Free Will In Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet

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Emerson Katz-Justice 3/4/15 HHHCP The Fate of Romeo and Juliet Tragedy is often unavoidable. In Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet suffer untimely deaths. However, their deaths are not simply coincidences. Fate plays an important role, in both personal and social forms. Their deaths are also predetermined from the rules of a Shakespearean tragedy. Although the characters may believe that they have free will, there are greater forces at work. This tragic story occurs because of several fateful events. These events are unlikely to be coincidences, as there would be a small chance of so many. When Juliet plans to fake her death, she means to send a message to Romeo informing him about the plan. When the message is given to Friar John to send, he is unable to do so because of a plague in the city: “I could not send it—here it is again/ Nor get a messenger to bring it to thee/ So fearful were they of infection” (5.3.14-16). Because of this unfortunate…show more content…
In Verona, there is a massive feud between the Capulets and the Montagues, and several people have already died from it. Everyone involved is in danger, and Romeo and Juliet are no exception. Because of how the feud affects their two families, their deaths are forseeable. Romeo has fought and killed a Capulet. That makes him into a target, and it is only a matter of time until someone seeks revenge. The only real question is how. Juliet, as a part of this feud, is also in danger. A tragic outcome is likely, and, with these battles, it comes as no surprise. When the Chorus is talking about what will happen, they say, “A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life/ Whose misadventured piteous overthrows/ Doth with their deaths bury their parents’ strife” (Prologue.6-8). This quote shows that Romeo and Juliet were destined to die, as this outcome was foretold by the
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