Essay on Romeo and Juliet Tragedy of Character or Tragedy of Fate?

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Sierra Davenport Mr. Gingery CP English 1 6 March 2013 Romeo and Juliet Tragedy of Fate or Tragedy of Character Romeo and Juliet is a story of a forbidden love, written by William Shakespeare. Some may say that it is a tragedy of fate. Fate is defined as forces outside of your control that makes things happen. An example of fate is when you miss your bus and meet the person who will turn out to be your spouse while you’re standing on the platform waiting on the next bus. I think Romeo and Juliet is the exact opposite of fate, they undoubtedly took things into their own hands. The tragedy in this story didn’t start until Romeo killed Mercutio, like I said; fate is when the forces outside of your control take action. Romeo …show more content…

There was a million and one ways to go about getting out of marrying Paris, this was by far the easiest but it resulted into Romeo believing she actually was dead. Lastly, the biggest tragedy of all, Romeo gets word from Balthasar that Juliet is dead and because Friar John wasn’t able to get Friar Laurence’s letter to Romeo explaining the plan and what was going to happen, Romeo, completely naïve, goes to the apothecary to get a poison to commit suicide to be with Juliet on the other side. He rides to Verona from Mantua to be beside Juliet when he kills himself and not knowing that Friar Laurence was coming, he says his last words and drinks the poison. When Juliet wakes and sees Romeo lying on the ground dead she is so dumbfounded and speechless that she was unable to leave, but because the watch was coming the Friar had to leave. So when Juliet was alone she took Romeo’s dagger and out of pure character she stabs herself and she dies. This is Romeo and Juliet, the tale of a forbidden love. But as their inexorable love turned into a tale of adversity their distance began to sunder because of the acts of transgression, and the tyrannous consequences lead these star-crossed lovers aloof. The poison that ended the lives of Romeo and Juliet and ended the feud between the Montague’s and Capulet’s was definitely not fate. So therefore the tale written by William Shakespeare was indeed a terrible

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