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 Disaster of Character Romeo and Juliet is a story of a prohibited love, written by William Shakespeare. Some might state that it is a tragedy of fate.

Fate is specified as forces beyond your control that makes things take place. An example of fate is when you miss your bus and fulfill the individual who will end up being your partner while you’re standing on the platform waiting on the next bus. I think Romeo and Juliet is the exact opposite of fate, they undoubtedly took things into their own hands.

The catastrophe in this story didn’t start till Romeo killed Mercutio, like I stated; fate is when the forces outside of your control take action. Romeo was certainly in control of this scenario, initially if Romeo didn’t get in between the fight with Tybalt and Mercutio, Mercutio would have never passed away and as an outcome Romeo would not have to feel the need to stab Tybalt for the death of his buddy. Even if Tybalt did eliminate Mercutio, Romeo didn’t need to take matters in his own hands and eliminate Tybalt himself if he just waited, then Prince Escalus would have kept his word and had Tybalt either imprisoned or killed.

So this was certainly character. Another element that caused this catastrophe that could have been prevented is when Juliet asked Friar Laurence to assist her to get out of weding Count Paris. Now the Friar, understanding that Juliet was desperate adequate to do anything, chose that this was his chance to get himself in the clear and have Juliet impersonate a dead individual so that he would not need to marry the very same individual twice, which I’m pretty sure wasn’t permitted back then.

He being the Friar would have had to inform individuals that he currently wed Juliet to Romeo and that he could not re-marry Juliet while she was still wed to Romeo. So he picked taking the simple way out and provides Juliet a potion that puts her in such a deep sleep that she will appear dead. Juliet being desperate, voluntarily and without hindrance agreed to take the potion the night before the wedding event so that it would remain in effect till the day after the wedding was expect to be set up.

There was a million and one methods to set about getting out of marrying Paris, this was by far the most convenient however it resulted into Romeo thinking she actually was dead. Finally, the biggest tragedy of all, Romeo gets word from Balthasar that Juliet is dead and due to the fact that Friar John wasn’t able to get Friar Laurence’s letter to Romeo explaining the strategy and what was going to take place, Romeo, completely naive, goes to the apothecary to get a toxin to dedicate suicide to be with Juliet on the other side.

He rides to Verona from Mantua to be next to Juliet when he eliminates himself and not knowing that Friar Laurence was coming, he says his last words and drinks the toxin. When Juliet wakes and sees Romeo pushing the ground dead she is so surprised and speechless that she was unable to leave, however since the watch was coming the Friar had to leave. So when Juliet was alone she took Romeo’s dagger and out of pure character she stabs herself and she passes away. This is Romeo and Juliet, the tale of a forbidden love.

But as their inexorable love became a tale of misfortune their distance started to sunder because of the acts of disobedience, and the tyrannous effects lead these star-crossed fans aloof. The toxin that ended the lives of Romeo and Juliet and ended the feud in between the Montague’s and Capulet’s was absolutely not fate. So therefore the tale composed by William Shakespeare was indeed a dreadful tragedy of character. “Come, bitter conduct, come, unsavoury guide. Thou desperate pilot, now simultaneously operated on The rushing rocks thy seasick, weary bark. Here’s to my love!”– Romeo Montague