William Shakespeare 's Romeo And Juliet

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William Shakespeare’s play, Romeo and Juliet was written in 1597 and has gained worldwide fame for its renowned way of portraying themes, such as love, hate, responsibility and family. One of the most prominent themes in the play is fate. Readers learn in the prologue, before the play has even began, that the play is set to end in tragedy. Readers learn that Romeo and Juliet are a pair of “star crossed lovers” who “take their life”. Events in the play lead up to the tragic ending for the pairing. These events that helped lead Romeo and Juliet to their tragic ending are, Romeo receiving the invitation to the Capulet party, Romeo murdering Tybalt after Mercutio’s death and the letter not arriving to Romeo to warn him of Juliet’s fake death plan. It is not a coincidence that Romeo and his cousin, Benvolio are invited to a Capulet house party by a servant, unaware they are both Montagues. The servant tells Romeo and Benvolio: “My master is the great rich Capulet, and, if you be not / of the house of Montagues, I pray come and crush a / cup of wine" (Act 1, Scene 2). The two of them are invited to the party, which is the place Romeo and Juliet first meet. Before Romeo attends the party, he says "Some consequence yet hanging in the stars / shall bitterly begin this fearful date" (Act 1, Scene 4). Romeo is already predicting that he feels something bad might happen if he attends, the consequence being their deaths. However, Romeo still attends the party and meets Juliet for the first time. The pair are instantly wrapped up in their love for each other. After their first meeting, Juliet asks her Nurse to find out who this mystery man is, oblivious to the fact that Romeo is a Montague. “Go ask his name. Nurse goes. If he be married, my g... ... middle of paper ... ... and fighting off Juliet’s ex-fiancé, Paris, Romeo ends up killing himself, still unaware that Juliet is not really dead. Juliet awakes to find Romeo lying dead near her. Juliet ends up killing herself as well with a sword, ending their love affair in the complete tragedy, as fate had already stated. Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet successfully portrayed several themes throughout his play, including love, hate, responsibility and family, but one of the most prominent is fate. The pair of star crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet were destined to end in tragedy. The events that led to their tragic end included, Romeo being invited to the Capulet party where Romeo and Juliet first meet, Romeo murdering Tybalt, and the letter not arriving to warn Romeo of Juliet’s fake death. Fate led Romeo and Juliet to their deaths and there was nothing the pair could do about this.
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