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Are Romeo and Juliet responsible for their own demise

William Shakespeare, regarded widely as the greatest author in history is the man behind the famous love tragedy ‘Romeo and Juliet’, which is widely represented as an ideal for young lovers. It is one of his greatest works during his prime. Written in the 16th century, the story contains the sheer power of love, fate, time, society, and family conflicts. Two passionate lovers from opposing families try to achieve the impossible by striving to unite amongst the harsh surroundings.However, they fail so miserably that they end up killing themselves but leaving a deep mark on both families so as to unite them. In this essay, I will consider the variety of reasons why the two ‘star-crossed lovers’ Romeo and Juliet died. For one to judge how responsible the two are or the role of parents and parent substitutes are in this tragedy, other important characters and issues must also be taken into account. I will divide this essay into three main parts: Romeo, Juliet and fate (and the ones they were not responsible for) because these three were equally responsible for the catastrophic disaster.First, I shall analyse Romeo. He is definitely responsible for his own demise and in fact several others. He is as guilty as a thief. Nevertheless, there is pure evidence of his gentleness and kind heart for e.g. he fulfils Paris’ wish by placing his corpse adjacent to Juliet’s even though Juliet is his wife. It is evident that he does not intend to commence any brawls between the Capulet directly for e.g. he constantly wards off the challenge from Tybalt. The first impression we get of Romeo is the depressed type due to a harsh rejection from Rosaline. However, the thing I found quite intriguing was that it could have easily been this: Romeo’s solitariness that plays a key part in the huge tragedy. Since Benvolio, his kin and a good friend sympathises him very much he insists upon ceasing his emotion.The first slip-up of Romeo is by gate crashing the Capulet’s ball even though he knows that it is a gormless thing to do and others might misinterpret his actions. Yet Romeo constantly show signs of concern; “We mean well in going with mask; But ’tis not wit to go.” I believe Romeo should have been more uncompromising on not attending the ball but this may have been because he did want to go as Rosaline was invited too, though it does not mention anything about this.Romeo also has a presentiment that the aftermath of their actions will be atrocious. He says to Benvolio, “I fear, too early; for my mind misgives/ some consequence, yet hanging in the stars.” These lines also propose that the events of that night are destined to happen as suggested by the stars. This links to the prologue at the beginning of the play when Romeo and Juliet are referred as ‘star-crossed lovers’ which concludes that their destiny is written in the stars, and they do not have any control over it.A great turn of event happens during the ball. According to Benvolio’s desires of Romeo, Romeo spots a form of beauty beyond that of Rosaline. We also start seeing Romeo’s true nature as initially he is in love with Rosaline and is really depressed over their relationship. But it is not long before we discover the idea of being a lover appeals to him when he quickly forgets about Rosaline as he sets eyes on Juliet for the first time; “Did my heart love till now? Forswear it sight, For I ne’er saw a true beauty till this night.” He is stunned by Juliet’s beauty and comments on it by using colour comparisons, a white dove that stands out among the black crows; “So shows a snowy dove trooping with crows,As yonder lady o’er her fellows shows.” Shakespeare dehumanises Juliet to a ‘dove’ so as to relate to her harmless peace nature since doves are harmless birds, ideally a sign of peace and so it is a mere contrast to the crows which are usually a reference to evil. Because there is a mutual bond between Romeo and Juliet, I believe Romeo still has done nothing wrong. It is only when Romeo perceives Juliet’s true identity via her wet nurse, “Is she a Capulet? O dear account, My life is my foe’s debt.”, that he really starts to fit in the responsible perpetrator category. I believe this misfortune (finding out that Juliet is an enemy) affects him mentally and pulls out his impulsive nature.On his way home Romeo’s impulsiveness starts to take actions when he realises that he is so much in love with Juliet that he must somehow go back and try to find her; “Can I go forward when my heart is here? Turn back, dull