Romeo and Juliet

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“The play Romeo and Juliet shows the consequences of selfish and impetuous adolescent love rather than the workings of fate.” I have chosen to agree mostly with this statement for many reasons, which I will expand on in this essay. There are many comments throughout the play to suggest death was inevitable such as when Romeo had a premunition before going to the masquerade party. “I fear, too early; for my mind misgives some consequence, yet hanging in the stars, shall bitterly begin his fearful date with this night’s revels and expire the term of a despised life, closed in my breast, by some vile forfeit of untimely death.”(Quote from Romeo pg50 line 107) But I believe Romeo and Juliet had choices to make once they realised their families were enemies. They were idealistic to think they could change their families attitudes in a short time. If they had taken time to think things through and act carefully, things could have turned out differently. I believe as teenagers, Romeo and Juliet didn’t really know what they were getting themselves into, and they didn’t think to consider the consequences of their choices after falling in love. Another reason is that I believe sometimes love just makes people behave in really strange ways, in ways that they wouldn’t normally behave and I think this affected Romeo and Juliet’s choices. They did things they normally wouldn’t. And fate, I believe that in this story fate may be what brought the two ‘star-crossed lovers’ together but their decisions proved fate in the end didn’t have much of a part in this story. Fate meaning ‘an inevitable and irresistible power supposedly controlling human destiny’. Romeo and Juliet instantly fell in love and that I believe was the end of the role of fate. Then they turned their backs against their families. Which would have been unusual in those days because family meant everything to a person. Alienating their families were one of many risks they took during the...
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