May 24, 2010
“Fate between Two Lovers in Romeo and Juliet”
Love conquers all. Romeo and Juliet are two young people that are very much in love. Even though, they both had come from disagreeing families. Romeo is a romantic character that loves Juliet more than himself or his family. This is true love.
Romeo expresses his love for Juliet, “Call me but love, and I shall be new baptized; henceforth I will never be Romeo.” (Shakespeare 2.2 50-51). Romeo is saying that he will no longer be a Capulet if Juliet really loves him. “ Let me stand here till thou remember it.” (Shakespeare 2.2 172). Romeo is so in love with Juliet that he ...view middle of the document...
While others say, it does not follow the standard Aristotelian form of tragedy (Krims 1). Romeo and Juliet can not be a tragedy because no flaw causes them to fall, the lovers, could not have controlled chance, and family and friends assisted them to their deaths.
Shakespeare stresses Juliet’s age, fourteen, many times through out the play. She, like many fourteen-year-olds, is very at risk to being caught up in the attraction of a forbidden passion (Asimov 479). Now some might consider these fantasies as a flaw, since she gives into them, but since it is so heavily stressed, it is not likely.
Walter Kerr says that Romeo’s flaw is furry (84). To argue human emotion as a flaw is silly. If we consider these characters as real people, most people in love do not think soundly. Romeo avoided argument, not encouraged it. Romeo and Juliet, blinded by love at first sight, reacted to their emotions for each other, unable to see any harm in their love.
Fate determined the lover’s outcome in more than one instance. Romeo and Juliet’s fate is determined before you even get into the story “A pair of star-crossed lovers take their lives” (Shakespeare 1.1.6). An uneducated servant delivers the guest list for the ball and asks Romeo to read the list, accident…probably not (Asimov 480). Towards the end, the Friar sends someone else to deliver the message to Romeo but an catching virus occurs and a quarantine of the city ordered that prevent the message from ever arriving. Also, at the very end the friar arrives two minutes too late to save Romeo from committing suicide (497). No matter how hard anyone might have tried fate would still finally win.
Not only fate helped Romeo and Juliet to their deathbeds, their family and their friends pushed the already weak situation. When Romeo tells his friend he does not want to go to the party and speaks of a dream he had of his death, Mercutio turns his dream into nonsense and drags Romeo to the party. Had Romeo not gone he would have never met Juliet and Tybalt would have had no reason to pick a fight. (484).
The Friar played a wide part of Romeo and Juliet’s fate. Even though the friar did not approve of the marriage, he married them anyway in hopes to end the disagreement. And when Juliet goes to the friar for help after being told she was going to have to marry Paris, the friar could have gone to talk with her parent and explained the situation but instead he gave her a drug to appear dead (495), and...