The Hands of Fate in Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" Analytical Essay by MissLaura

The Hands of Fate in Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet"
How the society, state and family of Romeo and Juliet keep the star-crossed lovers apart.
# 25232 | 1,373 words | 1 source | MLA | 2002 | CA
Published on Apr 25, 2003 in Drama and Theater (English) , English (Analysis) , Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)

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The paper explores how several factors (society, state and family) create insurmountable obstacles for the love of Romeo and Juliet. The focus is on a particular scene (act 3 scene 1), which the author feels is a turning point, or a point of no return for Romeo and Juliet.

From the Paper:

"From the start, the audience knows that Romeo and Juliet are star-crossed lovers, doomed to be separated by fate. Even so, there are many moments of hope where it seems like they just might be able to overcome all the difficulties they face. Act 3 scene 1 seems to crush this hope and seal the fate of the lovers. This scene is a turning point in the play where the influence of social institutions directs the tragic fate of Romeo and Juliet by creating insurmountable obstacles for their love. Their fate becomes inescapable when in this scene Romeo and Juliet's society, state and family create the circumstances that keep the lovers from being together."

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