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The Fate Of Romeo And Juliet

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In William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, fate plays an extremely powerful role throughout the story. It turns out to cause many terrible events. Shakespeare hints at the outcome throughout the story and makes the reader hope more and more that Romeo and Juliet can live together. Unfortunately, the fate of Romeo and Juliet isn't a very preferable one. Fate can be defined as an inevitable and often adverse outcome or condition; destiny. Romeo and Juliet were ultimately the ones responsible for their own deaths. The destinies of these two "star crossed lovers" were not set from the start of the story, but almost all events that took place brought Romeo and Juliet closer to their ...view middle of the document...

The servant of Capulet, who happens to be illiterate, was given the job of telling people about the party, but only those specifically on a list written up by his master. Since he could not read, he was forced to ask two strangers to explain it to him. Those two people could have been anyone, but they just happened to be Romeo and Benvolio.
When Juliet is "buried" twenty-four hours before Friar Lawrence planned, it gave Friar John less time to get the message to Romeo. Beside that, Balthasar came in on one day only to see how Juliet was doing. If Juliet would have been able to take the potion as scheduled, Balthasar would have seen Juliet doing well and been able to come back to Romeo with a report of good news. Romeo would then have had no reason to buy the poison and commit suicide. Friar Lawrence would have sent another messenger and all would have been well.
Although Romeo and Juliet were responsible for their own physical deaths, fate still played a big role in getting the two to even think about committing suicide. The most obvious example of fate was...

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