The Cause Of Conflict In Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet

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Romeo and Juliet is a tragic love story, written by the famous William Shakespeare. In the beginning of the play, we find out that there is a feud between the Montagues and Capulets. Romeo belongs to the Montagues and Juliet belongs to the Capulets. Romeo is persuaded into attending the Capulet’s ball, where he sees Juliet and they immediately fall in love. Later that night, Romeo sneaks out to Juliet’s house, where they plan a marriage. They get married in secret, with only the Friar and Nurse knowing. Romeo angrily kills Juliet’s cousin, Tybalt, causing him to be banned from Verona. Juliet mourns, and is forced to marry Paris by her parents in hopes of her happiness. Juliet does not want to marry him, so she desperately goes to the Friar…show more content…
Romeo states, “With this night’s revels, and expire the term / Of a despised life closed in my breast…But He that hath the steerage of my course / Direct my sail!” (Shakespeare 1.4.116-117, 119-120). On his way to the party where he meets Juliet, he states that he fears something bad is going start that will lead to his death. He hopes that whoever is controlling his life will direct him in the right direction, away from danger. When he says this, it shows that Romeo believes fate is controlling…show more content…
In the story, the characters made choices, but it was fate that made things play out and be timed the way they were. For example, Juliet says, “Give me, give me! O, tell not me of fear!” (Shakespeare 4.1.124). In this part, Juliet made the choice to take, and later drink, the vial. She thought that this would help her and Romeo’s love, but she was not aware that it would play a part in their death, and therefore it was fate, and not their own choice to
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