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Romeo and Juliet


"From forth the fatal loins of these two foes
A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life;"

I don't agree with the quotation above because I think the tragic
deaths of both Romeo and Juliet are caused by human decision. It is an
indirect result of the decisions and actions of several characters. For
example, Romeo decides to go to Capulet's party where he meets Juliet.
Later on, Romeo and Juliet decide to get married which is another wrong
decision in the story. Moreover, Friar Laurence agrees to marry the two
secretly which is also a cause for their deaths. In this essay we will
discuss how the deaths of both Romeo and Juliet are caused by the poor
decisions of each of the above characters. When Romeo decides to go to
the Capulet's party, he has already set the stage for his death. If he
didn't go to the party, he wouldn't meet Juliet and the whole story
would never happen. You may argue that it is fate for Romeo to meet the
servant who let him know about the party. However, Romeo still holds
the final decision. He may decide not to go! Moreover, on the way he
goes to Capulet's party, he suddenly feels that he will die young as a
result of attending the party. He has the ill omen but he still
decides to attend the party. Therefore it is caused by human decision
which leads to the deaths of the lovers Romeo and Juliet. When Romeo
and Juliet decide to get married, they too are bringing their suicides
closer to being reality. They each fall in love with the looks of the
other. It is love at first sight. They both know that neither of their
families will accept that they love someone from the other family.
However they still decide to marry secretly. Obviously it is another
wrong human decision. It is clear for them to see how impossible their
love is. If they could be more clear-headed, they would think about it
carefully and wouldn't decide to fall in love. Their impetuous
decision causes the tragedy. No less at fault for the deaths of the
lovers than themselves is Friar Lawrence. At the time that Romeo asks
him to marry he and Juliet, he agrees to, thinking that he can marry
the two then and announce it to the families later. He hopes that this
will end the feud between the families. However when Romeo is exiled,
this is no longer an option. Then he makes up another plan that allows
Romeo to take Juliet to Mantua. Unfortunately that plan doesn't work
and leads the lovers to death. Clearly it is not caused by fate since
fate doesn't force the Friar to help the lovers. Thus, the Friar's
good intentions lead to bad results -- the deaths of Romeo and Juliet.
The tragic deaths of Romeo and of Juliet are the consequences of the
decisions of several characters. Romeo decides to go to the Capulets'
party. The lovers do not see the difficulties they will encounter if
they marry secretly. The Friar too doesn't think about his plan
carefully before he works them out. Thus it is free will of the
characters, not fate, that causes the tragedy. Therefore I don't agree
with that quotation.


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