Romeo and Juliet Thematic Essay

Melissa Sam 2B Innovation Ms. Fagan Romeo & Juliet Is it fate that decides your life or the choices you make? A tragic love story which displays the difference of a person’s destiny versus their free will to live their own life, with the choice they make. Romeo and Juliet 2- star crossed lovers who take their lives.

Whose families were foes and the hatred continued on with their parents. These 2- star crossed lovers go through a series of misfortunate events to be with each other, but was it the fate of their families hatred or their choices that led to their demise. It was fate that their families hated each other. The Capulet’s & Montague’s families have been feuding forever and till now it lasted. “Two households, both alike in dignity, from ancient grudge break to new munity, where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.

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From forth the fatal loins of these two foes…” It was destiny for them to meet because of the families hate and both families being so alike in dignity they would want all of Verona to know their children and how great they are especially their enemies. Also it was fate that the serving man asked Romeo for help reading the guest list and inviting him to the party. Where Romeo and Juliet met for the first time and fell in love with each other. Though it was their free will to go against their families for each other.

At the balcony scene they were saying that they would do anything to be with each even though know that they were enemies. “O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo? Deny thy father and refuse thy name; or if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love and I’ll no longer be a Capulet. ” She would give up being a Capulet and would go against her family for him. And he knows she a Capulet “Is she a Capulet? O dear account! My life is my foe’s debt”. And yet he still goes to her balcony to see her even though she is his foe.

It was also their free will to kill themselves because they could not be with each other. After Balthasar goes and tells Romeo of Juliet death because he didn’t know it was fake Romeo rushes out of Mantua back to Verona, but first stopping at an apothecary to get poison so he can die along Juliet’s side. “And, lips, O, you the doors of breath, seal with a righteous kiss a dateless bargain to engrossing death. ” Then she kills herself because he kills himself. “What here?

A cup closed in my true love’s hand? Poison, I see, hath been his timeless end. O churl, drunk all, and left no friendly drop to help me after! I will kiss thy lips. Haply some poison yet doth hang on them, to make me die with restorative….. Yea, noise? Then I’ll be brief. O, happy dagger, this is thy sheath. There rust, and let me die. ” They both kill themselves and that was their choice to kill themselves because their love died. The story of Romeo and Juliet was based on the fate and free will.

If their families hadn’t hate each other they wouldn’t have met and wouldn’t have to go through those hardships. Though on the other hand it was the way they dealt with those hardship that made their death bed. Romeo choose to kill Tybalt instead of letting justice take its path which led to him to being banished and Capulet rushing up the wedding between Paris and Juliet. This then led to Juliet’s fake death, Then Romeo killing himself, and Juliet killing herself in return. And both fate and free will played a part in Romeo and Juliet’s demise.