Romeo and Juliet - Literary Insight Essay

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Romeo and Juliet – Literary Insight Essay Fate is a constant and unchangeable force. Some people may argue that fate is something that is meant to happen for the greater good and not a tragedy. The story of Romeo and Juliet can be influenced by many characters in the play, however the evidence clearly states that fate is responsible for the demise of the ‘star-cross’d lover’s’ (Prologue.6). Their births into a family feud, the plague and the couple meeting are all out of the hands of Romeo and Juliet. First, fate is responsible for the two main characters meeting because from the first page of the play we hear about fate. Fate shows up in many scenes in the play, but mainly in the part when Romeo and Juliet meet for the first time. Romeo and Juliet are referred to as “star-cross’d lover’s” (Prologue.6) from the chorus. It also says that their love is “death mark’d” (Prologue.9), this means that fate will bring them together, but that Romeo and Juliet have no control over what is going to happen to them in there life and fate will eventually lead them to their demise. Romeo and Juliet had no control over falling in love with each other and the unfortunate events that followed. Second, fate has a huge impact on Romeo and Juliet being born into the family feud between the Capulet and Montague’s. The actions of the feuding families set into motion the unfortunate events that lead to the demise of Romeo and Juliet. From the start of the play the chorus begins to talk about how the two families hold an “ancient grudge” (Prologue.3) on each other. It also states that Romeo and Juliet were born from “the fatal lions of these two foes” (Prologue.5). This is saying that the families have been fighting for many years and that Romeo and Juliet were born into this family feud. Many of the situations that take place in the play are based on the feud between the families,

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