Fate in Romeo and Juliet

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Fate is the prominent reason for the death of both Romeo and Juliet. In the prologue, they are illustrated as “A pair of star-crossed lovers” and later on their love is described as “death mark’d”. Right in the beginning, Shakespeare demonstrates that fate will bring them together, but it will also be the cause of their death. The play could have had a very different conclusion if some circumstances had been different. Perhaps the biggest determining factor of Romeo and Juliet’s demise was the fact that their families were feuding. Another example of this is when Romeo goes to buy poison. Poison was illegal in Manchua, but luckily for Romeo, the apothecary was poor and in need for money. The apothecary did not want to sell the poison to Romeo, but as he states “My poverty, but not my will consents”, he was desperate for the money. There were too many coincidences in the story; fate had to be the determining factor. Fate also had an effect on some of the characters’ decision making. The character that fate had the biggest impact on was Friar Lawrence. If fate had not made the Friar accept the marriage, their deaths would not have occurred. Friar was also the person who orchestrated the plan to fake the death of Juliet. This plan failed miserably and caused the death of the two lovers. Another character that fate influenced was the Nurse. The Nurse was the first person to be notified of the relationship between Romeo and Juliet and she could have easily stopped the marriage. Another example is Tybalt’s death, which resulted in the wedding of Paris and Juliet to be planned earlier and resulted in Romeo’s banishment from Verona. Another character that fate decided to impact was Capulet. If Capulet had not changed the day of the marriage, there would have been no confusion. All these characters did certain things that could not have been a coincidence, fate was
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