Fate Vs. Bad Decisions In Romeo And Juliet

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Fate vs. Bad Decisions As a human kind we have focused nearly all of our efforts on one question, what ultimately decides our destiny? Throughout history religions have formed, scientists have devoted their lives, and many stories have been told regarding fate; one such story is Romeo and Juliet, which is regarded as one of the best written texts known to man. In Romeo and Juliet two star crossed lovers, born into rival families, fall in love, and through a series of unfortunate events meet their demise. Some people claim that the message Shakespeare was trying to convey is that our life is governed by fate, others believe that the message is that our future is determined by the choices that we make in our lives; while arguments can be made for both sides, it is more conceivable that it is both a mixture of fate and our decisions that determines our ultimate destiny. It can be argued that Shakespeare's message in Romeo and…show more content…
For example, when Romeo met Juliet he immediately made the decision to forget about Rosaline. This bad decision, that he had total control of, determined his future right then and there. Another example of a bad decision is when capulet is arranging for Juliet to be married it states, Well, Wednesday is too soon. O’ Thursday let it be.¨ These lines show the haste at which we can change our fate; in a split second we have the ability to make decisions that will influence the rest of our life. While it is true that our decisions that we make every single day in our lives help determine our fate, this idea can be refuted by the quote spoken by Friar Laurence in act 5, he states, ¨A great power than we can contradict, hath thwarted our intents¨. Spoken in today's language this quote would say ¨A greater power than we can control has ruined our plans.¨ This proves the influence of fate in our lives, we are unable to control some events in our
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