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Romeo and Juliet Victims of Fate

  • Date Submitted: 01/28/2010 12:23 AM
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  Even though nobody likes it, bad luck exists.   There is no way to get rid of it,   it is just a part of life.   Not everything can go the way someone wants it to.   If something random happens to someone and it favours them, like winning the lottery, then that is good luck for that person. Likewise, if something random happens to someone and it is unfavourable, like a rampaging rhinoceros escaping from a nearby zoo and brutally slaughtering them and 23 other people, that would be bad luck.   Just like everybody else, William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet are victims of bad luck.   The Capulets and Montagues hate each other, Juliet has an arranged marriage to Paris, and there is a plague in the city of the messenger.   And so it is bad luck and fate that ultimately cause the deaths of Romeo and Juliet.

Firstly, the Capulets and Montagues are at odds with each other.   Members of each house and servants break into a sword fight,   clashing with each other.   Sampson says "Draw, if you be men.   Gregory, remember thy swashing blow."   (Act 1, Scene 1, Line 60).   The feuding between the two families motivates Sampson to challenge the Capulets.   Another example of how the two houses despise each other is what Romeo and his friends have to do to get into the Capulet feast.   So they will not be recognized, Romeo, Mercutio, and Benvolio wear comic masks to hide their faces.   Mercutio says, "Give me a case to put my visage in"   (Act 1, Scene 4, Line 29).   They do not want to be recognized because of the hatred between the two houses.   Also, Romeo and Juliet are not supposed to be in love: "My only love sprung from my only hate! / Too early seen unknown, and known too late! / Prodigious birth of love it is to me, / That I must love a loathed enemy." says Juliet (Act 1, Scene 5, Lines 137-140).   They are not supposed to love each other because it just so happens that each of their houses despise each other.   It is unfortunate for Romeo...


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