Romeo and Juliet's Responsibility for Their Own Fate Essay

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Romeo and Juliet's Responsibility for Their Own Fate

In Elizabethan times when the play Romeo and Juliet was written people believed as much in the stars and planets as they did their God. They believed that stars and the way they were positioned meant different things. For example if they saw Halley’s Comet it would mean disaster but if they saw a shooting star it would have been considered very good luck. In the play Romeo and Juliet Shakespeare refers to fate from the start. “A pair of star crossed lovers”. This term shows that this pair of lovers are meant to be together and it is written in the stars so it must happen.

Not all of their fatal outcome was due to the position of the stars.
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Romeo and Juliet refer to death as close. Juliet says, “If he be married my grave is like to be my wedding bed.” This is very ironic because her grave is her wedding bed not referring to her and Romeo’s wedding bed but on the day she is supposed to be marrying Paris. Having said this Juliet later on says “I’ll to my wedding bed.” Juliet is talking to the nurse about dying. If her “grave is like to be her wedding bed.” She is clearly saying she is going to commit suicide.

Juliet prophesises how Romeo dies. “Methinks I see thee now thou art so low, as one dead in the bottom of a tomb.” This is very strange and gives the audience a greater feeling of fate because that is how Romeo dies, at the bottom of a tomb. Romeo also prophesises his death but Juliet’s as well. “I dreamt my lady came and found me dead.” This is ironic because Juliet does find Romeo dead. Romeo doesn’t want this to happen so he places a curse on fate’s actions. “Is it e’en so? Then I defy you stars!” In the Elizabethan times if you defied fate, fate would punish you.

Overall I think that Romeo and Juliet were not responsible for their own fate. Fate was responsible for their tragic end because so any unfortunate events seemed to go against Romeo and Juliet. For example; Juliet waking up just as Romeo
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