Romeo and Juliet - star crossed lovers

In the play Romeo and Juliet the Chorus refers to Romeo and Juliet as "star crossed lovers . Is this a fair assessment of the role and action of the two lovers? In your answer you must consider two other characters.

In the play Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, the main characters, Romeo and Juliet, are described as ˜star crossed lovers'. From the opening scene of the play the Chorus says that the two young lovers from feuding families were destined to fall in love with each other, and eventually they would die together. Perhaps it was just fate that brought the two to fall in love, or maybe it was personal choice, or perhaps other influences such as the Friar Laurence and the Nurse played a part in the two lovers tragic future.

The concept of fate and fortune is first introduced in the Prologue, when the Chorus refers to Romeo and Juliet as ˜star crossed lovers'. This implies that Romeo and Juliet are ill fated and there is nothing they can do to avoid their tragic outcome. When the chorus says ˜The fearful passage of their death-marked love', the chorus is suggesting that their fate has already been decided. Perhaps the phrase ˜star crossed lovers' also indicates that Shakespeare's thinks and intends for fate to kill the two young lovers, rather than personal choice.

Fate is a very important theme in the play Romeo and Juliet, as it is the predetermined events, which lead to the eventual deaths of Romeo and Juliet. It is believed that fate is the main controlling force in life. Fate cannot be changed or altered, as it is your destiny. Fate is a person's destiny and future, which is ˜written in the stars' and is permanent. This concept of fate being ˜written in the stars' is the same in Romeo and Juliet, as their own unfortunate is mapped in the stars.

One of the most debated issues in the play Romeo and Juliet is whether our lives are dominated by fate or by personal choice, an

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