earth, and find thy centre out.” It might also be because he thinks she is dismayed by his identity and so he wants to find out. I believe he is so in love with her despite meeting her for the first time because his former love was a big failure; hence, he wants this one to work for he does not want to go through fire and water like in the last one. He decides to sneak in Juliet’s balcony. He luckily ends up at his desired place, meets Juliet and he swears undying love and devotion.He tells her that he will change his name if it displeases her, “Call me but love and I’ll be new baptised/ Henceforth I never will be Romeo.” He also says that his name is hateful to him because it makes him Juliet’s enemy, “My name, dear saint, is hateful to myself. Because it is an enemy to thee.” He further says that he would abandon the name if he had written it; “Had I written, I would tear the word”. The word ‘tear’ is used for personification (on ‘word’) to allow us to envision how Romeo will actually go about in accomplishing it as it is much easier to imagine a thing being torn apart. Romeo asserts Juliet that love enabled him to infiltrate into her balcony; “With love’s light wings did I o’erperch/ these walls” possibly to convince her that his action was solely due to love even though it is the first time they have met.’Love’ is personified to give a vivid picture. Romeo further ensures Juliet by preparing to risk death at the hands of Juliet’s kinsmen in order to see her though Juliet warns him that the place is, “death considering who thou art. If any of my kinsmen find thee here.” He replies that he would rather be killed by Juliet’s relations that postpone death which he will suffer without her love; “My life were better ended by their hate, Than death prorogued, wanting of thy love.” He stresses that he is prepared to defy Juliet’s family, “thy kinsmen are not to stop me.” Romeo talks very confidently, which offers Juliet to have faith in him since she is only twelve. Romeo finally tells Juliet that he is prepared to overcome any obstacles with the intention of winning Juliet’s love.He uses a metaphor and says that if he were a ship’s pilot and Juliet was far away as the farthest sea, he would sail there in order to win her; “I am no pilot, yet wert thou as far/ As that far shore washed with the farthest sea, I should venture for such merchandise.” Note that Romeo is also trying to say that he will achieve an impossible since he is no pilot but will still somehow sail. Juliet is dehumanised into a ‘merchandise’ to emphasise her grand value (to Romeo). I think that overcoming of Romeo’s former love with a new one is shadowed up until now, thus the two exchange vows of love due to his desperate request. Additionally, I believe he begs her so that this new love is secured and in which he can fully commit himself to. I also think it is because he wants to erase Rosaline completely.This section is one of the most prominent one since the two are both asserted in one another’s love and both can now feel an affection and burn with passion towards one another to help them overcome any hindrance.Since they are both forbidden to have affection nor any intimate relation for each other due to their opposing families, I believe Romeo has thought about it and came to the conclusion that since they cannot hide their love for a long time, it is best to marry Juliet away and as a result he is very eager. He implores the Friar Lawrence to fulfil his destiny, “I pray, / That thou consent to marry us today” and sends word to Juliet via the nurse that they will get married that afternoon; “…she shall at Friar Lawrence’ cell/Be shrived and married”. Friar Lawrence’s response in Romeo’s abstract actions was astonished. Friar points out that only yesterday he was just as deeply in love with Rosaline and that his love for Rosaline was not true: “Rosaline, whom thou didst love so dear, So soon forsaken?”Romeo makes a vital mistake by killing his new cousin Tybalt and thus gets banished. This is the only real mistake Romeo contributes to from my point of view. It is quite reasonable to point out why Romeo does not fully explain to Tybalt on why he cannot fight him; “I do protest I never injured thee, But love thee better than canst devise.” He simply tells him that he loves him more than he can imagine, he does not tell him that they are now related for it would aggravate the situation. Mercutio (kinsman to the prince and Romeo’s friend) suddenly breaks out a fight with Tybalt. As Romeo intentionally tries to prevent the fight, Mercutio is killed by accident. Romeo seeks