The Role of Fate in Romeo and Juliet

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Most of Shakespeare's plays are conceived around a foundation in either tragedy or comedy, this polarity of themes allowing him to experiment with the full range of human emotions. Typically, an integral part of a Shakespearean tragedy is love, which is frustrated by a breakdown in order, or the character of the hero, due to some human limitation. The play Romeo and Juliet has all these typical characteristics. However, the resultant conclusion of events for the characters in this tragedy is adversely affected by the hands of fate, and not solely the product of human limitations. Fate in fact has a decisive role in the events of the play; it is a series of rapid coincidental events, which lead to the final tragedy.

Romeo and Juliet are described during the prologue as "a pair of star-crossed lovers”

The play Romeo and Juliet was one of the most famous love tragedies ever written. This love story unfortunately had a fatal ending. Many people argue over why the lovers had died, was it over Free Will or Fate? The death of Romeo and Juliet was partially because of free will. The fact that Romeo and Juliet got married knowing that there was a bitter feud between their families, the Montague and Capulet’s. This feud brought on many problems, such as the murder of Tybalt by Romeo. Juliet knew that this might be a problem for Her and Romeo. Juliet had said: “What’s in a name”? Which explains her ill fate of being a Capulet and Romeo being a Montague. When Romeo tells his servant “ Ay, mine own fortune in my misery”.

Is there anything in this world which can occur anytime, anywhere, anyway to anyone? unexpectedly? Yes, it is the change of fate. Everyone in their life have their own fate and everyone in their life experience fate in different manner. Some could have positive result and some could have negative result. As Napoleon Bonaparte said “there is no such thing as an accidents; it is fate misnamed.” This refers to the novel, and a play of Romeo and Juliet written by William Shakespeare, the two young lover’s life began and ended with misfortune. The most remembered lovers of all times became the helpless victims of fate. Tybalt’s aggressive nature, Friar Lawrence failed attempted to send an important message to Romeo, and Romeo’s impulsive decision to commit suicide let to the unfortunate and tragic end of the story. In the novel Tybalt’s aggressive nature influenced his own death, which led to the tragic end of the two young lovers, Romeo and Juliet. At the feast when Tybalt sees Romeo he is determined to kill him, as Romeo sees Juliet and falls in love with her.

Scholars are divided on the role of fate in the play. No consensus exists on whether the characters are truly fated to die together or whether the events take place by a series of unlucky chances. Arguments in favour of fate often refer to the description of the lovers as "star-cross'd". This phrase seems to hint that the stars have predetermined the lovers' future. John W. Draper points out the parallels between the Elizabethan belief in the four humours and the main characters of the play (for example, Tybalt as a choleric). Interpreting the text in the light of humours reduces the amount of plot attributed to chance by modern audiences.Still, other scholars see the play as a series of unlucky chances—many to such a degree that they do not see it as a tragedy at all, but an emotional melodrama.Ruth Nevo believes the high degree to which chance is stressed in the narrative makes Romeo and Juliet a "lesser tragedy" of happenstance, not of character. For example, Romeo's challenging Tybalt is not impulsive, it is, after Mercutio's death, the expected action to take. In this scene, Nevo reads Romeo as being aware of the dangers of flouting social norms, identity and commitments. He makes the choice to kill, not because of a tragic flaw, but because of circumstance. As critic Bertrand Evans points out: "Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy of unawareness" more so...
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