Fate in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet Essay example

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Fate in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

'Romeo and Juliet' takes place in Verona, Northern Italy. The city is divided by civil war between two noble families, the Capulets and the Montagues. The feud is an old one, from 'ancient grudge to new mutiny'. The cause of this 'ancient grudge' is not known; there seems no solution and just pure hate. Then out of this hate comes a 'pair of star-crossed lovers' to 'take their lives.'

This tragedy of Romeo and Juliet seems unstoppable right from the start. Throughout the play the audience watches that 'fearful passage of their death-mark'd love'. But who was responsible for the tragedy of the two lovers? Or was it just inevitable fate?

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However, not much later Romeo and Juliet meet again.

Impulsive Romeo sneaks into Juliet's orchard later that night. He is desperate to see Juliet again despite the fact that she is a Capulet and his strongest enemy. Romeo is taunted by his friends for his 'ladies man' attitude. He is a hopeless romantic and often infatuates about different women. However, after his brief encounter with Juliet he is sure that she is the one and is determined to meet her again. He is irresponsible in his carelessness by sneaking into the Capulet's grounds, he does not think of the consequences. Yet, this shows his desperation, the love he feels for Juliet and his determination to be with her.

"It is my lady, O it is my love"

Romeo sees Juliet and immediately declares his love for her, he speaks in love poetry. Juliet comes out onto her balcony soon after, mixed with excitement and fright of her love for Romeo. She speaks of her love for Romeo, believing she is alone. Juliet despite finding that 'dear perfection' in Romeo she knows all to well that she is the only son of her greatest enemy.

"Romeo, O 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."

Juliet already declares her outstanding love for Romeo, and speaks so strongly that it is

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