vengeance wherein he does not take into account of the consequence the Prince has set which he initially warned during the fight between Mercutio and Tybalt.Moreover, there is a little hint that he forgets about his promise to Juliet just before Romeo and Tybalt fight seeing that he states someone must fall in this battle to accompany Mercutio and that it can be himself, Tybalt or both; “Staying for thine to keep him company. Either thou or I, or both, must go with him.” A euphemism is used to convey that someone must die by substituting death to ‘company’ Mercutio and ‘go’ since Mercutio is already dead and so to accompany him, that certain person should also be dead. This also shows Romeo’s selfishness, as he had acknowledged the fact that Tybalt was a skilful swordsman so the chance of winning would be against all odds. He clearly does not think about the affect it will have on his wife if he had died. Romeo kills Tybalt not realizing that Mercutio’s death was a terrible contingency. This is a contrast to the Romeo we first see as, the gentle, kind-hearted one.Romeo does not wait for the Friar’s letter in Mantua, but decides to go straight to Juliet’s tomb when Balthasar (Romeo’s servant) informs him that she is dead; “Her body sleeps in Capel’s monument, And her immortal part with angels lives”. This is a euphemism, which I believe is used to communicate Juliet’s death to Romeo in a polite way. The word ‘sleep’ replaces death and the fact that since her soul is with the angels, she must be dead (in heaven). However, Romeo is determined not to give in to this; “Is it even so? Then I defy you, stars.” The stars in astrology determine future and it has ordained that Juliet shall die and hence be parted from Romeo.His eagerness to find out Juliet’s cause of death overcomes to the suggestion of why she did die, thus I believe he forgets to regard the dim actions he had performed (him killing Tybalt) that might have somehow contributed to the terrible demise. This also indicates he has little faith in Juliet but Romeo was in a sudden shock where he possibly could not have been thinking properly. In addition, he has no faith in the Friar, given that he ensured Romeo that, he shall write to him should anything happen but he does not even think about waiting and just acts independently.Along the way, Romeo buys a poison from an apothecary. Although it’s illegal he persuades the apothecary by giving him a high amount of money, “The world affords no law to make thee rich; Then be not poor, but break it, and take this.” He intends to use this poison in where Juliet lays dead, “Come, cordial and not poison, go with me/ To Juliet’s grave, for there must I use thee.” Ultimately, he commits suicide by drinking poison when it is confirmed to him that Juliet is dead. This is also a proof that it was true love seeing that Romeo does not commit suicide for Rosaline but just gets emotional. Therefore, his love for Juliet contrasts to that of Rosaline.Next, I will contend that Juliet is responsible for her own death. At first, we see Juliet as a very obedient twelve year old. She calls her mother in a very formal way ‘madam’ when Lady Capulet calls her and is very courteous to her in conversations. An example is when Lady Capulet asks her if she can love Paris and she replies, “I’ll look to like, if looking liking move, But no more deep will I endart mine eye/ Than your consent gives strength to make it fly.” She basically means that she looks forward to liking Paris, if looking at him can lead her to like him but she will not get more involved (with him) than her mother approves of.The letter ‘l’ is repeated to draw attention to the specific words ‘look’, ‘like’, ‘looking’ and ‘liking’ (alliteration). Nevertheless, all of this respect and agreement of conduct according to her mother’s wishes changes in a flash after meeting Romeo in the ball. She decides to play along with Romeo’s flirt of saint and sins which gave a clear indication to him that she was as much as interested in him as he was in her and so he continues; “…And palm to palm is holy palmers’ kiss.” What’s more, she has physical contact with him from the time when the two kiss, which elevates their affection for each other. Juliet should have prevented all of this but she chooses not to and thus edges a step closer to her own demise. She does not contemplate through all the repercussions of her actions.Similar to Romeo, Juliet still allows herself to fall in love with Romeo despite the fact that he is a foe, “My only love sprung from my only hate, Too early seen unknown, and unknown too late!” She