Fate And Choice Effects in Romeo And Juliet
In William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, fate and human choice are a very large part of the tragedy. The two star crossed lovers own fates and choices led to the down fall of their own happiness and ultimately the end of their lives. Romeo and Juliet’s tragedy iss caused by fate, in bumping into an illiterate servant. Romeo’s choice of going to a Capulet party uninvited, and the couple’s choice of marrying in secret are two human choices that lead to the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet.
In Romeo And Juliet, Romeo meeting the illiterate servant is a large fate that leads to the meeting of Romeo and Juliet at the Capulet masquerade party. SERVANT. … I pray, can you read anything you see
ROMEO. Ay, if I know the letters and the language
SERVANT. Ye say rest you merry!
ROMEO. Stay fellow, I can readhe reads. (1.2.60-65)
Romeo meeting the illiterate servant leads to his friends convincing him to go to the Capulet masquerade and in turn, meeting Juliet. If fate hadn’t sent the servant to Romeo, he may not have gone to the party or met Juliet, and they would have possibly lived longer lives. If Romeo had not read the invitation to the servant, he wouldn’t have known about the party, an neither would his friends. Fate sent the servant Romeo’s way, leading ultimately to his death.
A human choice cause of the tragedy of the couple is Romeo agreeing to go to the Capulet masquerade with his friends Benvolio and Mercutio. Going to this party leads to Romeo and Juliet meeting, marrying, and dying.
ROMEO. I’ll go along no such sight to be shown, but to rejoice in splendor of mine own. (1.2.102-103) Romeo initially only wants to go the party to see Rosaline, his love interest in the beginning of the story, but things change and Romeo meets Juliet. Romeo’s choice to go to the party, a Capulet party at that, leads to Romeo falling helplessly in love with Juliet, and ending his own life. Romeo’s choice to go to the party to see Rosaline backfires,
with him meeting Juliet, falling in love, getting married, and committing suicide.
Another human choice cause of the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet is the couple choosing to marry in secret, without parental consent.
JULIET. … if that thy bent of love be honorable, thy purpose marriage send me word tomorrow by one that I’ll procure to come to thee (2.2.143-145) Juliet tells Romeo that if his love is honorable, send for her to marry him tomorrow, and she will do so. The secret marriage causes quite a bit of trouble in the story, leading to the young couple’s deaths, which could possibly be avoided by telling their families of their commitment to one another. By telling of their marriage, a few people’s lived could’ve been saved, like Tybalt and Mercutio.
The tragedy of the starcrossed lovers was caused by fate and human choice, but mostly human choice. Romeo and Juliet’s choices ultimately ended their lives, and others around them, like Mercutio, Tybalt, and Lady Capulet. Romeo’s choice of going to the Capulet party and the couple’s choice to marry in secret lead to the downfall of Romeo and Juliet.