The Irresponsibility Of Fate In Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet

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The book “Romeo and Juliet” has been considered by many an archetype in literature, developing many different themes during its plot that are claimed to be relevant in the present day. According to many, the story is surrounded by the idea that “Fate” plays the role of the final word causing the numerous mishaps, obstacles, and eventually downfalls of the two main characters. This concept is revisited so frequently in the novel that many morals and life lessons have been derived from the piece including the idea of an inevitable destiny brought upon by a person’s own actions by which the person had no control. Although now held in such high regard due to the idea that these works have somehow become “moral law”, this way of thinking is flawed…show more content…
Of course, this only represents a portion of the population, as some of the better educated, more experienced people have rightfully concluded that this theme of the book simply defies common sense. In these respects, I believe that the concept of fate being the murderer of Romeo and Juliet is insensible, that these characters died because of their own actions, and that the entire idea of not being able to control your destiny is an excuse not to be accountable for mistakes or bad decisions you have made during your…show more content…
The word that stood out to most people from the beginning was love, not because that was what the book really was about, but because the book has been labeled as a “tragic love story”, the concept of love and passion was much easier for an audience of this day and age to understand, and some bits and pieces of Romeo and Juliet being in love lit the spark on the topic of worldly passion between two people. This also relates to those that lived during the Shakespearean era, as even back then, most abstract concepts were frowned upon, and everyone wanted to hear about two lovers getting killed because of misfortune, chance, and the mystical wonders of fate; not about two lovers being killed by the hand of society and perceived classism between two families. Obviously, you can see how an inflammatory subject such as this would be hard to get down the throat of both modern people and historic
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