The Inevitable: An Assessment of destiny within Romeo and Juliet

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Throughout time, fate has been defined in countless ways. It symbolizes something else for each person, and many people believe in fate and that it is not our decision. However, in Romeo and Juliet, the choices the lovers make become their impulsive actions, which cause them to form their own tragic destiny. There is the thought that God, or the people around us can shape our fate. For instance, in Romeo and Juliet there are many references of destiny being caused by the stars. In the prologue, Romeo and Juliet are described as “A pair of star-crossed lovers”; stating that the two lovers are cursed by fate, God, and the stars (Act I, scene i). Along with this, in act iii scene I, Romeo refers to himself as “fortune’s fool”. This statement means that he feels like a man who is made a fool of by fortune and fate. When in fact, he is made a fool by his own actions. Aristotle created the many requirements of a tragic hero, all of which Romeo possesses. He has both a hamartia and a tragic flaw; these are what truly cause the tragic ending to Romeo’s life. He had many miscalculations within the play, the most important of which is putting his trust in Balthasar and assuming Juliet to be dead. While that may have been the final contribution to his death, his tragic flaw is what is shown throughout the play. This flaw can be plainly stated as Romeo being far too impulsive. He seems to be driven by the idea of fate, and does not thoroughly think about his decisions. His character in the play thinks of life and love as such a quick thing, as if he is thinking to himself that if he doesn’t go with his instincts, his life will not be decent or respectable. When truthfully, these instincts are the origin of his dire choices, resulting in the end of his life. While those examples refer to a higher power that control fate, there are many people who believe those around

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