The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet: Fate's Role

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The tragedy of Romeo and Juliet is caused by fate alone? Discuss.

The famous love story - Romeo and Juliet written by William Shakespeare in the 1500's is a tragic play caused by fate, impatience and impulsiveness and a Family feud. The tragedy of Romeo and Juliet is not caused by fate alone.

Every tragic scene in the play occurs because of fate. Romeo and Juliet fall in love because of fate. Shortly after Juliet meets Romeo she quotes, 'My only love sprung from my only hate!' They were destined to become star crossed lovers, so nothing could prevent their untimely death. Fate is also seen when Romeo receives the wrong message about Juliet's 'death'. 'Her body lies in Capel's monument.. Pardon me for such ill news.' It was destined for Romeo to recieve this news from Benvolio than the real message. Fate played a huge role in the unfortunate death of Romeo and Juliet.

Rash impatience from some of the younger characters contributed to making the situation worse. An impulsive Mercutio foolishly encouraged a fight between Romeo and Tybalt without knowing the true reason Romeo was refusing to fight. Mercutio taunts Tybalt by saying, 'Good King of Cats, nothing but one of your nine lives... be bold and withdrawal.' This action later provoked the death of both Mercutio and Tybalt. Impatience is also displayed in Juliet when she rushes Romeo into marrying her after less than 24 hours of meeting. 'Thy purpose of marriage... Bring me word tomorrow.' This rash decision proved to cause manu complications later on, such as Juliet refusing to marry Count Paris. Impatience and Impulsiveness clearly links towards the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet.

An 'ancient' feud between the two families is as much to blame as any for the death of numerous younger characters. 'A plauge on both your houses! As you have made worms meat of me.' This quote by Mercutio just before he dies, describes how the ongoing family feud has caused all the fighting and ultimately his death. 'See...
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