Prior to Friar Lawrence’s prophetic insight, Romeo immediately falls in love with Juliet, which leads to their doomed fate by laying the foundation of their struggles. Romeo, just after having his heart broken by Rosaline, meets Juliet at a Capulet party and falls in love. Juliet, exposed to the knowledge of who Romeo is, says, “My only love, sprung from my only hate!” (1.5.137). This excerpt states that Juliet’s love, Romeo, is the son of her family’s enemy, the Montagues. The Capulets and Montagues have always been rivals of each other.
After a few lines, it continues, “Doth with their death bury their parent’s strife./The fearful passage of dearth-marked love. (Prologue, 8, 9).” This quote tells the reader that the pair of star-crossed lovers (Romeo and Juliet) will die upon the rivalry between their two families. The worried tone here gives a hint to the reader that something bad will happen sometime in the future. Note that the play had not even begun yet, and there are already obvious clues to Romeo and Juliet’s death. Here, Shakespeare is trying to point out that young love overcame the values of Romeo and Juliet’s family.
This is indeed one of the worst decisions Romeo makes during the play, for in the end, it was really fate which caused the “Star-Crossed Lovers” to first meet. If Romeo had taken the time to completely evaluate how precarious it was to attend a party hosted by the Montagues largest foe, he would’ve resisted going to the event, preventing the feud between him and Tybalt, and causing him to never meet Juliet, who was to be married to Paris. Poorly thought out decisions were made between Romeo and Juliet, when they fell in love without getting to know each other first. Romeo even explains the danger and agony of love when he says “Is love a tender thing? It is too rough/ Too rude, too boist’rous, and it pricks like a thorn”(I.iv.25-26).
Is death worth proving love? In the play Romeo and Juliet, written by William Shakespeare, all Romeo and Juliet do is try to prove their love to each other. A family feud between the Capulets and the Montagues continues to trail on, making Romeo and Juliet’s love forbidden, until death ends it all. Many are at fault such as: Juliet’s nurse that acts the messenger between the two teens, or Balthazar who goes behind Lord Montague’s back to keep the secret of Romeo and Juliet’s marriage. Nonetheless one person is at most to blame and his name is Friar Lawrence.
In the play Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, various characters show how pure intentions can lead to deadly consequences. Although the title of the play implies that Romeo and Juliet is a love story, in reality, it is a terrible tragedy. Misapplied virtues turn to vice when Romeo interferes in Mercutio and Tybalt’s duel, when Balthasar delivers the tragic news of Juliet’s death to Romeo, and when Friar Lawrence agrees to marry Romeo and Juliet. By intervening in Mercutio and Tybalt’s fight, Romeo’s helpful intention leads to deadly consequences for Mercutio, Tybalt, and himself. When Tybalt insults Romeo, calling him a villain, he is not concerned.
“For never was a story of more woe, than this of Juliet and her Romeo.” (740) William Shakespeare’s play, Romeo and Juliet, is the tale of two star-crossed lovers from Verona who love each other despite their feuding families, but ultimately meet their end. Romeo and Juliet are predestined to die because of fate, but the foolish mistakes and reliance on luck and chance by multiple characters are what contribute to the star-crossed lovers’ destinies coming true. Throughout the play, fate ensures that Romeo and Juliet will come to their demise. Romeo says this quote, “Alive, in triumph! And Mercutio slain!
Evidence for this would be when the servant who can't read approaches Romeo and says “God 'i' good e'en. I pray, sir, can you read?” and Romeo says he can and reads the paper to the servant. The servant then invites Romeo to the party saying “Now I’ll tell you without asking. My master is the great rich Capulet, and if you be not of the house of Montagues, I pray come and crush a cup of wine. Rest you merry!” As you can see, it is more conceivable that fate led to the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet.
The conflict between fate and free will manifests itself through the turmoil caused by the lovers in Romeo and Juliet to go against what is expected. The two families in the play have a longstanding feud, when two children from different sides fall in love by chance. These starcrossed lovers go to extreme lengths to be together, even going against what seems to be their apparent fate of never being together. This eventually results in their demise. Their apparent fate is that they will forever love each other, but never be able to be together.
The Coarseness of Love Can the course of love ever run smooth? Many people have different opinions and experiences about love and it’s course. The shakespearean quote “The course of true love never did run smooth” from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a relevant quote to Much Ado About Nothing, because all the lovers in this play had extremely rough and dramatic love lives. Claudio and Hero, and Beatrice and Benedick had particularly bumpy love courses from the nascent of their relationships. Emotions are one of the main contributions to Shakespeare's “the course of love never did run smooth.” When Hero is exposed at her wedding, and Beatrice is furious with Claudio, Benedick asks what he can do to express his love for Beatrice.
Fate was to Blame William Shakespeare's “Romeo and Juliet” was a very dramatic play involving a relationship between rival households. The two star-crossed lovers were tragically separated which led to the death of them both. “My only love sprung from my only hate too early seen unknown and known too late” (1.5 138-139). Contrasting love and hate is very effective in portraying the theme and reasoning behind the conflict. The death of Romeo and Juliet is fate's end result.