Essay on Romeo and Juliet Tragedy of Character or Tragedy of Fate?

Sierra Davenport Mr. Gingery CP English 1 6 March 2013 Romeo and Juliet Catastrophe of Fate or Tragedy of Character Romeo and Juliet is a story of a prohibited love, composed by William Shakespeare. Some may say that it is a tragedy of fate.

Fate is defined as forces beyond your control that makes things occur. An example of fate is when you miss your bus and meet the person who will end up being your spouse while you’re standing on the platform waiting on the next bus. I think Romeo and Juliet is the exact reverse of fate, they undoubtedly took things into their own hands.

The catastrophe in this story didn’t start until Romeo eliminated Mercutio, like I said; fate is when the forces outside of your control act. Romeo was certainly in control of this scenario, initially if Romeo didn’t get in between the battle with Tybalt and Mercutio, Mercutio would have never ever died and as an outcome Romeo wouldn’t need to feel the requirement to stab Tybalt for the death of his pal. Even if Tybalt did kill Mercutio, Romeo didn’t have to take matters in his own hands and kill Tybalt himself if he simply waited, then Prince Escalus would have kept his word and had Tybalt either sent to prison or killed.

So this was certainly character. Another component that led to this disaster that might have been avoided is when Juliet asked Friar Laurence to assist her to leave marrying Count Paris. Now the Friar, knowing that Juliet was desperate sufficient to do anything, chose that this was his chance to get himself in the clear and have Juliet pose as a dead individual so that he would not need to marry the exact same individual twice, which I’m pretty sure wasn’t allowed at that time.

He being the Friar would have needed to tell individuals that he currently married Juliet to Romeo which he couldn’t re-marry Juliet while she was still wed to Romeo. So he chose taking the easy escape and offers Juliet a potion that puts her in such a deep sleep that she will appear dead. Juliet being desperate, willingly and without obstacle agreed to take the potion the night prior to the wedding event so that it would remain in impact till the day after the wedding was suppose to be arranged.

There was a million and one methods to tackle leaving weding Paris, this was by far the most convenient but it resulted into Romeo believing she actually was dead. Last but not least, the most significant tragedy of all, Romeo gets word from Balthasar that Juliet is dead and because Friar John wasn’t able to get Friar Laurence’s letter to Romeo describing the strategy and what was going to take place, Romeo, entirely naive, goes to the apothecary to get a toxin to dedicate suicide to be with Juliet on the other side.

He trips to Verona from Mantua to be next to Juliet when he eliminates himself and not understanding that Friar Laurence was coming, he states his last words and beverages the toxin. When Juliet wakes and sees Romeo lying on the ground dead she is so surprised and speechless that she was unable to leave, however since the watch was coming the Friar needed to leave. So when Juliet was alone she took Romeo’s dagger and out of pure character she stabs herself and she dies. This is Romeo and Juliet, the tale of a prohibited love.

But as their inexorable love became a tale of misfortune their distance started to sunder due to the fact that of the acts of disobedience, and the tyrannous effects lead these star-crossed enthusiasts aloof. The poison that ended the lives of Romeo and Juliet and ended the fight in between the Montague’s and Capulet’s was certainly not fate. So therefore the tale written by William Shakespeare was undoubtedly an awful disaster of character. “Come, bitter conduct, come, unsavoury guide. Thou desperate pilot, now at the same time operated on The dashing rocks thy seasick, weary bark. Here’s to my love!”– Romeo Montague