Romeo And Juliet - Time And Fa Essay

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Romeo And Juliet - Time And Fa


Romeo and Juliet, said to be one of the most famous love stories of all times, is a play
anchored on time and fate. Some actions are believed to occur by chance or by destiny. The
timing of each action influences the outcome of the play. While some events are of less
significance, some are crucial to the development of this tragedy. The substantial events
that inspire the conclusion of Romeo and Juliet are; the Capulet ball, the quarrel
experienced by Tybalt and Romeo, and Friar John's plague.


A servant to Capulet, who is incapable of reading the list of guests, asks for Romeo's
assistance. Romeo notices that Rosaline, his lover, is among these names. Benvolio
challenges Romeo to compare her with other "beauties." Benvolio predicts, "Compare her
face with some that I shall show,/ And I will make thee think thy swan a crow." (I, ii, l
86-87) To show his appreciation, the servant asks for Romeo's presence at the ball. Romeo
should have considered the servant's warning; if Romeo occupies the name of Montague, he
shall not be permitted. Once at the ball, Romeo is searching for a maiden to substitute
the unrequited love of Rosaline. Romeo happens to gaze upon Juliet, who charms Romeo.
Romeo proclaims, " Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight!/ For ne'er saw true
beauty till this night." (I, v, l 52-53) Since Romeo declares his love for Juliet, she
feels the attraction also. They believe that they are in love and must marry. However, it
is a genuine coincidence that Romeo and Juliet were at the same place, at the same time.


Some days after the ball, Benvolio and Mercutio are conversing, in regard to the
quarrelsome weather. Benvolio declares, "The day is hot, the Capulets abroad,/ And if we
meet we shall not ‘scape a brawl,/ For now these got days is the mad blood stirring."
(III, i, l 2-4) At this point, Tybalt, who has challenged Romeo because of his appearance
at the masquerade, enters, seeking Romeo. On Romeo's behalf, Mercutio struggles with
Tybalt, while Romeo, who is filled with love for his new cousin, tries to end their
boldness. Before escaping, Tybalt plunges his sword into Mercutio, causing death to fall
upon him. Mercutio blames Romeo and the feud for his fate. Romeo kills Tybalt, who taunts
Romeo, upon his return. Romeo fears he will be condemned to death if he does not flee
before the arrival of the Prince. Benvolio recalls the events that have happened, with
some embellishment. The Prince declares:


And for that offence/ Immediately we do exile him hence./ I hav an in your hate's
proceeding,/ My blood for your rude brawls doth lie a-bleeding;/ But I'll amerce you with
so strong a fine/ That you shall repent the loss of mine./ I will be deaf to pleading and
excuses;/ Nor tears nor prayers shall purchase out abuses;/ Therefore use none. Let Romeo
hence in haste,/ Else, when he's found, that hour is his last./ Bear hence this body and
attend our will./ Mercy but murders, pardoning those that kill. (III, i, l 185-195)

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