Essay on Romeo and Juliet Catastrophe of Character or Catastrophe of Fate?Sierra Davenport Mr.
Gingery CP English 1 6 March 2013 Romeo and Juliet disaster of Fate or Disaster of Character Romeo and Juliet is a story of a forbidden love, written by William Shakespeare. Some might state 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 satisfy the person who will turn out to be your spouse while you’re basing on the platform waiting on the next bus. I think Romeo and Juliet is the exact reverse of fate, they unquestionably took things into their own hands.
The disaster in this story didn’t start up until Romeo killed Mercutio, like I said; fate is when the forces beyond your control act. Romeo was definitely in control of this scenario, at first if Romeo didn’t get in between the fight with Tybalt and Mercutio, Mercutio would have never died and as an outcome Romeo would not have to feel the requirement to stab Tybalt for the death of his friend. Even if Tybalt did eliminate 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 imprisoned or killed.
So this was absolutely character. Another element that caused this catastrophe that could have been prevented is when Juliet asked Friar Laurence to help her to get out of marrying Count Paris. Now the Friar, knowing that Juliet was desperate adequate to do anything, chose that this was his possibility to get himself in the clear and have Juliet impersonate a dead individual so that he would not have to marry the same person two times, which I’m pretty sure wasn’t enabled back then.
He being the Friar would have had to inform individuals that he already married Juliet to Romeo which he couldn’t re-marry Juliet while she was still married to Romeo. So he chose taking the simple escape and gives Juliet a potion that puts her in such a deep sleep that she will appear dead. Juliet being desperate, willingly and without hindrance consented to take the potion the night prior to the wedding event so that it would stay in result till the day after the wedding was suppose to be arranged.
There was a million and one ways to set about leaving marrying Paris, this was by far the easiest but it resulted into Romeo believing she really was dead. Last but not least, 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 describing the plan and what was going to occur, Romeo, totally naive, goes to the apothecary to get a toxin to devote 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 understanding that Friar Laurence was coming, he states his last words and drinks the poison. When Juliet wakes and sees Romeo lying on the ground dead she is so dumbfounded and speechless that she was unable to leave, but because 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 forbidden love.
However as their inexorable love became a tale of misfortune their distance started to sunder because of the acts of transgression, and the tyrannous consequences lead these star-crossed lovers aloof. The toxin that ended the lives of Romeo and Juliet and ended the feud between the Montague’s and Capulet’s was certainly not fate. So therefore the tale composed by William Shakespeare was undoubtedly a horrible catastrophe of character. “Come, bitter conduct, come, unsavoury guide. Thou desperate pilot, now at the same time worked on The dashing rocks thy seasick, tired bark. Here’s to my love!”– Romeo Montague