Romeo and Juliet Essay

1107 WordsJun 14, 20125 Pages
Romeo and Juliet is a play written by William Shakespeare, about two people from disputing families. These two people are named Romeo and Juliet, and all they want is to be together, but everything goes wrong for them. Romeo and Juliet mainly based on predetermined destinies and the two definitions of star-crossed lovers, different perspectives are shown after the death of Romeo and Juliet, and the tie of fate is shown when Romeo and Juliet kill themselves to be together. We hear in the prologue of Romeo and Juliet, how Romeo and Juliet are described as “star-cross’d lovers”, which is a phrase “often describing a pair of lovers whose relationship is said to be doomed from the start”. The direct translation of this phrase would be two people who love each other and were destined to meet or who have bad luck. This is because lovers are people who love each other very much, and “star” is commonly used to refer to fate so star-crossed would mean ill-fated or destined to meet. People of this era commonly believed in predetermined destinies. Predetermined destinies are like roles people were assigned to do when they were born, and no one could change it. As you can see, predetermined destiny was a very common belief during this time, and is what Romeo and Juliet is mainly based off of. If you study what people thought and how they reacted to the deaths of Romeo and Juliet, you can see where the beliefs of predetermined destiny are strongest. In the last scene, after both Romeo and Juliet are dead, and the prince has arrived with both families, there are many questions asked about the death of the two. However, these questions are only directed to how the two died, no one commented on the marriage of Romeo and Juliet, or even why the two killed themselves. In Act V scene III, Friar Laurence admits that “Romeo, there dead, was husband to that Juliet” and that he had

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