means that when she saw Romeo and fell in love with him, she had no idea who he was. Now that she knows who he is, it is too late for her to change her feelings. Shakespeare repeats the word ‘only’, ‘too’ and ‘known’ to emphasize their importance, as Romeo is her only love (first love) which came from her only enemy (the Montague). The word ‘too’ and ‘known’ is repeated to notify the delay in acknowledgement. ‘Love’ and ‘Hate’ are both personified to give a vivid picture. The statement also suggests that it is partly not her fault since it was a Capulet’s ball and she would have never thought a Montague would also be present, therefore she would be inclined to think that she was engaging with a man that would have been approved by her family. It can be argued at the same time, as Juliet was only to look at Paris according to her mother.On the balcony, she admits to herself that she is in love with Romeo and says if he will swear to be her love she will stop being a Capulet; “be but sworn my love and I’ll no longer be a Capulet.” She has no notice of Romeo’s presence, therefore she further comments that it would not change anything even if Romeo was called someone else for he would still be the same person; “‘Tis but thy name that is my enemy. Thou art thyself, though not a Montague.” This clarifies the hidden Romeo that she is not dismayed by any chance, hence he is permitted to disclose himself and fire back his love towards her. She does however when Romeo reveals himself, signify that the exchange of statement of love tonight is too soon; “I have no joy of this contract tonight. It is too rash, too unadvised, too sudden; Too like the lightning, which doth cease to be”.The meaning haste is repeated frequently using its synonyms to highlight that it was indeed too quick and the word ‘too’ is repeated for further emphasis. In addition, a comparison (simile) of the rushed action is made to ‘lighting’ which is extremely fast, to make clear. Nonetheless, she agrees to take a vow of love with Romeo, “I gave thee mine before thou didst request it,” knowing that her parents would disapprove. She lived in a patriarchal society where the males were superior and children had no rights, but still she was willing to accept the consequences of disobeying her parents. She orders her Nurse to collect information about the marriage from Romeo. She secretly marries ignoring the fact that Paris has proposed.As Juliet has completely forgotten about Paris (because of Romeo), she struggles to give her parents a satisfactory answer to why she is rejecting Paris’ offer. She says, “He shall not make me there a joyful bride.” She tries to convey her denial by cleverly using Romeo whom she knows her mother would disapprove of because he killed Tybalt and the fact that he is a Montague; “I will not marry yet, and when I do, I swear/ It shall be Romeo,whom you know I hate, Rather than Paris.” This can also be a pun used by Shakespeare to give a serious point from Juliet’s perspective since she does want to marry Romeo whereas her mother thinks she is embodying him to put across her rejection. Juliet’s constant rejection incurs her parents’ wrath and punishment. Capulet threatens to disown her if she does not marry Paris; “I tell thee what, get thee to church a Thursday, Or never after look me in the face.”Juliet’s self-pity receives no comfort from her mother or her nurse therefore she is perplexed. Besides, she is only twelve so she seeks advice from the Friar. She complains to him that she would rather die, or be buried alive in the shroud of a dead man than marry Paris, “O bid me leap, rather than marry Paris, From off the battlements of any tower.” She also s points out that if there is no solution to her desperate situation, then she will kill herself: “Twixt my extremes and me this bloody knife/ Shall play the umpire,/Be not so long to speak; I long to die,If what thou speak’st speak not of remedy.” Friar sympathises her and gives her a sleeping potion, they make a foolish plan hence she should have informed Romeo right away rather then the day the plan was to take place.Juliet kills herself in the tomb as she feels she has no choice. She drinks the poison given by Friar and says it is for Romeo, “Romeo, Romeo, Romeo! Here’s drink – I drink to thee.” She hesitates when she suddenly realises that the plan has failed miserably and Romeo has killed himself. She refuses Friar Lawrence’s offer of help by hiding her in a nunnery, “I’ll dispose of thee/ Among a sisterhood of holy nuns.” As a result, it can definitely be said that Juliet is responsible for her own demise.Lastly, I