The role played by fate or chance in the love affair of Romeo and Juliet.

Essay by pink_lloydHigh School, 10th gradeA-, August 2003

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At the very beginning of the play we hear of fate 'a pair of star-crossed lovers'. This implies that from the very beginning, the young couple were destined to fall in love and then die. 'Star-crossed' refers to the astrological outlook on destiny that was much more widely accepted when Shakespeare wrote his tragedy, maybe that is why it holds peoples interest so much because in the modern world, most people believe that they have a sense of responsibility and can control their own lives. People may find it interesting as a different outlook on life.

Romeo and Juliet are the main characters used to demonstrate the way that fate and chance have a great influence over our lives. From these fated events comes tragedy but a Shakespearean tragedy is never only sad. In this play there is the contrasting love that heals old wounds from their deaths so we are led to believe that in the end after all the terrible things that happen to Romeo and Juliet; love overcomes hate.

The self-sacrifice of Romeo and Juliet who are equal in love, and willing to die for each other, is a strong contrast to the hate that is alive in Verona between the two families. This is shown continually throughout the play especially between the younger generations. 'Romeo, the love I bear thee can afford no better term than this: thou art a villain.'

I think that it is such a powerful drama because nobody can really be blamed for their deaths. To some extent we may blame some of the other characters ; The Friar, Mercutio, Tybalt, The fathers but if Romeo and Juliet's lives are ruled by fate then so must the other characters lives so in the end all the events that occur, regardless...