Romeo and Juliet - Fate

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Brandon G. Richards VARY SS
Period 5 VARY WC
Mr. Brown CONVO 18 April 2013

Fate Conquers All
Throughout history it has been argued whether or not humans live with a pre-determined fate or a life of choice. This is affected by religion as well as self-developed ideas. This is an overall idea that William Shakespeare addresses in his play, The Most Excellent and Lamentable Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet. In his play Shakespeare gives the reader the overall idea that the choices Romeo and Juliet make are what get them killed. It appears this way because of the irrational choices they make out of love. However, Shakespeare has an underlying tone of fate that is brought up many times. Although it may seem like they choose the actions they take that end up getting them killed, it is fate that causes them to make these certain choices. Overall it is fate that Shakespeare chooses to be the overlying reason for the tragic ending of Romeo and Juliet. As soon as the play begins Shakespeare informs the audience that fate is going to be the overall end of the main characters in the play. It is stated in the very first few lines of the play when it mentions “a pair of star-cross’d lovers take their life” (Prologue 5-6). This is important because he states that fate is going to be the downfall of the couple. Shakespeare also has Romeo get the feeling that the end is near very early in the play. As Romeo heads to the Capulet’s party he explains that “[his] mind misgives some consequence… in the stars / [that will] begin his fearful date” (I.iv.609-10). Romeo fear that something will happen that will ultimately bring his death. This overall lays a path for the rest of the play to go along with the underlying tone of fate. Towards the middle of the play, a more direct knowledge of fates...
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