Rome and Juliet: Victims of Fate Essay

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The phenomenon of fate is exemplified on a daily bases in society. Fate can be best described as many acts ironically going in the opposite direction that one expects. From the beginning of the Shakespearean play Romeo and Juliet the two characters are called, “star cross’d lovers,” fate produces the destiny of their death. Events like Friar Laurence’s well deceived planes gone wrong, the timing of Romeo and Juliet’s suicide and finally the issue of their families feuding in the first place are examples of how wrongly fate spoke to Romeo and Juliet.
Firstly, Friar Laurence’s well thought and well intentioned planes to help the situation of Romeo and Juliet went ironically wrong. Friar Laurence wished to send a letter to Romeo to inform
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Secondly, the timing of Romeo’s suicide and Juliet’s awakening was awful. Juliet left her trance of sleep right after Romeo killed himself believing that Juliet was dead. First Romeo sees Juliet in her trance of sleep in the churchyard, believing she is dead, thus he drinks poison and he declares his death,” O true apothecary! Thy drugs are quick. Thus with a kiss I die.”(V,iii,119-120) Ironically Juliet wakes up only minutes or seconds after Romeo’s death. She also knows that if she woke earlier Romeo may still have been alive because she announces, “Thy lips are warm!” (Act V,iii,167) when she kisses a recently diseased Romeo. In brief the difference in the timing of Rome and Juliet’s death was not a mere coincidence, but was due to the role played by fate.

Finally, Romeo and Juliet’s ill destiny has sprung from the intense feud of both their families. From the first days of these two lovers lives fate contradicted the well being of their marriage. In fact Romeo strongly acknowledges this when he first meets Juliet in Capulet’s Orchard. He states, “My name, dear saint, is hateful to myself, Because it is an enemy to thee, Had I it written, I would tear the word.”(II,ii,55-58) Therefore Romeo

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