The Downfall of Romeo and Juliet Essay

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In William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” a lot could have been done for Romeo and Juliet to avoid their tragic deaths. The play would have ended very differently if the characters had made better informed decisions. William Shakespeare portrayed the characters as being very impulsive. He also demonstrated that fate is a factor that influences our decisions, but in the end it is ourselves who decide upon our proceedings. If Romeo and Juliet had taken their time with their relationship then the events of the play wouldn’t have been so hectic. Therefore Romeo and Juliet probably wouldn’t have killed themselves. Romeo and Juliet were irrational and could have thought of other solutions to their problems rather than committing suicide. Fate …show more content…
If Romeo and Juliet hadn’t foreseen something bad happening, would they have killed themselves out of “love” and “destiny”? The plague was an act of fate, in that, it kept Romeo from finding out about Friar Laurence’s plan. Romeo didn’t know that Juliet wasn’t actually dead, so he bought poison from a poor apothecary and went to the Capulet tomb to kill himself. We are made to believe that this was a “consequence yet hanging in the stars” and that it was destined to happen. But wasn’t Romeo responsible for his own actions?
Whilst fate played a small part in the play, it ended in tragedy because lots of the characters were impulsive and dishonest. If Romeo and Juliet weren’t so impulsive they wouldn’t have killed themselves. Shakespeare shows us that fate drew Romeo and Juliet together, but it was their own choice to end their lives. They were impulsive and rushed into their relationship. “Did my heart love till now?” Romeo questions when he sees Juliet, but he had earlier that day been proclaiming his love for Rosaline. Romeo turned his love from Rosaline to Juliet, without thinking about it. During Elizabethan times it was accustom for women to act uninterested in men who pursued them. Rosaline ignored Romeo’s impulsive advances on her, but Juliet didn’t. Instead, Juliet returned Romeo’s vow of love with the same impulsivity that he had. Romeo and Juliet then made plans to get married the next day. They got

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