Fate in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet Essay

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In modern times, and in the Elizabethan era, fate plays an important role in people's lives. Many people believe it to be written in stone, and unchangeable. Many others believe it to be controlled by a person's own actions. In Romeo and Juliet, fate is one of the main themes, described as having power over many of the events in the play. Fate is often called upon, wondered about, and blamed for mishaps. However, where fate is blamed in the play as the ultimate cause for a mishap, there is always an underlying action, or combination of them, on the part of human beings that decides the consequences. Human weakness, the loss of self-control, is always the direct cause of a bad choice or mishap, and not fate itself. …show more content…
When Tybalt dies, Romeo suddenly comes to grips with what he has done, and, unable to believe that he did this of his own will, cries out that he is fortune's fool (III, I, 135).
     While many people may say that Romeo's grief caused him to kill Tybalt, this still places no responsibility on fate. Romeo, being a peaceful individual, should have kept as much of his cool as possible when dealing with the situation. Leaving was a choice that Romeo had, and would most likely have spared Tybalt's life and the consequences of his death. Benvolio also had the choice to take Romeo away while he was in despair, and so it was in part
Benvolio's choice not to that led to the tragic results. Romeo's comment on black fate is a thought that foreshadows ill events in the future. Since he realizes that these events will take place, he should try to control them as much as is possible by keeping a cool head and not letting his emotions rule him, as is seen to be the case. This would give Romeo control over his future, taking away the element of fate.

Capulet is viewed as a man who enjoys control. His decision to have Juliet marry Paris is the reason for Friar Laurence's plan to fake Juliet's death. In his plan, the Friar tells Juliet to go back to her father and allow herself to marry Paris (IV, I, 89-90). While fate is viewed to have played an important part in Juliet's death, it is instead Capulet's weakness in loss of control,
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