will examine fate, which from my point of view see it as the main contributor to the deaths of Romeo and Juliet, and in some ways, it is. However, the way the other characters act could also have helped bring the ‘star crossed lovers’ lives to an end.There would be no vicar to marry the lovers if Friar Lawrence had not accepted Romeo’s desperate request. Being a father, he is close to God and whilst acquiring a high wit of morality he should have been able to make a wiser decision regardless of the close relationship with Romeo. Judging by Romeo’s past relationship with Rosaline, wherein he was agonised, and Juliet being a Capulet (an enemy to Romeo) he should have been able to give advice to Romeo and tried to ward him off from Juliet. Nevertheless, I think the Friar is convinced when Romeo tells him that this love with Juliet is different to his former one given that there is a mutual bond between them, “I pray thee chide me not; her love now/ Doth grace for grace, and love for love allow.” whereas with Rosaline, it was only he who felt something, “The other did not so.” (This line is subsequent to the previous quote I mentioned)The Friar acts as Romeo’s surrogate father, hence he possibly thinks Romeo can now finally be content from this new mutual love he has found. Besides, he presumes that it would reunite the two adversary families without thinking about the consequences, “For this alliance may so happy prove, To turn your households’ rancour to pure love.” I believe this is where the Friar slips up seeing that there is really no possible chance that the two families are to reunite on the basis of love. In fact, Romeo and Juliet both had a surrogate parent, thus their feelings would have not any impact on their parents, moreover a corporation between the two families. The other flaw from the Friar is his plan to use the sleeping potion so that Juliet could run off with Romeo while the grieving Capulets believed she was dead.The Friar’s plan proposes the reader that it is all going to work out at the end because he is a sage. Analysing from the earlier plan and the tight situation the two were in, they should have just given up rather than make a foolish plan. It is possible to argue that all the Friars actions were carried out with good intentions. At the end, the Friar leaves Juliet to die on her own when he hears the night watchmen ascending the tomb, “Come, go good Juliet, I dare no longer stay.” He does not give any sign of concern for Juliet. He simply cares about himself and his reputation, thus does no want to be involved in the incident where Romeo and Paris are both dead.The nurse also to a certain extent contributes to the death of the star-crossed lovers. The nurse nurtures Juliet from her adolescence because at that time, it was a tradition for rich wives to let wet nurse raise their infants. We can see the Nurse’s tender to Juliet as she tries to defend her from her furious parents (she risks the chance of being sacked), “God in heaven bless her. You are to blame my lord to rate her so.” and she warns Romeo about treating Juliet properly, “But first let me tell ye, if ye should lead her in a fool’s paradise…” seeing that his friend Mercutio mocks her. In spite of this great fond and considering the nurse as her surrogate parent, Juliet feels she can be confided in her. Yet, all of that faith collapses when the Nurse when needed the most to comfort Juliet’s piteous state, directs her to marry Paris, “I think it best you married with the County.O he’s lovely gentleman…/Your first is dead, or’t were as good he were,” as a result Juliet runs off to Friar Lawrence for advice. Hence, she makes an absurd plan with Friar Lawrence. I believe that the nurse advises her to marry Paris since she was blamed bitterly by Capulet for Juliet’s ingratitude, “And why, my lady wisdom? Hold your tongue. Good prudence, smatter with our gossips, go.” and so she wants to save her reputation. She claims Romeo to be dead to persuade Juliet. Further reason was that the Nurse takes no actions when discovering Juliet is in love with an enemy, she acts as a messenger and drops a ladder, allowing Romeo to spend a night with Juliet. But it can be argued as she was her nurse and was probably just trying to make Juliet content by fulfilling her wishes.Tybalt nephew to Lady Capulet should also be added to the list of people responsible for the death of Romeo and Juliet. Though he only committed one error, it was more than enough. Shakespeare presents Tybalt as a very stubborn man with a strong hatred heart against the Montagues. He more than any one else