Theme Of Fate In Romeo And Juliet

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Romeo and Juliet, the sad story of fanatical love eventually ending in death. Even though many people already know what is going to happen, they read this never-ending play with the sad theme and dooming tone as fate and society work against the love of Romeo and Juliet. Ultimately ending in sadness and torment for everyone. Through the actions of Friar Lawrence and his choices to marry Romeo and Juliet, use of poor judgment, and his sinful ways lead to a tragic ending.
The play begins with an ancient feud between the Montague and Capulet family which continues to disrupt the peace of Verona, a city in northern Italy. A brawl between the servants from each family makes the Prince threaten both sides to keep the peace with the price of death.
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No matter what happened in the sequence of events, fate would always bring the two lovers together. A lot of different things contribute to the way Romeo and Juliet ended. Fate however, is the power that prevents any of their actions for ending blissfully. From knowing the end since the beginning, you can understand the references Shakespeare makes to fate. It also makes you wonder if a character carries out something, that if they changed their actions would people have lived at the end of the play? Fate is shown in the prologue “star crossed lovers” This line indicates that Romeo and Juliet are fated to be together. When Romeo perceives his own death before going to the party, the Nurse knew what was going to happen in the end and Capulet told Juliet what would happen if she did not marry Paris. “to go with Paris to Saint Peter's Church or I will drag thee on a hurdle thither. Out you green-sickness carrion” This is indicating that Capulet will hang Juliet if she refuses to marry Paris but then fate intervenes and Juliet dies a day after this conversation. For dramatic effect, Shakespeare chose to use fate as a way of determining the outcome of the play. It was have been uncomplicated for Shakespeare to have written the play with a basic, happy ending where both Romeo and Juliet lived, however with fate intervening, Shakespeare has managed to eradicate his two main characters which helped people keep …show more content…
This theme demonstrates various types of love, such as: the Proper or contractual love presented by Paris, physical love performed by the Nurse, the sensual and the romantic, passionate love of Romeo and Juliet. How do these various types of love relate to one another? Is physical attraction an important part of loving one another? Because words are slippery, Juliet worries that Romeo’s declaration of love is purely a deception. How can we know if love if true? Love is an engaging emotion that is tolerant, approving and wanting to have a positive effect on one another. In the play, Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare shows that there are several types of love that I mentioned above but other types of love including idealistic love, parental love, and friendship love. Romeo and Juliet illustrate idealistic love. However, Nurse and Capulet show parental love. Mercutio and Benvolio show love between friends. Throughout the play, Romeo and Juliet dream of a flawless life when none of their actions are corrected. This is idealistic love. When Romeo doesn’t think he can take Rosaline out of his thoughts, Benvolio and Mercutio make an effort to induce Romeo to go to Capulet’s party to meet and bond with a new girl. Romeo says, “Is love a tender thing? It is too coarse, too uncouth, too deafening and it pricks like a thorn” (Act 1, scene 4). This quote shows that Romeo is questioning himself if love is gentle. Romeo thinks that love is too

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