Fate in Romeo and Juliet Essay

772 Words Jul 27th, 2005 4 Pages
If the Titanic did not bump into the iceberg, a tragedy could have been avoided. Why did Hitler get elected? Maybe then the holocaust could have been avoided. If a plane flight was cancelled on 9/11, we might have avoided the deaths of thousands. Why did Romeo meet Juliet in the first place? Could Tybalt and Mercutio's deaths been avoided? Last but not least, why did Juliet wake up in time to see dying Romeo? What exactly ties all events together? Fate.
In the beginning of the play it is told, "A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life;" (Prologue.6) this sentence indicates that from the very beginning the fate of Romeo and Juliet is written in the stars. Their fate was to fall in love and die with a passion in order to end their
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Halfway throughout the book fate unexpectedly twists the story to a darker note. Capulet is now forcing Juliet to marry Paris and even though Juliet disagrees to the wedding Capulet will not take no for an answer. The wedding is set on Thursday. Juliet been desperate and unwilling to marry any other than Romeo seeks out the Friar for counselling. A potion is given to Juliet and she is to take it Wednesday night. Yet again fate puts a twist in the story as Capulet exclaims excitedly, "I'll have this knot knit up tomorrow morning." (IV.2.24) Thus moving the wedding day forward and ruining all plans. Juliet was forced to take the potion much earlier than expected due to the moving date of the wedding. Fate at times can be a good or bad thing. In this case fate sounded really wretched and cruel. Juliet having to go into a fake death while uninformed Romeo was dying of anxiety in banishment.
As the news of Juliet faking her death was unable to reach Romeo's ears he arrives at her deathbed with potion in hand and rashly kills himself. If he had been patient for a minute longer maybe he would have witnessed Juliet's waking. It is either that or if Juliet had woken a minute earlier she would have seen her darling Romeo alive. Fate was a very obvious played factor in this scene due to the fact that Romeo could woe and cry for oh-so-long but Juliet would not awaken but at the moment of his death, she wakes up. It was just too

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