Romeo and Juliet: Fate and Free Will Essay

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Romeo and Juliet: Fate and Free Will

Shakespeare hasn't chosen about fate or free will, he is telling us to decide. At the very opening of the play the Chorus tells us of fate,

"…A pair of star crossed lovers take their life;

Whose misadventured piteous overthrows ======================================

Doth with their death bury their parents' strife…"

This is saying that pair of ill-fated lovers (written in the stars) have an unlucky (fate?) accident and the price of their deaths are end their parents troubles with each other. The Belief that fate determines our lives is brought up throughout the play, Romeo is scared that fate will be unhappy if he goes to the Capulets' party:
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Also Balthasar thought he was doing the right thing by telling Romeo that Juliet was 'dead', fate seems to have tricked him as well.

Now I will explain why I believe that Romeo thought that fate lead his life.

This is evident early in the story when Romeo says, "But he that hath the steerage of my course direct my sail!" This is using a ship as an example of Romeo and fate is the wind that directs him. This says that if it wanted, fate could just slam him into the rocks and finish him off. Later, after the death of Tybalt, there is another significant line as Romeo cries out in despair, "O, I am fortune's fool!" This is pretty self-explanatory; Romeo says that fortune (fate) is tricking him and dislikes him. When all the

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