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Romeo and Juliet: Fate or Free Will

  • Date Submitted: 01/28/2010 10:18 AM
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      The play Romeo and Juliet was one of the most famous love tragedies ever written.   This love story unfortunately had a fatal ending. Many people argue over why the lovers had died, was it over Free Will or Fate?

      The death of Romeo and Juliet was partially because of free will. The fact that Romeo and Juliet got married knowing that there was a bitter feud between their families, the Montague and Capulet’s.   This feud brought on many problems, such as the murder of Tybalt by Romeo. Juliet knew that this might be a problem for Her and Romeo. Juliet had said: “What’s in a name”?   Which explains her ill fate of being a Capulet and Romeo being a Montague. When Romeo tells his servant “ Ay, mine own fortune in my misery”. This illustrates that he does not care what name Juliet nor He has.   Many believe they had died over love but others believe it was over the hatred that the families experienced. I believe they had died over the love they had for each other, strong enough that their lives could end so suddenly if something horrible had come between them, and that was exactly how it happened. This tragedy occurred

within five days of the two meeting, they experienced love at first sight, got married and quickly were dead.

        Free Will became a part of this when Juliet decided to take Friar Laurence’s advise in inhaling a potion that will make people assume she is died but will awake in 42 hours prier to when she took it. When Romeo had heard the news that Juliet was dead, he assumed it was true, and responded with the line; “Well Juliet, I will lay with thee tonight”.   To me this line indicated how he feels for Juliet by dying in her will.

        The fact that Free Will didn’t take control of the story; it left Fate to be the murder of the lovers. Fate first kicked in when their eyes met at the Capulet party. When Romeo and Juliet spoke, their words had powerful contentment; they had such a strong feeling for one another...


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