Romeo and Juliet: Was Romeo & Juliet's love controlled by fate?

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Does fate play an important role in the lives of young love? Often, youths lives are controlled and guided by their parents' hands, but there are certain situations that are out of their control. Many aspects of Romeo and Juliet's lives were complete acts of fate, and fate was largely responsible for the outcome of each situation. Fate was directly involved with the young lovers' meeting, separation and final downfall.

Firstly, it was necessary for Romeo and Benvolio to come across Capulet's servant and be informed of the grand party because this is where Romeo would meet Juliet. Capulet's servant was unable to read the scroll of invitations he was given, so he went in search of educated people that could. It was an act of fate that the Montagues ran into the servant and found out about the Capulets' feast. Benvolio's persistent suggestion of attending the party eventually led Romeo to be love struck by Juliet's beauty: "O she doth teach the torches to burn bright...Beauty

too rich for use, for earth too dear!" Romeo and Juliet began admiring each other, which soon transferred into a blossoming love. Juliet's attention was then diverted from avoiding Paris's courting to accepting Romeo's romantic charm. This was how Romeo and Juliet were destined to meet and begin their forbidden love.

Fate's will to have Romeo banished from Verona came at the price of Mercutio and Tybalt's lives. Tybalt was an individual filled with hatred as well as a bad temper. As a result, his actions often led to the undoing of others. Tybalt began trash talking with the Montagues and demanded that Romeo confront him and engage in a duel with him. As Romeo refused this challenge he stated that he had a new love for Tybalt that Tybalt would never...