William Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet
“He who falls in love meets a worse fate than he who falls from a
rock”- said Titus Maccius Plautus once. They found their only love
from their only hate. William Shakespeare’s, Romeo and Juliet, the
story of two young lovers that lost their lives for love. But who was
responsible? The family feud that had been going on for centuries,
fate, the nurse or Friar Lawrence? In this essay I will be discussing
every point that could have contributed to Romeo and Juliet’s death.
The feud between the two families, the Montagues
and the Capulets is the main theme of the play. The prologue reveals
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himself by Juliet’s dead body. Juliet wakes up and realizes what had
happened and kills herself too. Only after the death of their own two
children, the Capulets and the Montagues bury their hatred.
Fate is inevitable. Fate is the power that
is supposed to settle ahead of time how things will happen. Romeo and
Juliet, the two lovers shared the unfortunate fate that they were from
the feuding families. They both show their grief when they realized
that the other was from the opposite family. For example when Romeo
says “O dear account! My life is my foe’s debt.” And when Juliet
exclaims “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose, by any other
word would smell as sweet” They both showed their irritation with the
feud. In the play, none of the tragedies would have occurred if they
had not met in the first place. Montagues finding out about the party
was another twist of fate. Peter, the servant of the Capulets who was
illiterate was given the job of telling people about the party but to
only those specifically written on the list.He couldn’t read so he was
forced to ask two strangers to help him. The strangers where Romeo and
Benvolio. Romeo reads the list to him and Romeo realizes that
Rosaline’s name is one of those on the list.Peter invites Romeo and
Benvolio to the party assuming that they are not Montagues. Benvolio
wasn’t too happy about Romeo being infatuated by Rosaline.Benvolio
tells Romeo that the party is the perfect opportunity to compare
Rosaline with the other beautiful women at Verona. Romeo agrees to go
with him only because he was madly in love with Rosaline. If Rosaline
was at the party and she had returned Romeo’s love, then the tragedies
wouldn’t have occurred. Although Romeo and Juliet were solely
responsible for their physical deaths, I think fate played a big role.
Friar Lawrence’s plan was that Juliet would be laid in the tomb,
appearing to be dead and when she woke up, she would meet Romeo. Romeo
was unable to get the letter and is given wrong information and was
told Juliet is dead. “Then I defy you stars” clearly stating that
Romeo knew fate had contributed in destroying his life. Friar Laurence
entered the tomb just after Romeo had killed himself. If the Friar had
entered the tomb earlier he could have explained the situation to
Romeo and no harm would have come to anyone. If only Juliet had woken
up seconds earlier, if only Romeo had received the message. Romeo and
Juliet's meeting has been proved to be by coincidence.
The nurse’s role in...