William Shakespeare 's Romeo And Juliet Essay

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Perhaps, the most intriguing aspect, in William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, is the role that fate plays in the final outcome of the lovers. This is prominent in the following: when Romeo meets Juliet, when Tybalt and Mercutio die and Romeo is banished and finally, when Friar Laurence’s letter about Juliet fails to reach Romeo. All of these events, as well as many others are connected. Unfortunately for Romeo and Juliet, this theme is so dominant that it leads to their ultimate demise.

To begin, there are many examples of fate’s role in the events that play out in the story. Specifically, Romeo and Benvolio meet the Capulet servant. The servant was given a list of people to invite to the Capulet masquerade party being held that night. The servant was illiterate and so he was looking for someone to read the list for him. As if it was meant to be, Romeo and Benvolio were the ones the servant went to. The servant spoke to Romeo and Benvolio, asking if they could read. Romeo responded that he could in fact read and read out the invitation list for the servant,
“Stay, fellow; I can read.
[Reads] ‘Signior Martino and his wife and daughters;…
Mercutio and his brother Valentine;… my fair niece Rosaline… brother Tybalt; Lucio and the lovely
Helena.” (i,ii,64-70)
This is the invitation list and it is important because they would have never gone to the party if they had not seen Rosaline’s name on the list. Benvolio and Mercutio tell Romeo that they should go to the party so he…

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