Romeo and Juliet Fate or Free Will?

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Alan Ganesh
Period 6
Mr. Kane
11 April 2011
The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet: Fate or Free Will
Tragedy is defined as a serious drama with a sorrowful or disastrous conclusion. To Shakespeare, it is an interesting twist on what we hope to believe, or otherwise known as a happy ending. Shakespeare, if not a good writer, would be disliked for his ideals in stories in modern day society, but since he is such a good writer we enjoy his stories and he also teaches us to read carefully (IP). Throughout the play Shakespeare has puzzled us with the idea of who was responsible for the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet. Through reading carefully (GP) you can deduce that Romeo and Juliet are partly involved in their own deaths and one other surprising character, Friar Lawrence.

Romeo, a daring lover (PP), confuses his feelings with his addiction to Juliet which amounts to a devastating concoction. Romeo emphasizes his need for Juliet’s love and approval in relation to his lifestyle when he says, “So thrive my soul¬¬−−” (2.2.153). This shows that Romeo has an unforgiving desire (PP) for Juliet and constant need to be around her (IP); also he will fight anything if it means getting to her which will eventually lead to his untimely death. Next, he exposes that he would do anything for Juliet’s love including fighting viciously (GP) and he states this when he says, “Alack, there lies more peril in thine eye/ Than twenty of their swords” (2.2.71-72). By stating this Romeo has shown that he would stare straight into the face of danger just to be with Juliet, this addiction will dumbfound Romeo and send him to his grave . Finally, Romeo mixes his poetic entity with his love for Juliet when he says, “Can I go forward when my heart is here/ Turn back, dull earth, and find thy center out” ( 2.1.1-2). Romeo is basically saying that he should turn around and be with his one true love, or Juliet which would be a daring act because he would be walking into his arch nemesis’s...
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