Do You Think Romeo and Juliet’s Relationship and Its Demise is a Result of Fate, Chance or Choice?
- Date:Jun 24, 2019
- Category:Romeo and Juliet
Do you think Romeo and Juliet’s relationship and its demise is a result of fate, chance or choice? Within the scenario of literature, tragedy is considered as an important literary genre because the same is interconnected with life, i.e., mixture of happiness and grief. So, the tragic works by renowned writers attract international attention beyond national boundaries. For instance, the tragic works by Shakespeare tend the readers/viewers to view life from a different angle. Thesis statement: The relationship between the hero (say, Romeo) and the heroine (say, Juliet) and its tragic end is the result of fate because the hero accidentally meets the heroine, Friar Laurence’s messenger fails to meet the hero, hero misunderstands that the heroine is dead, and ends up in tragedy.
Accidental Meeting and Fate
In the play, the protagonist (say, Romeo) accidentally meets his lady love and the same results in the tragic events. To be specific, the protagonist was in love with Rosaline but he did not try to reveal the same to her. If the protagonist did reveal his love to Rosaline, the end result may be different. But fate played an important role because the protagonist meets Juliet and realizes that his love towards Rosaline was an infatuation, not real. This meeting results in the cordial relationship between the protagonist and his lady love, and eventually leads both towards tragedy. So, one can see that the accidental meeting is the epicentre of tragedy in the novel, and the same can be considered as fate to an extent.
Failed Message and Fate
In the play, Friar Laurence tries his best to help the lovers by advising Juliet and by sending a messenger to the protagonist. If the messenger (say, Friar John) happens to deliver the message to the protagonist, the tragedy may not happen. But fate played its role and the messenger failed to deliver the message to the protagonist. This miscommunication forced the protagonist to believe that his lady love is no more and his life is futile. Besides, he lost interest in life because he was ready to suffer anything for the sake of love. So, the playwright makes use of this event (messenger’s failure) as the symbol of the role of fate in the tragedy within the protagonist’s life.
Misunderstanding and Fate
The heroine expects that the message will be delivered to her lover and they will unite in the end. But fate does not allow the lovers to unite in the end. Instead, the protagonist misunderstands that he cannot save his lady love. This misunderstanding forces the protagonist to give up his life. The hero states that, “Well, Juliet, I will lie with thee to-night” (61). On the other side, protagonist’s unexpected death-originating from misunderstanding/miscommunication-forces the heroine to commit suicide. To be specific, misunderstanding/miscommunication forces the lovers to be within the control of fate or ultimate doom. Still, the tragic end helps the families to realize the mistake and to repent on the same. In short, misunderstanding ends the relationship between the lovers and it originates from fate.
Summing, the play proves that how family feud results in tragedy, which is irrevocable. Reading between lines, one can see that fate plays an important role in the relationship and the tragedy faced by the lovers. To be specific, the protagonist does not love the heroine in the beginning, but fate forces him to meet her. Besides, the messenger fails to make the protagonist know that his lady love is safe. At the same time, the protagonist is forced to believe that he cannot save his lady love from unexpected death. In short, all these elements related to fate results in the tragic end of the lovers.
Shakespeare, William. Romeo and Juliet. London: Macmillan, 1839. Print.