in the story keeps hatred alive between the two families because of his violence and to some extent he can be though of as the villain of the story.In the Capulet ball, he cannot endure Romeo’s presence. He is desperate to attack him but surprisingly Lord Capulet prevents him from doing so, “He shall be endured, What Goodman boy, I say he shall; Go to,” which intensifies the situation. Also from the fact that Capulet compliments Romeo. Tybalt as expected has clearly misinterpreted Romeo’s attendance (he thinks Romeo has attended to the ball to make fun of the Capulets) and sends a letter to Romeo challenging him to a fight.Romeo insists as the Prince has set a death penalty to who ever starts a commotion. Tybalt insults Romeo in an attempt to provoke a fight, “Boy, this shall not excuse the injuries, That thou hast done me, therefore turn and draw,” but Romeo still responds calmly and will not take up the challenge. Mercutio is also there at that scene. As he is very close with Romeo, he decides to step up for him. Mercutio’s bravery leads to a fight with Tybalt, which leads to the death of both of them. These events also conduct to Romeo’s banishment. It can be argued that Mercutio was also responsible for Romeo’s expulsion. It is true that he initiated the fight between Tybalt but he did not intend to fight as he thought Tybalt would back down.Rosaline, Benvolio and Paris the less obvious characters can also be said to be responsible for the tragic end when analysing sparingly. It is because of Romeo’s depression over Rosaline that urges Benvolio’s sympathising sense and so Benvolio wants to take action to soothe him. He constantly recommends Romeo to forget about Rosaline and look at other girls, “By giving liberty unto thine eyes. Examine other beauties.” He goes as far as setting this as a challenge to find Romeo another love, “I’ll pay that doctrine, or else die in debt.”As Rosaline’s name also appears in the invitation of the Capulet’s ball, Benvolio sees a chance and so persuades Romeo to attend the party to compare her beauty with other ladies, “At this same ancient feast of Capulet’s/ Sups the fair Rosaline whom thou so lov’st, With all the admired beauties of Verona…” Regardless of Romeo’s premonition and concerns, Benvolio insists on going to the ball. As a result, Romeo falls in love with Juliet which is the very start of their tragic death. His love for Rosaline is a contrast to his love for Juliet. Paris can be considered as a hindrance to Romeo and Juliet’s marriage.His constant proposal to Juliet incurs the clash with her parents which leads to the nurse’s treachery on Juliet (when she advices her to marry Paris rather than Romeo), and the dull plan of hers with the Friar. Paris’ love contrast between Juliet’s love for Romeo. She speaks with a bitter tone to Paris and uses a personification to give a vivid understanding, “The tears have got small victory by that, For it was bad enough before their spite.” Whereas with Romeo, she uses soft passionate words in a comforting tone, “My bounty is as boundless as the sea, My love as deep; the more I give to thee/ The more I have, for both are infinite.”The period played a vital role too. It was set in a time when patriarchal society still existed. Therefore, we can clearly see the relationship is very distant between the two lovebird and their parents. At the start, Romeo is in a confused state because of love. His father fails to realize this, “I neither know it, nor can learn of him,” when Benvolio asks him what is worrying Romeo.These lines also suggest that he is not accustomed of Romeo’s behaviour. However, Romeo confronts the Friar about his infatuation. Simultaneously Juliet is also very formal with her parents. When Lady Capulet calls her, she replies very formally, “Madam, I am here. What is your will?” But as Juliet changes so does their parents. When she refuses Paris’ offer, their parents seem to be full of anger and rage. Her father does seem to be genuinely concerned to arrange a good match for her: “Day, night, hour, tide, time, work, play. Alone, in company, still my care hath been.To have her matched.” These lines explains his overwhelming concern, whether at work or rest has been to arrange a suitable marriage for Juliet. Although he cannot understand why she is so ungrateful, “Doth she not count her blessed, Unworthy as she is, that we have wrought/ So worthy a gentleman to be her bride? Though, it is unsurprising that Juliet does not confess her secret marriage to them as Capulet threatens her with violence, “My fingers itch.” He warns Juliet that he will disown