William Shakespeare 's Romeo And Juliet Essay

1845 Words Jun 22nd, 2015 8 Pages
Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare in 1595. It is widely known to be a tragedy but what caused this atrocity to be so renown? It may be universally known that fate played the principal role throughout the play but by examining the specific circumstances and causes of these situations, it is evident that all the events leading to the tragedy are the result of choice rather than fate. Many believe predetermined destiny was key to the deaths of the “star-crossed lovers” but the characters were never left without options and each had a choice to make at every turn of the play. It was unarguably the decisions made by the characters, not those made by fate, that were responsible for the tragedy in Romeo and Juliet.
Romeo’s attendance at the Capulet’s masque party was paramount, as all other events were transpired from this choice. This occurrence wasn’t fate but the contemplated decision made by Romeo to do something irresponsible. Upon being presented with the opportunity to go to the party, it is shown that Romeo foresaw his demise when he recited:
I fear, too early; for my mind misgives
Some consequence, yet hanging in the stars,
Shall bitterly begin his fearful date
With this night’s revels, and expire the term
Of a despised life closed in my breast
By some vile forfeit of untimely death.
From the quote we are shown that even with this knowledge that he would die as result of going to the masque, he consciously decided to venture out and…

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