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Frez-Albrecht 1 Luca Frez-Albrecht Mrs. Principe English, Period G March 7, 2012 Romeo and Juliet: Fate or Folly?

In Shakespeares play, Romeo and Juliet, the namesakes problems take root not in fate, but in the actions of the people around them. For instance, at the beginning of the Act is Romeos banishment from the city housing his love, Juliet. The crime he commited was more than justified, but the biased Prince held him accountable for two deaths and declared that immediately we do exile him hence (3.1.186). This is not an act of fate at all, only an unfair verdict and sentence. Also the fault of a human, not a god, is the arranged marriage of Juliet to Paris, though she hates him with a passion. Lord Capulet, her father, decides behind her back to make a desperate tender of [his] childs love (3.4.12-13). He extends the offer to have the two married even though Juliet showed no interest in such a thing. On top of his, he threatens to disown her if she refuses. A third problem that both Romero and Juliet share is the latters nurse. At first, she seems to be very pleased with Juliets choice in Romero, but once Paris is finally accepted by Capulet, Nurse turns her back on both of the lovers. She tells Juliet that her fathers offer to Paris was one wisely done (3.5.236), which has nothing to do with fate and leaves Romeo and Juliet with no intercession. Indeed, in the next Act they are left to communicating through Friar Lawrence, who ends up meddling a bit too much for anybodys good.
FCAs: 1. Clear topic sentence including author, title, and genre 10 pts 2. 3 quotations that support your focus in the 4 step process 60 pts 3. Quotations are formatted according to rules of quoting poetry and cited according to rules of citing Shakespeare 10 pts 4. MLA and edited for Essential Conventions 20 pts