Date of publication: 2017-09-03 06:37
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Enter ROMEO ROMEO Can I go forward when my heart is here?
Turn back, dull earth, and find thy centre out.
He climbs the wall, and leaps down within it
Directors: Baz Luhrmann.
Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Claire Danes, John Leguizamo, Harold Perrineau.
IMDb Rating: /65 from 659,986 Users.
We don't need to bother with a spoiler alert, because Shakespeare wants us to be spoiled. It goes out of its way to tells us that Romeo and Juliet are destined for tragedy: in the opening Prologue, we learn that the "star-cross'd lovers" will "take their life." At the same time, there's still a sense that Romeo and Juliet decide all on their own to commit suicide—not to mention, there are plenty of players (the meddling Friar and Nurse, Romeo and Juliet's warring parents, etc.) who contribute to the play's tragic events. In Romeo and Juliet , maybe "fate" is just another word for "consequences."
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Because we know Romeo and Juliet’s fate from the outset we are constantly hoping that they will take a different course – perhaps that Romeo will arrive just after Juliet has woken. However, their fate is sealed and the audience is asked to question destiny and the ability to make free choices.
This eBook presented how impulsive people can be and how drastic they make decisions just to prove their point. The story of “Romeo and Juliet” ended tragically when Juliet pretended to be dead and when Romeo found out about his love's "death," took his own life by drinking poison.
Enter PARIS, and his Page bearing flowers and a torch PARIS Give me thy torch, boy: hence, and stand aloof:
Yet put it out, for I would not be seen.
Under yond yew-trees lay thee all along,
Holding thine ear close to the hollow ground
So shall no foot upon the churchyard tread,
Being loose, unfirm, with digging up of graves,
But thou shalt hear it: whistle then to me,
As signal that thou hear'st something approach.
Give me those flowers. Do as I bid thee, go.
PAGE [Aside] I am almost afraid to stand alone
Here in the churchyard yet I will adventure.
Enter JULIET and Nurse JULIET Ay, those attires are best: but, gentle nurse,
I pray thee, leave me to my self to-night,
For I have need of many orisons
To move the heavens to smile upon my state,
Which, well thou know'st, is cross, and full of sin.
Enter LADY CAPULET
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If we examine the play through another lens, however, there s some evidence to suggest that Romeo and Juliet s fates were not wholly predetermined, but rather a series of unfortunate and unlucky events.