Fate And Fate In Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet

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The tragedy of Romeo and Juliet can be held accountable by fate and destiny. A predetermined course with an inevitable outcome is fate, which all individuals must meet. Fate is not the only factor contributing to the deaths of Romeo and Juliet; many characters with unintentional doings can also be blamed for the deaths of these lovers. Furthermore, the enmity and the pressure created by the parents of Romeo and Juliet can also hold much blame for their downfall. Hence, no one factor or character can be blamed for the tragedy.
Fate plays a significant role in the deaths of these two protagonists. Romeo and Juliet are both considered “star-crossed lovers” (Prologue) because their fortunes were marred by the impact of the stars. This was a superstition
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Juliet 's parents are to be blamed as they insisted Juliet have an arranged marriage with Paris. Juliet was willing to marry Paris as Old Capulet said he would not permit disobedience. “Hang thee, young baggage, disobedient wretch! I tell thee what – get thee to church Thursday or never look me in the face” (Act III Sc v). Because Juliet could neither refuse the proposal or tell her parents about her marriage with Romeo, she had to go to Friar Lawrence for help. The Friar advised that she should pretend to be dead, so she could sneak off with Romeo. If Old Capulet hadn’t forced Juliet to marry Paris so soon, none of these events would have occurred, and the deaths of Romeo and Juliet could have been prevented. As said in the prologue “Two households, both alike in dignity, in fair Verona, where we lay our scene, from ancient grudge break to new mutiny, where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.” This statement gives insight and cautions the audience about the ongoing feud between the Capulets and Montagues. Due to this feud the lovers had to keep their relationship a secret from their parents. If their families had not been feuding Romeo and Juliet could have openly told their parents about their feelings. Both the lovers were dispirited after realizing they were in love with their foe. When Juliet discovered who Romeo was, she said, “O Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo? Deny thy father and refuse thy name, or if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love, and I’ll no longer be a Capulet” (Act II Sc ii).What Juliet meant to say is why are you, Romeo? Refuse your name or disown your family, or I’ll change my name and no longer be a Capulet, this way we can be together and forget the feud between our families. Juliet also said, “So Romeo would were he no Romeo call’d, retain that dear perfection which he

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