives him poison. As the news reaches the Friar, that the letter didn’t make it, he rushes to the Capulet’s tomb but he’s to late as fate has intervened again and he is to late. Romeo has taken the poison, which caused instant death, and Juliet had awoke and seen Romeo, she took his dagger and killed her self. I believe that Shakespeare wanted the audience to believe that fate was to blame and no matter what choices the characters made fate would always have intervened and the outcome would have been just as tragic.
The blindness of young love is another large theme in the play. Shakespeare shows this through the love Romeo and Juliet share. In Romeo and Juliet, fate was not the only cause of the deaths of the young couple; it could also have been brought about by the mistakes of themselves and the other characters in the play. The Prologue at the beginning of the play suggests it was mainly fate that was to blame and the audience gets a sense that the love between Romeo and Juliet is doomed. “A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life.” Death lingers in the prologue, implying that something bad lies ahead for the young couple.
Instead the blame has gone partly to their two families who have had an ancient feud between one another, if it was not for this Tybalt and Juliet would not of died and Romeo not exiled from Verona. Shakespeare added the two characters Friar Laurence and the nurse to mould the play together and also to make it more interesting. It was also because of these two characters that changed the fate of the two protagonists. He also added them to maintain the suspense within the play. Part of this is also the fault of the prince of Verona, as he did not introduce a strict ban against duelling between the two families Montague and Capulet until somebody died in the end.
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.
If you really think about it, Romeo actually played a role in Juliet's death. Juliet's actions in the play killed her. There are many ways she could have stopped her death, which would have also saved Romeo. When Romeo was banished her parents thought she was mourning over the loss of her dear cousi... ... middle of paper ... ...sideration instead of ordering her around. Lastly if Romeo and Juliet's ancestors had not started fighting in the first place the two lovers would not have had to hide their feelings, their marriage, and lie to their friends and family.