Free Will Made It Tragic Essay

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Although in the prologue, William Shakespeare, the author of “The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet,” a play published in 1599, stated that Romeo and Juliet were star-crossed or destined lovers, the play directs readers to a different path. Free Will is the ultimate factor in deciding the outcome of Romeo and Juliet’s story by evidence of Romeo decided to go to the party even though he predicted negative outcomes and knew it would cause trouble, Juliet chose to love and to marry her enemy Romeo, although she was very much aware of the consequences, and Romeo and Juliet foolishly and consciously decided to commit suicide Throughout the play, both Romeo and Juliet are given options and with their ...view middle of the document...

Near the very end of Act 1, after her talk with Romeo and the Nurse and she learns that Romeo is a Montague and loving him has consequences, Juliet makes an interpretation of the situation, “My only love, sprung from my only hate! / Too early seen unknown, and known too late! / Prodigious birth of love it is to me/ That I must love a loathed enemy.” (I. v. 137-140.) A new lover Juliet, the only daughter of Capulet, learns the true identity of her love. She becomes aware that her love, Romeo is a Montague. Romeo, the only son of Montague is enemy to her father. Though she realizes the consequences of her loving the son of her only enemy, Juliet decides to continue to love Romeo. In that situation, Juliet had many options in her hand. It was up to her to decide whether to love Romeo or to honor her father. She was aware that her father would not accept Romeo as his son-in-law and that by loving a Montague; she would be dishonoring her family. The outcome of the play was largely impacted by her decision because loving Romeo led to their marriage and eventually their death. Juliet was free to do decide to dislike Romeo instead of loving him. She could have changed everything by choosing not to love Romeo, but she chose the decision with the most deadly possible outcome. Juliet chooses not to acknowledge the possibility of the deadly outcomes that may result if she continues to love Romeo and without thinking ahead, she proceeds to love him. The Free Will of Juliet allowed her to make a decision and the decision she made ultimately lead to her and Romeo’s death. Both Romeo and Juliet make numerous bad decisions throughout the play, but the last decision turns out to be the worst.
As if though their individual contributions of bad decisions through Free Will were not enough, they had to take advantage of Free Will one last time to commit suicide and to cause the tragedy. In Act 5 of Romeo and Juliet, both of...

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