“Ultimate fate and destiny caused the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet”. Discuss. Romeo and Juliet is possibly the most well-known of Shakespeare’s plays and is consideration to be the most famous love story in English literature. Love between two young people is the theme of the play which prepares us for the ultimate fate and destiny through tragedy and sorrow of two young lovers ‘Romeo and Juliet’. The ultimate fate and destiny of Romeo and Juliet who would do anything to be together but the tragedy of death cannot be avoided because of their own actions,; young immature love and the barriers of a long standing family feud.
Romeo and Juliet frequently notice signs, such as when Romeo believes that Juliet is dead, he cried, ‘then I defy you, stars,’ (Act V, Scene I, Line 24) confirming the idea that Romeo and Juliet’s love, was not a part of their fate. The mechanism of destiny is clear in all areas involving the lovers: the feud between their families, the disasters that ruin Friar Lawrence’s plans and the tragic timing of Romeo’s suicide and Juliet’s awakening. These are not simple coincidences, but a manifestation of destiny, which causes the unavoidable deaths of Romeo and Juliet. “If only...” If only the letter was delivered to Romeo, if only Juliet had woken up sooner, if only fate was on their side. Against all odds, Romeo and Juliet did not give up their love for each other, right to the very end.
However, he soon falls in deep, passionate, love with Juliet. Was Romeo’s love for Rosaline real? Was it possible that he could fall in love again so quickly or was his feelings for Juliet just a “rebound”? Romeo matures from a boy with his first love experience into a man who understands an unconditional, passionate love for a woman. Romeo believes himself to be in love with this girl he has known for quite some time.
Spiritual and Political Leader Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi once said, “Love is the strangest force the world possesses…”. This observation signifies how love is so common yet is always underestimated for its strength. In William Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet, the emotion of love is a violent, ecstatic, overpowering force that takes precedence over all other values and thoughts of characters in the play. Initially, Romeo’s actions are caused by the love inside of him. Friar Laurence, Mercutio and Juliet are all embroiled in his love.
Romeo and Juliet see each other for the first time and they fell in love instantly. When Romeo first meets Juliet he says, “Then move not while my prayer effect I take. Thus from my lips, my sin is pug’d” (1.5.104-105). After this he kisses Juliet and a little while later he kisses her again. This quote is a paradox because while reading this the reader can apprehend that the unintended meeting was not as bad as it should have been.
‘Good Capulet, which name I tender as dearly as my own.’ The audience know the reason why Romeo won’t fight Tybalt, which is because Romeo and Juliet are now married. ‘The reason that I have to love thee.’ The audience know that Romeo must love Tybalt because they are now related. The other characters did not know about the wedding and are confused by what Romeo is saying. The dramatic irony in this scene makes it such an intense scene to watch. It is also a significant scene because it leads to Mercutio fighting Tybalt and Mercutios death.
The play has become a symbol of love; the term “Romeo” is used to label passionate young lovers. Shakespeare’s multifaceted treatment of love, by exploring love in its many forms, threaded the key relationships in the play. At the start of the play, Romeo is described as being in love with Rosaline, which is presented as an impulsive, unrequited infatuation. No one thinks his feelings for her will last, even Friar Lawrence: when Romeo queries why the Friar scolds him for loving Rosaline, the Friar replied “For doting not for loving, pupil mine.”(ii. iii.
Tybalt coveted to extrude Romeo out from the reception except Lord Capulet tolerated Romeo because of his umpteen lauds. During the courtship party Tybalt recognized Romeo, “by his voice, [and that he was] a Montague [... their] foe; A villain, that [was] hither come in spite [...] content thee, gentle coz, [leave] him alone. ‘A bears him like a portly gentleman [...] he shall be endured” (I.5.59-84). Romeo would never have been able to meet Juliet if Lord Capulet had let Tybalt eject him from their gathering. Lord Capulet essentially endorsed Juliet’s relationship with Romeo without even knowing it.
When looking at the play Romeo and Juliet, it is made apparent that this love the characters speak of is just simply an illusion they have of love. Nonetheless, this illusionary love has a major effect on their character. Some characters jump quickly into what they believe is love and let it become a huge force of their life to the point where they change who they are and eventually let it take force of their life. Romeo and Juliet is known for its theme of love all around the world. It has a powerful focus on the intense passion between the character of Romeo and Juliet first sight of each other.
In Romeo and Juliet, love and hate share the same feature in that they are both senseless and mysterious. While at some points love may be the passion used to drive Romeo head over heels for Juliet, at other times hate may be the same passion used to drive Tybalt into murderous fury. Both love and hate can be at times blinding and become as compelling as an influence that everything else is of low significance. Consequences may be ignored and lives may be lost in the process. The never-ending brawl between the Montagues and Capulets in due course envelops the lovers into conflict.