Fate In Shakespeare's The Tragedy Of Romeo And Juliet

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Whose fault is it really, when something unpredictable disrupts a plan? The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet is a play written by William Shakespeare, which raises this question. It tells the story of two teens, Romeo and Juliet, who fall in love, but are forced to keep it a secret because their families are enemies. They marry each other clandestinely, and a character named Friar Lawrence comes up with a plan to peacefully expose their relationship to the public. Juliet’s father, though, plans to marry her to another man shortly after, causing the Friar to have to alter his plan. In the end, his plan fails and Romeo and Juliet end up committing suicide. Fate is most responsible for this tragic ending, because it causes Friar Lawrence to have …show more content…
The messenger, Friar John, was attempts to carry out the part of Friar Lawrence’s plan which is to inform Romeo of Juliet’s faked death, so that he could come to her tomb and escape her from Verona. Instead, Romeo never gets the message because Friar John happens to get sick and is quarantined. Romeo’s friend sees Juliet unconscious after faking her death, and goes to Romeo to tell him that she is dead. Romeo is so distraught at the news that he travels to her tomb and commits suicide. Juliet then wakes up and sees Romeo’s corpse, and commits suicide as well. Friar John returns to Friar Lawrence after getting sick and tells him, “I could not send it [...]/ Nor get a messenger to bring it thee,/ so fearful were they of infection” (5.2.14-16). When he says that he “could not send it,” it shows how the situation was out of anybody’s hands, and was unpredictable. Furthermore, when he adds “Nor get a messenger to bring it,” it emphasizes how convenient the situation seems, and how fate likely played a role in how drastically it ruined the Friar’s plan. Sickness is out of any person’s control in this time period, so it is fate’s fault that Friar John gets sick. In The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, fate constantly influences Romeo and Juliet’s lives, slowly leading them to their demise. In the end fate is most responsible for their deaths. It first

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