Destiny In Romeo And Juliet

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Former French Military Leader, Napoleon I, outlined the basis of fate, a topic that many people cannot wrap their heads around. He once stated, “Our hour is marked and no one can claim a moment of life beyond what fate has predestined” Life is started by being born, and over by dying. We never know exactly when we are born or die. Even though these two import aspects of life are destined to happen, what occurs in between cannot change the outcome. Even important decisions that can change the present will not be able to change what will occur at the end. Trying to change the future put in front of can occur, but not the initial destined death will change. Even characters in popular works suffer through the same situation. In the prominent play…show more content…
At the ball, Romeo and Juliet discover that they are from feuding families, and Romeo runs away. Juliet sits on her terrace in the morning, wondering why Romeo has to be a Montague when Romeo comes and scares her. When asked how Romeo found his way back to Juliet, he stated that love showed him the way. He claims that love “lent me counsel, and I lent him eyes. I am no pilot, yet, wert thou as far as that vast shore...I would adventure” (II.ii. 81-84). Romeo explained to Juliet that love lead him to her, revealing that he himself had no control over his actions. He could only control how his eyes acted, making him fall in love with Juliet. From that image, love took control of his brain, causing him to run back to Juliet. He did not have the free will to make his own decision by being underage and making irrational decisions before, along with acting with his heart and not his mind. Fate, in the form of love, forced him to come back to Juliet, not his own judgment. Later in the act, Romeo’s friends Mercutio and Benvolio, were looking for Romeo after he suddenly left the ball the night before. Benvolio tells Mercutio that Tybalt had sent a letter challenging Romeo to a duel, and that Romeo accepted. Mercutio believes that Romeo is in no shape to fight, and states “Alas, poor Romeo, he is already dead! Stabbed with a white wench’s black eye; shot through the ear with a love song; the very pin of his heart cleft with the blind bow-boy’s butt-shaft” ( II. iv. 13-15). With this statement, Mercutio cluelessly foreshadows Romeo’s death without realizing it. Even though Mercutio believes that Romeo is lovesick for Rosaline still, since he doesn’t know about Juliet, his accusation was correct. As stated from the beginning, Romeo and Juliet will fall in love and die together because of the
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