The question of whether, fate controls one’s life, is a debatable inquiry. "Romeo and Juliet," typically seen as a romantic story becomes a tragic love story sue to the overwhelming influence of fate. In William Shakespeare’s, Romeo and Juliet, destiny makes Romeo and Juliet star crossed lovers because of their family feud, thus linking the violence that leads to death early on in the novel.
The play of fate becomes evident as Romeo and Juliet are born into families who have a strong sense of animosity. When Juliet discovers Romeo’s true identity, she is upset for the name, Montague represents. Juliet says, “My only love sprung from my only hate! / Too early seen unknown, and known too late! / Prodigious birth of love it is to me, / That I must love a loathèd enemy” (I, V, 138-141). When Juliet states, she falls in love with “a loathèd enemy,” it is ironic how she blames fate for loving an enemy, but her short lasting happiness comes from being in love with Romeo. This foreshadows the failure of Romeo and Juliet’s love because both of them take a risk by loving each other knowing their family feud is going to ruin their relationship. EXPLAIN!!! Furthermore, when Capulet forces Juliet to marry Paris, that she must marry someone whom she does not love. Juliet says, “Alack, alack, that heaven should practice stratagems/ Upon so soft a subject as myself. (III, V, 205-215). Juliet’s reference to heaven symbolizes fate affecting her in an adverse way. Heaven is known to be a place where the good people in society go after death, and Juliet remarks heaven as a bad thing. Heaven symbolizes fate because fate places her in the position of not being able to freely love whoever she wants. Since, both these lovers do not have the right to freely love each other, and it leaves them with an unsatisfying relationship. Fate ruins the love of Romeo and Juliet by placing them into families with strong hatred verifying that their lov...
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Many film adaptations of William Shakespeare’s classic tragedy of “star-crossed lovers” have been made, both in the original setting and more modern ones (Shakespeare Prologue. 6). Two movies that exemplify this are Franco Zeffirelli’s Romeo and...
Romeo and Juliet (SparkNotes Literature Guide Series)
In the play, Romeo and Juliet, I believe Friar Laurence is to blame for their deaths. So many wrong steps were taken and encouraged by Friar Laurence to these naive lovers, that ultimately lead to their deaths. The first mistake that Friar Laurence made was to agree to marry the two in secret and without the permission of their parents. The next piece of bad advice the Friar gave, was when he instructed Juliet to fake her own death to avoid her dilemma. The last wrongdoing was giving the message for Romeo to an unreliable messenger. If any of these events did not take place, their deaths could’ve been avoided.
Romeo has great respect and love for Friar Laurence, so of course he is the first to know of his love for Juliet. “Then plainly know my heart's dear love is set On the fair daughter of rich Capulet: As mine on hers, so hers is set on mine; And all combined, save what thou must combine
By holy marriage: when and where and how We met, we woo'd and made exchange of vow, I'll tell thee as we pass; but this I pray, That thou consent to marry us today.” In these lines, Romeo clearly trusts the Friar, telling him that Juliet is a Capulet and seeking his advice on their marriage. The Friar quickly reminds Romeo of his love for Rosaline just a couple of hours earlier. “Is Rosaline, whom thou didst love so dear, So soon forsaken?” Friar Laurence is very aware of Romeo’s problem of falling so deeply in love so quickly. The Friar should've instead, encouraged Romeo to wait for awhile before he rushes into marriage. He also should have advised Romeo and Juliet to talk to their parents first maybe even be a mediator between them and Romeo and Juliet. I think that in his desire to want to be a sort of “hero” and claim peace between the Montagues and the Capulets, the Friar created a bigger problem for the young lovers. The secret marriage was the first step that decided the fate of Romeo and Juliet.
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Juliet has depended on the Nurse, the Friar, and Romeo. I'm not sure there is a fourth. Juliet has no choice but to do as her father wishes. Romeo is banished and the Friar and Nurse cannot disagree with Capulet.