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In modern times and in the Elizabethan era fate plays an important role in peoples lives Many people believe it to be written in stone and unchangeable Many others believe it to be controlled by a persons own actions In Romeo and Juliet fate is one of the main themes described as having power over many of the events in the play Fate is often called upon wondered about and blamed for mishaps However where fate is blamed in the play as the ultimate cause for a mishap there is always an underlying action or combination of them on the part of human beings that decides the consequences Human weakness the loss of self-control is always the direct cause of a bad choice or mishap and not fate itself One of the most noted instances where fate is blamed for a mishap is when Romeo cries out the he supposedly is fortunes fool He claims that fate has brought on Mercutios death and has lead him to kill Tybalt in revenge In Act 3 Scene 1 of Romeo and Juliet Romeo is seen to be upset at Mercutios death and predicts that the days black fate on more days doth depend III I 118 Tybalt then re-enters and Romeo becomes more upset that Tybalt is triumphant with Mercutio being dead III I 121 As Romeo becomes overwhelmed with Mercutios death and Tybalts joy over it he suddenly declares that either he or Tybalt must die with Mercutio III I 128 Tybalt responds predictably and threatens Romeo III I 129 Romeo takes the threat then fights Tybalt until Tybalt is finally killed When Tybalt dies Romeo suddenly comes to grips with what he has done and unable to believe that he did this of his own will cries out that he is fortunes fool III I 135 While many people may say that Romeos grief caused
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