Romeo and Juliet: Fate or Bad choices? Essay examples
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Once in a while many people make bad decisions. Usually these decisions don’t cause them any harm in their futures, unlike Romeo Montague’s and Juliet Capulet’s decisions. In Verona, a city in Italy, two lovers fall in love. The catch is their families despise each other. Eventually Romeo get’s banished from Verona, and Juliet is forced to marry someone she doesn’t want to marry. Juliet takes a potion that knocks her out for 42 hours, and feigns her death, hoping she does not have to marry Count Paris. Romeo assumes Juliet is dead, and drinks a potion that kills him, and when Juliet wakes up and realizes that Romeo is dead, she stabs herself. In William Shakespeare’s tragic play, Romeo and Juliet, the main protagonists, Romeo and Juliet,…show more content…
He does, however, later learn that she is a Capulet. They get married the day after the Capulet ball. Romeo sneaks out to the Capulet’s garden to see Juliet. There, they have a conversation declaring their love for each other. At the end the Nurse is calling Juliet, and Juliet decides that she want to get married as soon as possible. Doing this is a poor choice because she doesn’t know Romeo, all he did was charm her and that’s what Juliet thinks she is in love with. She doesn’t think of all of the consequences, and decides on the spot: “If that thy bent of love be honorable, Thy purpose marriage, send me word tomorrow, By the one that I’ll procure to come to thee…” (II.ii.150-152). They are getting married, blinded by their infatuation for each other, they don’t think about what can happen if the rest of their families find out. This is a poor choice because they really haven’t thought it through, and it is not be the brightest idea, seeing as they are coming from feuding families. These choices lead them to do anything for each other, because they love each other and continue to lead to their demise. Second, Romeo slaying Tybalt is a poor choice that he makes, because it makes his life much harder. Earlier in the play, Sampson Capulet and Gregory Capulet create an argument with the Montagues on the streets of Verona. This always happens, but this time it is the last straw. The
Fate in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet Essay
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Fate, for better or worse, interrupts everyone’s daily life, whether he/she chooses to acknowledge it or not. Thinking about fate conjures up different feelings for different people; some people believe strongly in it, some people think of fate as ridiculous, and some do not care one way or the other. However, in many instances, such as in William Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, far too many coincidences occur to be strictly coincidental. Fate creates a powerful effect throughout the entire play, starting in the prologue, continuing as Romeo and Juliet meet and fall in love, and tragically ending in the lovers’ deaths.
In the prologue, Shakespeare makes it…show more content…
Fate causes Romeo to be at the right place at the right time. If he does not walk near the Capulet’s house or if the servant is able to read, Romeo does not attend the party, thus he does not meet Juliet. After Romeo attends the party, fate strikes again as he stumbles into the Capulet’s orchard while trying to escape his friends. Juliet, after meeting Romeo mere hours before, emerges onto her balcony and, unaware that Romeo can hear her, proclaims her love for Romeo:
Oh Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo?
Deny thy father and refuse thy name;
Or, if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love
And I’ll no longer be a Capulet. (II. ii. ll. 33-36)
After Romeo hears this, he realizes how Juliet truly feels about him, thus responding and proclaiming his love as well. Normally, Romeo does not hear Juliet’s proclamation for two reasons: he does not stumble right into the Capulet’s orchard, right under Juliet’s balcony, and Juliet does not proclaim her love aloud from the balcony. However, fate’s plan causes Romeo to be in the right place at the right time again and causes Juliet to unleash her emotions from her balcony so that Romeo can hear her. Romeo and Juliet now love each other dearly, and fate assumes all responsibility.
In addition to reigning over their love lives, fate also causes the downfall of Romeo and Juliet. Near the end of the play, it appears Romeo and Juliet have a significant