Romeo & Juliet – Fate & Freewill

Names: Class: FATE Date: Scene/ Incident [page no’s. (where theme is exemplified) Evidence showing aspects of theme (*Select key phrases) My Comments/ Explanation (ASSAI) Prologue – Chorus reminds audience that the love of Romeo and Juliet will lead to their deaths “A pair of star-cross’s lovers” “Whose misadventures piteous overthrows, do with their death bury their parent’s’ strife. ” “The fearful passage of their death-marked love” -Fate can clearly be seen as the audience is reminded right on the onset of the cursed nature of Romeo and Gullet’s love. – It foreshadows the death of Romeo and

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Juliet, almost confirming the inevitability of their doom. – Such absolution emphasizes the lack of control that the couple have over their lives and their love -They are destined and fated to die -The fulfillment of such prologue’s foreshadowing only serves to remind audiences of the ultimate control of fate over their lives and their inability to prevent these prophecies from being carried out. (AXIS) Benevolent gives Romeo advice – Caplet servant shows them attendance list “l am sent to find those persons whose names are here writ, and can never find what names the writing person hath here writ.

Street Fight -Capsules/Montages – Table “Give me my long sword” (peg 32) “Old Montague is come, and flourishes his blade in spite of me” (peg 32) muff men, you beasts” (peg 33) “The fire of your pernicious rage, With purple fountains issuing from your veins” (peg 34) – The fiery nature of Lord Montague and Lord Caplet clearly illustrates the deep- seated hatred between both families. It also reveals how this hatred fuels members of each family to react in an incredibly hostile manner when they meet and their hastiness to break into violent conflict. This sense of uncontrollable passion to hate heir rival household also manifests in the actions of other characters, as well as the citizens of Verona; with the only exception of the two young lovers. As such, although the feud could be an element of fate, the way the characters react to it shows how freewill contributes to the eventual tragedy as well. From his first appearance in the play, Table is portrayed as a character with very violent tendencies and an uncontrollable temper that later leads to fatal results. His immense passion to hate all Montages and the idea of peace is evident from the very start. This results in him reacting very violently and hostilely towards the Montages, and his actions eventually result in his own inadvertent death. Act 1 Scene 5 – Table’s passion to hate “By the stock and honor of my kin, to strike him down I hold it not a sin” (peg 76) “A villain that is hither come in spite, to scorn at our solemnity this night” (peg 77) “I’ll not endure him” (peg 78) “This intrusion shall, now seeming sweet convert to bitterest gall” (peg 79) – Table’s hot-headed, impulsive nature results in hasty Judgments and actions.

In this scene, he threatens to duel with Romeo, even before he had properly verified Romeos identity. His initial disregard for Lord Caplet’s words further accentuate his feisty nature, and he only grudging backs down after Lord Caplet exerts his authority. His character and the impulsive decisions he makes eventually conspire with fate to result in Table’s own death. Act 2 Scene 2 (passionate love) – Romeo and Juliet “The orchard walls are high, and hard to climb, And the place death, considering who thou art, If any of my kinsmen find thee here. ” (peg 108) “There lies more peril in thin eye Than twenty of their swords” (peg 108) “l would not for the world they saw he here. (peg 108) “My life were better ended by their hate, Than death prorogued, wanting of thy love. ” (peg 108) “The’ exchange of thy love’s faithful vow for mine. ” (peg 112) “My bounty is as boundless as the sea, My love as deep; the more I give to thee, The more I have, for both are infinite. ” (peg 112) “Thy purpose marriage, send me word tomorrow, By one that I’ll procure to come to thee” (peg 113) – The young lovers’ passionate nature and impulsiveness is clearly seen from their exchange in this scene. The lovers develop even greater feelings for one another wrought this meeting, which later leads to their marriage and a downward spiral of events.

Hence, we can say that this meeting which is the result of freewill contributed to the eventual tragedy of the young lovers. Act 2 Scene 6 – Marriage scene (passionate impulsive love) “sorrow… Cannot countervail the exchange of Joy that one short minute gives me in her sight” (peg 145) “These violent delights have violent ends… Like fire and powder, as they kiss, consume” (peg 146) “Let rich music’s tongue Unfold the imagined happiness that both receive in either by this dear encounter” (peg 147) “But my true love is rowan to such excess I cannot sum up sum of half my wealth” (peg 149) – The marriage is the result of the impulsive Judgment and decision of the two young lovers.

Albeit having only Just met, both Romeo and Juliet are ridiculously in love with one another, and this passionate love blinds them from thinking sensibly and objectively. Blinded by uncontrollable emotions, they fail to stop and think about how hasty their actions are, and how extreme it is for them to wholly commit themselves to marriage considering the short span of time they have spent getter. Act 3 Scene Fight Scene – Mercuric – Romeo By my heel, I care not. ” (peg 160) “Couple it with something, make it a word and a blow’ (peg 160) “Here’s my fiddlestick, here’s that shall make you walk” (peg 160) “O calm, dishonorable, vile submission! ” (peg 163) “Table, you rat-catcher, will you walk? (peg 163)

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