Cecilia This “star-crossed lovers”, Romeo and Juliet had
Cecilia DipMs. AlbaEnglishJanuary 15, 2018Romeo and JulietRomeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare, is about teenagers rivals that fell in love and ended with their own death. Romeo and Juliet’s parents, Montagues and Capulets, despiting each other without knowing the reason behind as the chorus said “from ancient grudge break to new mutiny”(prologue, page 4), cause a family feud between them “A plague o’ both your houses!” as Mercutio said just as he was dying. As the families hated each other, the young teenagers knew their love was forbidden just as they met. Though they are rivals, destiny brought them together the night of a Capulet party. This “star-crossed lovers”, Romeo and Juliet had a destined life to fall in a forbidden love and die for the good of the families. Their death ended the feud between their families. Though it seem as a cruel and inhuman sacrifice, the families needed peace and end the hating and conflict between them. They both believed in a stronger force, fate, controlling them and blame it every time. In Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare displays the characters as having a destined life to die at the beginning of the play. Though they make their own decisions and think they are in control of their actions, their fate is already planned. Romeo and Juliet were rivals destined to met each other to stop the fighting between each other and die. Romeo, Mercutio and Benvolio went to a Capulet party to see Romeo’s ex lover, Rosaline, but instead met the “love of his life”, Juliet. Just after that, Romeo realizes Juliet was his enemy and knew their love was prohibited and not allowed as Romeo said “Is she a Capulet?/O dear account! My life is my foe’s debt.” (Act 1, Scene 5, Page 38), meaning he knew that their love was wrong since their parents hated each other and still fell in love with her and knew there was nothing he could have done. It was planned by fate that they met there. It was destined for them to do that so the family problems and fued stop between the two families since it had been going on since years, as the chorus said “A pair of star-cross’d lovers take their life, whose misadventured piteous overthrows doth with their death bury their parents’ strife” (prologue, page 4). Romeo and Juliet, with their family feud, had to hate each other without knowing the reason behind it, though they end up loving each other and doing things to be together without family approval which leads to a tragedy. We can see that the character are conscious of what they are doing. Romeo, for example, just before going to the party with Mercutio and Benvolio, knew something wrong was going to happen that night as he said ” I fear too early, for mind misgives/ some consequence yet hanging in the stars/ Shall Bitterly begin his fearful date/ with this night’s revels, and expire the term/ of a despised life closed in my breast/ by some vile forfeit of untimely death.”(Act I, Scene IV, Page 32) Romeo knew that something is going to happen that will end with his own death. Juliet as well knew that something bad was going to happen when Romeo left as she said “O God, I have an ill-divining soul!/ Methinks I see thee, now thou art below,/ As one dead in the bottom of a tomb:/ Either my eyesight fails, or thou look’st pale”(Act Act III Scene V page 102). Knowing that their fate was to be apart and do things to be together and die, Juliet said “O fortune, fortune! All men call thee fickle./ If thou art fickle, what dost thou with him/ That is renowned for faith? Be fickle, fortune,/ For then, I hope, thou wilt not keep him long,/ But send him back.” (Act III Scene V page 102) just after having a bad feeling. She wanted fate to change his mind and make them have a happy ending. No matter what choices you take, you’ll always end up where fate whats you to be, just as Romeo and Juliet did. “I dreamt my lady came and found me dead, / strange dream, that gives a dead man leave to think!” (Act V, Scene I, Page 131), Romeo said, foreshadowing that Juliet found him dead and killed herself. We also can see that the characters believe in this greater force, fate. After killing Tybalt, Romeo screams “O, I am fortune’s fool!” (Act III, Scene I, Page 80). He believes he is controlled by fate and blames it everytime something goes wrong because he knows it is fate acting on him and no matter what they did they end up at what they deserve. He defies the “stars” thinking Juliet is really dead, “Is it even so? Then I defy you star!” (Act V, Scene I, Page 132). During the story we see also a twist in fate when Friar John doesn’t deliver the letter, saying the plan they had so they could be together, caused a great assumption between Romeo and Juliet of death that the feeling of lost and despair descend into suicide. When Friar Lawrence found out that the letter wasn’t sent to Romeo, he said “Unhappy Fortune! By my brotherhood,/ the letter was not nice, but full of charge.” (Act V, Scene II, Page 136). When Friar Lawrence said “Unhappy Fortune” he meant the bad fate the two lovers had and that he could do anything about it. Sometimes bad things are done to good people to end problems, just as Romeo and Juliet’s death ended the feud that had been on for years. Fate brought them together and fate separated each other for good, though it happened to the most innocent people on the play. Every decision and choices we make leads us to another, but no matter which one they made they ended up to their destiny.