Romeo And Juliet Essay

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Napoleon Bonaparte once said, "There is no such thing as an accident; it is Fate misnamed." This is clearly shown in The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet is a play about love and hate and the eventual demise of "star-crossed lovers," Romeo and Juliet. Shakespeare eloquently states throughout the play that Fate is to blame for the lover's deaths in the end. While some may argue that the characters are to blame due to their choices, which, the readers may claim, were acts or free will, the reality of the situation is that Fate is to blame for causing Romeo and Juliet to fall in love as well as causing the situations that led to their deaths.
To begin, Romeo and Juliet falling in love was all by the wicked hands of Fate. One example of Fate being behind the doomed love is seen at the beginning of the play, when Lord Capulet sends a servant out to invite people on a list he is given to a party at the Capulet house. The servant, unable to read, happens to bump into Romeo and asks for his help. Romeo, happy to oblige, sees Rosaline, his "love," is on the list and, after the servant kindly invites him to attend the party, Romeo debates whether or not he should go to the Capulet's house. Finally, after Benvolio, Romeo's cousin, insists Romeo goes to the party to at least compare Rosaline to the other women of Verona, Romeo declares, "I'll go along, no such sight to be shown, / But to rejoice in splendor of mine own" (1.2.107-8). Romeo has decided to attend the party in hopes that he may be able to win over his "love" Rosaline. But, without chance (i.e. fate) meddling in the affairs of both the Capulets and the Montagues, Romeo would have never been invited to the party. The servant of the Capulet house happens to bump into Romeo, of all people. Fate is clearly behind this, setting up the possibility, or more so, the eventuality, of Romeo meeting and falling in love with Juliet. Fate is seen again playing a part in this tragic love story a little while later, when Romeo sees Juliet for the first time and is hypnotized by her beauty, claiming, "The measure done, I'll watch her place of stand / And, touching hers, make blessed my rude hand. / Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight! / For I ne'er saw true beauty till this night" (1.5 55-58). Romeo swears he has never loved any woman before Juliet, nor has he ever seen true beauty until he saw Juliet. He promises to touch the hand of Juliet, after the dance is over. When Romeo approaches, Juliet and Romeo exchange some words before they kiss, sealing their fate. When the Nurse, Juliet's servant, reveals that Romeo is a Montague, Juliet exclaims, "My only love, sprung from my only hate! / Too early seen unknown, and I known too late! / Prodigious birth of love it is to me / That I must love a loathed enemy (1.5.154-7). Juliet refers to falling in love with Romeo as "prodigious" or unlucky, suggesting that chance played a role in their newfound love....

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