Free Will In The Tragedy Of Romeo And Juliet

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Do humans have free will? Or, is our every action decided on by other people? In reality, almost every decision we make with our own individual conscious. The play The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, is about two lovers, Romeo and Juliet, from rival families whose love caused unfortunate consequences for everyone around them. Romeo and Juliet were tragic heroes whose deaths are caused by their own faults and inability to make decisions without minor characters telling them what to do. Romeo causes his own downfall, with his impetuous and reckless nature. Upon seeing Juliet for the first time, Romeo lovingly says, “Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight! / For I ne'er saw true beauty till this night” (1.5.54-55).…show more content…
Romeo’s best friend and cousin Benvolio, is always trying to make Romeo feel better, even when he ends up making things worse.Upon finding a gloomy, lovesick Romeo, Benvolio says to him, “Tut man, one fire burns out another’s burning” (1.2.46). Benvolio’s words of encouragement to go to the party and find a new love are what started the whole series of unfortunate events to begin in the first place. Juliet’s parents’ inability to actually know what their daughter wants pushes Juliet towards thinking that death is the only way out of her impossible situation. After Lord Capulet arranges Juliet’s marriage, Lady Capulet informs Juliet of the plans: “Marry, my child, early next Thursday morn, / The gallant, young, and noble gentleman, / The County Paris, at Saint Peter’s Church, / Shall happily make thee there a joyful bride” (3.5.112-115). Lord and Lady Capulet's marriage arrangement has the exact opposite effect than intended on Juliet, and actually makes her more upset and makes her feel out of options. Romeo and Juliet’s constant helper Friar Lawrence’s plans, often cause more harm than good in the long run. After Juliet explains her dire situation, Friar Lawrence comes up with a solution: “Take thou this vial, being then in bed, / And this distillèd liquor drink thou off, / When presently through all thy veins shall run… / And this…show more content…
Romeo’s decision making skills amongst other flaws like impulsiveness and rashness, led him down a path that ended in his death. Juliet’s blind devotion to Romeo and haste in decision making left her feeling helpless and alone upon the realization that death was her only remaining viable option. The many minor characters in the play all helped push Romeo and Juliet’s already harmful decisions towards a place where they both ended up dead. Throughout the course of the play, it becomes very apparent that it’s not fate that causes the problems for Romeo and Juliet, but the disastrous decisions of everyone in the play combined, that create the plethora of problems that our two main characters have to deal
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