Romeo And Juliet: Fate Vs. Free Will

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Beatty 1 Will Beatty
Mrs. Laxton
ENG 9 Honors
6 March 2018
Romeo and Juliet: Fate vs. Free Will

Fate is already determined, where free will is when you decide your life decisions.In William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet this topic is debated.The play Romeo and Juliet is a compelling story of two kids who let nothing get in the way of their love.The main characters in the play are Romeo and Juliet.Throughout the play, one can argue that fate and or free will are what makes everything happen the way it does. I think this is a very interesting point. I wish to research this and come up with my own conclusions.I believe that free will determined Romeo’s and Juliet’s lives. They chose their decisions and it eventually lead to both of their
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The fact that Romeo and Juliet got married knowing that there was a bitter feud between their families, the Montagues and Capulets. This feud brought on many problems, such as the murder of Tybalt by Romeo. Juliet knew that this might be a problem for her and Romeo. Juliet says in the book, “What’s in a name?” Which explains her view of being a Capulet and Romeo being a Montague. Even though free will played a part in Romeo and Juliet, fate is really what was the deciding factor.
In Romeo and Juliet, a greater force compels both Romeo and Juliet. Religious people believe that there is a god that controls the actions of them and the other characters in the play. I believe this idea too. To think that every person knows their future and what 's best for them is silly. I believe in a god who knows your future, and who guides you to make the best out of your life. This is also what is present in Romeo and Juliet’s
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Romeo would have ended up marrying Rosaline, and never end up meeting Juliet. Also, Juliet would have married Paris and never met Romeo. The story Romeo and Juliet is a prime example of how fate is an inescapable force. Fate not only controls the characters’ lives in this book, but controls our lives as well. Free will definitely played a role in Romeo and Juliet’s lives, but in the end, fate determined free will.

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JEFFERY, CHRIS. "What Kinds of Play Is Romeo and Juliet?." Shakespeare in Southern Africa, vol. 28, Jan. 2016, pp. 51-72. EBSCOhost, doi:10.4314/sisa.v28i1.5.

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