Romeo and Juliet Fate or Free Will?Alan Ganesh Duration
6 Mr. Kane 11 April 2011 The Catastrophe of Romeo and Juliet: Fate or Free Choice Catastrophe is defined as a serious drama with an affecting or disastrous conclusion. To Shakespeare, it is an interesting twist on what we hope to believe, or otherwise known as a happy ending. Shakespeare, if not an excellent writer, would be disliked for his ideals in stories in modern society, but because he is such a great writer we enjoy his stories and he likewise teaches us to read thoroughly (IP).
Throughout the play Shakespeare has puzzled us with the idea of who was responsible for the disaster of Romeo and Juliet. Through reading thoroughly (GP) you can deduce that Romeo and Juliet are partially involved in their own deaths and one other surprising character, Friar Lawrence. Romeo, a bold fan (PP), puzzles his sensations with his addiction to Juliet which totals up to a terrible mixture. Romeo highlights his need for Juliet’s love and approval in relation to his lifestyle when he states, “So thrive my soul ¬ ¬” (2. 2. 153).
This shows that Romeo has an unforgiving desire (PP) for Juliet and continuous requirement to be around her (IP); also he will combat anything if it suggests getting to her which will ultimately result in his untimely death. Next, he exposes that he would do anything for Juliet’s love including battling viciously (GP) and he specifies this when he states, “Alack, there lies more peril in thine eye/ Than twenty of their swords” (2. 2. 71-72). By stating this Romeo has actually revealed that he would gaze directly into the face of threat simply to be with Juliet, this addiction will dumbfound Romeo and send him to his grave.
Lastly, Romeo mixes his poetic entity with his love for Juliet when he states, “Can I go forward when my heart is here/ Reverse, dull earth, and discover thy center out” (2. 1. 1-2). Romeo is essentially stating that he needs to reverse and be with his one real love, or Juliet which would be a daring act due to the fact that he would be walking into his arch bane’s territory; foolish decisions like this will eventually result in his death. Romeo can not stand not lacking Juliet which mixed with his stupidity leads to his young and untimely death.
There are other topics in this puzzle also like how Juliet’s sensations and her fast responses to anything about Romeo make her a contributor to the catastrophe. Juliet states that her love is fast and without rush when she says, “It is too rash, too unadvised, too unexpected, however I shall do my best” (2. 2. 118). This means that ideal after she has actually met him, she will do her finest to like him even over the household difference; this reveals her impatience and desire to do anything for Romeo which will result in the tragedy.
Then Juliet says something that makes her impatience appear like stupidity, she states, “What satisfaction canst thou have tonight” (2. 2. 126). Her impatience to see Romeo in her space makes her ignore the family feud and without Romeo’s ounce of judgment, would have gotten both of them eliminated but this very same thing would later get both of them eliminated. Finally, Juliet proves her love even further by indirectly saying something to the Nurse after she does not know the whole truth and believes that Romeo is dead, “Say thou however “Ay”/ Which bare vowel “I” shall poison them self” (3. 45-46). Juliet is evaluating the Nurse simply for the sake of a small possibility that Romeo is dead, and this impatience will even more influence the tragedy. All in all Juliet and her headstrong mindset will make the tragedy a truth. The last suspect would be Friar Lawrence because of the amount of influence he has and the quantity that he does to keep the couple together. Friar Lawrence warns Romeo from the start about the decision that he is making when he states, “Sensibly and slow. They stumble that run quick” (2. 94). This warns Romeo not to hurry his relationship like he is presently; Romeo takes no follow and will die from what the Friar had actually told him. Next the Friar reveals his good and bad side when he says, “Virtue itself turns vice, being misapplied,/ And vice sometimes by action dignified. This quote reveals us that Friar Lawrence thinks that nature has a great and bad side, perhaps like himself; this reveals that Friar Lawrence has numerous sides to him, and we are yet to discover which side is dominant.
Lastly, Friar Lawrence foreshadows death and making use of toxin when he says,” Within the baby skin of this weak flower/ Toxin hath house and medicine power;/ For this, being smelt, with that part cheers each part;/ Being tasted, stays all senses with the heart.” (2. 3. 23-26). This quote is very important because it shows how Friar Lawrence takes a look at life and how it can be easily eliminated and love with how it can be ruined; this is the method both Romeo and Juliet pass away.
Shakespeare has presented us with a great difficulty that can just be resolved by opinionated approaches however we have actually simply shown how Romeo, Juliet, and Friar Lawrence added to the catastrophe. Romeo has his strong attitude and courage to do anything for love. Juliet has her reckless mindset and impatience to handle anybody. Lastly, the Friar has his good cop, bad police officer theme and determination to assist anybody in need. These 3 connected together have a pretty strong relation to each other in the play and may have leaded us to solving the puzzle of who is responsible for the disaster of Romeo and Juliet.