her if she does not obey him, “Get thee to church a Thursday, Or never after look me in the face.” He regards Juliet as a possession that he can distribute as he sees fit: “And you be mine, I’ll gie you to my friend; And you be not, hang, beg, starve, die in the streets, For by soul, I’ll ne’er acknowledge thee,”.These lines also tell us that Capulet would rather see Juliet dead or starving than have her disobey his commandment to marry Paris. I believe Capulet acts like this because he does not want to disappoint Paris who is a kinsman to the Prince. In addition, by marrying his daughter with Paris, he can increase his status possibly to be more powerful than the Montague, his archenemy. I think his threats contribute to the tragic since it causes a great dilemma for Juliet, whether to be loyal to family or love. She probably feels as though Capulet meant the entire disowning bit and so she prioritises Romeo. This reason I have picked because Romeo and Juliet might have consulted their parents in which they would have to some extent allowed this unusual love if their bonding was closer.Instead, they have to have a substitute parents, Romeo tells Friar Lawrence and Juliet tells her nurse. At the end, there is a contrast to Capulet’s feelings towards Juliet when she is found dead in her room, “alack my child is dead, And with my child my joys are buried.” However, this overwhelming sorrow might be from the fact that he will have disappointed Paris and the word ‘joy’ (which is personified to give a vivid image) suggests that he can no longer be able enjoy the fact that he will be more superior than the Montague if Juliet had successfully married Paris.At the beginning of the play, we are clearly informed about the feud that subsists between the Capulets and the Montagues: “from ancient grudge, break to new mutiny.” Romeo and Juliet are therefore required to hide their passionate love for each other from their families because the consequences would possibly as fatal as abandoning the two should their parents find out. I believe if Romeo and Juliet had not had to obscure their love then there would not have been a tragedy. They would not have needed to take any of the desperate measures they adopt. The feud leads to several key events that facilitate in their tragic death, such as the death of Mercutio and Tybalt; these crises lead to Romeo being banished, which aggravates the situation even more.There were chains of misfortunes occuring on in this tragic play; this doubtlessly contributed to the calamity. Romeo, out of nowhere, meets Peter, who happens to be illiterate seeking help in reading the names of the people in the invitation, “Perhaps you have learned it without book. But I, pray can you read anything you see?” Hence, Romeo hears about the Capulet party. It could be argued that this bad luck initiates the tragic death of Romeo and Juliet because they would have never bumped into each other if Romeo had not gatecrashed the party. After the party, Romeo decides to sneak in the Capulet mansion.He could of ended up anywhere other than Juliet’s balcony. There they share their feelings. During Mercutio and Tybalt’s conflict, Romeo barges in and Mercutio is stabbed, “…why the devil came you, between us? I was hurt under your arm.” Romeo seeks revenge on Tybalt. Just when Friar Lawrence and Juliet’s deceiving plan is about to fool everyone, there is a major setback. Balthasar happens to pop up at Juliet’s feigned funeral. He without doubt reports this incident to his master. After hearing this shocking news, Romeo feels he has a Hobson’s choice so he commits suicide.Now all the facts have been taken into consideration, I will give my conclusions. I strongly believe that fate overall is the foremost cause of the heartbreaking story. The ball is one of the most important factors in supporting the fate assumption. Romeo discovers about it from sheer coincidence through Peter, as he is illiterate. This supplies the encounter of Romeo with Juliet. In any case, either Romeo or Juliet would not have fallen in love with each other if they had perceived the other’s identity in advance.Therefore, the delay in this acknowledgement is absolutely down to fate. Simultaneously there is an ancient grudge within the two households and as a result, the lovebirds cannot avoid this. In addition, Romeo ending up in Juliet’s balcony, his eviction and the setback in the advent of the letter, which contained Juliet’s cunning plan, are all part of fate. There was nothing they could have done for fate to be prevented.

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