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One of the oldest and most debated questions of all time is whether our lives are governed by fate or by our personal choice William Shakespeare in Romeo and Juliet brings this question to the surface Although fate seems to control what happens to Romeo and Juliet their choices contribute more to their fate than fate itself Although some reasons that Romeo and Juliet die are out of their control fate is not the largest reason that the lovers end up dying For example when Romeo hears of Juliets death before he is told that it is being faked Romeo heard of his loves death and rushed to her side to kill himself so he may lye with Juliet The choice to kill himself is his alone no one forces him to do it The unfortunate circumstance that stops the Friars assistant from delivering his message also aids the death of the lovers but does not cause it Romeo doesnt need to hear of the Friars and Juliets deception to stop them from dying If he hadnt have done anything drastic they would both have been alive and well Also Juliet could have told people about her marriage to Romeo accepted the consequences and then there would be no need for the fateful message Still fate or circumstances above their control do play a large role in determining the fate of the two young lovers It seems like Romeo and Juliet have the curse of bad luck throughout this story Fate seems to cause Mercucio to be killed by Tybalt under Romeos arm This causes Romeo to want to avenge Mercucios death and Romeo then slays Tybalt Hence Romeo is forced to leave Verona or die and therefore one more circumstance out of their control contributes to their deaths This situation is put on Romeo without his consent Romeo and the choice whether or not to avenge Mercucios murder Tybalt does not
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