Fate in Romeo and Juliet Argumentative Essay

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Fate in Romeo and Juliet


"Two households, both alike in dignity, / In fair Verona, where we lay our scene, / From
ancient grudge brakes to new mutiny, / Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean. / From
forth the fatal lions of these foes / A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life; /
Whose misadventured piteous overthrows / Doth with their death bury their parentís strife.
/ The fearful passage of their death-marked love, / And the continuance of their parentís
rage, / Which, but their childrenís end, naught could removeÖ" -The Prologue, Romeo and
Juliet (by William Shakespeare).


Fate plays a major role in the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet. The prologue describes Romeoís
and Julietís fate, which we see come up many times later on in the play. Throughout the
play, Romeo and Juliet unwittingly realize they cannot exist in such reality and that a
tragic fate awaits them. The two families, the Montagues and the Capulets continue being
rivals all the way to the end of the play until the inevitable event takes its place.


In the play, there are many pieces of evidence that further present the prologueís sad
foretold reality. Even as early as the first scene of the play, we already see some
evidence to back up the prologue. "[Romeo]ÖAnd makes himself and artificial night." (I, i,
38) This passage can be seen as the foreshadowing of Romeoís suicide. Another line said by
Montague, which is "Unless good council may the cause remove" (I, i, 140), also is
evidence of Romeoís tragedy. In the first act, Romeo is introduced. His great sadness is
shown right away and the theme of love is seen as well. Through Romeoís mellow mood we see
how desperate he is for love. Romeo is in love with Juliet, which is the daughter of an
enemy to the house of Montagues. Fate is definitely involved here, and this innocent love
is the first step in a chain of events that lead to the fate driven tragedy. In the same
scene, Tybalt is infuriated with Romeo. He is ready to kill him and believes that Romeo is
his sworn enemy.


Tybalt. This, by his voice, should be a Montague
Fetch me my rapier, boy. What, dares the slave
Come hither, covered with an antic face,
To fleer and scorn at our solemnity?
Now, by the stock and honor of my kin,
To strike him dead I hold not a sin.
(I, vi, lines 54-59)

And to even worsen the situation, Tybalt, says the following to his father, in the intent
to show that he is not joking and that he is going to try and kill Romeo: "I will
withdraw; but this intrusion shall, now seeming sweet; convert to bittírest gall." (I, vi,
lines 91-92) The two familiesí rage here is shown and also fate takes its slow coarse and
death is already foreshadowed. It is very important to emphasize at this point that the
love between Romeo and Juliet cannot exist because of the rage between the two families.
Fate is already taking its place. And this particular event, the first acquaintance
between Romeo and Juliet, has started the chain of tragic events that shall eventually
bring peace to the streets of Verona. Here is another passage which underlines the effect
of Romeoís and Julietís deaths: "For this alliance may so happy prove to turn your
householdsí rancor to pure love." Many times there are small reminders between the lines,
of the tragic fate that the play is heading towards. Such one is this: "Friar. These
violent delights have violent ends and in their triumph die, like fire and powder, which,
as they kiss, consume." (II, vii, lines 9-11) This line tells of sad reality and its
consequences. As tough as reality might be, it gets even worse for Juliet and her Romeo.
She has to marry Parris because her father wants her to do so. She now has to hide her
love and secretly meet Romeo, so that no man in Verona shall know of their forbidden love.
Her fate it sealed, as it now seems. But stars have different intents with Romeo and
Juliet. As Juliet is in despair, she confronts the Friar Lawrence. They talk of how they
shall not allow Juliet to marry Parris. Juliet, in a state of madness, talks of horrible
things, and convinces the Friar that she shall go to any means in order to avoid being
with Parris. Going back on the events, fate has played its role many times. The quarrel
between Tybalt and Mercutio is the aftermath of Romeoís appearance at the Capuletís Ball.
When Mercutio is slain by Tybalt, Romeo seeks revenge, and in term, slays Tybalt. The
tragic cycle of events is leaving Romeo no choice but to flee Verona and live in the
shadows until his name is forgotten and he is able to go back. Much is happening while he
is gone, and in the midst of all the chaos, Juliet is in great depression, which brings us
back to her talk with the Friar. Julietís father is a large disappointment, and his
practical view of Julietís marriage consumes him and pushes his actions to extreme limits.
He is so outraged at Juliet for not wanting to marry Parris, he holds himself no more and
speaks his true thoughts.


Capulet. I tell thee what Ė get thee to Church on Thursday
Or never after look me in the face.
Speak not, reply not, do not answer me!
My fingers itch. Wife, we scarce though us blest
That God has lent us but this only child;
But now I see this one is one too much,
And that we have a curse in having her
Out on her, hilding!
(III, vi, lines 162-169)

Little does he know, that he is totally wrong. God ( representing fate), send Juliet to
stop the ageless war. It is not "a curse in having her", but rather a blessing, which
shall prove to be a tragic one indeed. The most fate driven event in the tragedy of Romeo
and Juliet, must be the misunderstanding of Julietís death by the Romeoís ambassador and
the inability of the messenger to deliver the Friarís letter to Romeo.
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