A Refleble Fate In William Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet

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Set in the conspicuous Italian city, “fair Verona,” William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet deals with the opposing ideas of predetermined fate and the power of choice as a consequence of the misfortune of his “star cross’d” lovers. Portraying this idea throughout the duration of the tragic play, Shakespeare incorporates different coincidences such as the lovers’ circumstantial meeting at the Capulet party and the calamitous death of Mercutio, which contribute to Romeo and Juliet’s denial of their fate, concluding their ephemeral romance when they make a fundamental choice – ultimately leading to their inevitable death. Immediately introducing Romeo as a grief-stricken entity, Shakespeare exhibits how Benvolio, Romeo’s eloquent cousin, plays a significant role in the protagonist’s decision to attend the Capulet party, and therefore, resulting in the confrontation of Romeo and Juliet that would conclusively lead to mishap for themselves and for the citizens of Verona. Unintentionally questioned by an illiterate servant to read an invitation, Romeo is asked “I pray, sir, can you read?” discovering that this invitation belongs to the “feast of Capulet.” Subsequent to discovering the impending Capulet party, Benvolio advises Romeo to attend the banquet, eagerly requesting him to “Compare (Rosaline’s) face with some that I shall show,” compelling the tragic hero to hesitantly respond “I’ll go along no such sight to be shown.” As Romeo knowingly appears at the party of the

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