Romeo And Juliet. Essay

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When I look at the movie version of Romeo and Juliet by Luhrman, in comparison to the original text, lots of comparisons and comments come to my mind. The question that I want to answer is," Is The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet Fate or Fortune?" I mean, was this all of God's Will, or was it that Romeo came upon a string of bad luck? Different people have different opinions about was it fate or fortune. I said that it was a little bit of both. However, my feelings are more strongly directed to fate. In the text, it appeared to me that they were devout in their religious faith, seeing as though the Friar was their confidant and religious mentor. However, in comparison to the Luhrman film, the Friar as well as the nurse seemed as if they didn't really didn't care. Now everything happens for a reason and if this is God's will then you have to live with it. On the other hand, one could argue that it was fortune that allowed Romeo to come across a string of bad luck. It is all about what you think.In act III, i, 134 when Romeo states that he is fortune's fool, I think that he was saying that because of all of the bad things that just happened to him. First, he got the blood of his enemy on him. Then, he is exiled out of Verona. Things really weren't going his way. The year of the time in which the story takes place is about 1568. So, being exiled was worse than death at that time. The book really took emphasis on Romeo's strong feelings of how he didn't want to be exiled. He said that he would rather face death than be exiled. Back in that day, cities and towns weren't next to each other like it is present day. It wasn't like he could leave Verona and go live in Rome. Once you were exiled from a city or a town, you were left to just live in the woods somewhere. That is why Romeo considered himself to be fortune's fool. To top off all of the bad things that had happened to him, he now had to leave Verona. If Friar John wasn't accused of being "infected"(see act V ii, l 13-16) Romeo would have gotten the letter, and he would not have had to kill himself. That is why I think the Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet was fortune.The Luhrman film sort of swayed me to think that it was fate that brought them together. The original text made it seem like it was fate that brought Romeo and Juliet together. And the fact that Luhrman made it seem like it was fate in his film made it a whole lot easier to draw the connection between the two when I compared them. The film made it...

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