Free Romeo And Juliet Essays : Fate Versus Human Errors

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Noah Meyer Teruya English 9 Honors 3 May 2015 Fate versus Human Errors in Romeo and Juliet One of Shakespeare’s greatest plays, Romeo and Juliet brings the validity of fate into question. Although Shakespeare wrote himself Romeo and Juliet were, “A pair of star-cross’d lovers,” (Prologue) more human error than fate lead to their untimely demises. The first factor to take into consideration while observing the complex series of events that led to Romeo’s and Juliet’s deaths is the family feud between the Montagues and the Capulets. This feud has been ongoing for generations. Many of the unfortunate events that follow the meeting of Romeo and Juliet can be blamed on the feud as well as the incapability of the officials of the family as well as the prince to stop such feuding. For example, nowhere in the play do the heads of the households publicly announce that the feuding should be stopped. Although the prince did offer a consequence of death to such feuding, he failed to provide an adequate solution such as demanding the heads of the households calling off the feud. In the actual play, the first mistake happens while Romeo, Benvolio, and Mercutio are walking to the masquerade ball. An error on Romeo’s part can be found when he says, “And we mean well in going to this mask; But ’tis no wit to go… I fear, too early: for my mind misgives some consequence yet hanging in the stars shall bitterly begin his fearful date,” (Romeo I.iv.). Romeo has identified that

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