Romeo And Juliet Thesis Paper
The comic aspect of the feud is reinforced when Old Capulet arrives in person in his gown, calls to his wife for a "long sword" and is punctured roundly when she tells him that a crutch is all that he can handle at his advanced age.
Montague arrives, mimics the mindless behavior of the servants and is duly restrained by his wife.
In Act V, scene i, Romeo demonstrates his belief in the power of dreams to foretell the future once again when he believes that he will be reunited with Juliet on the basis of another dream. Other characters in the play believe in the power of fate as well.
However, when Balthasar informs him that Juliet is dead, Romeo once again rails against the power of fate: “Is it e’en so? Juliet appeals to fortune when Romeo escapes to Mantua in Act III, scene v: “O Fortune, Fortune! If thou art fickle, what dost thou with him That is renowned for faith?
There is ample evidence of both fate and free will in the play, and the presence of both greatly affects the interpretation of the plot and the characters.This is not the stuff of menace or of chivalry, and the humor woven into this first display of mutiny in Verona mutes any sense of...(The entire section is 1,116 words.) One of the most important issues in the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet is that of choice.The inference here is that the conflict is an archaic rivalry based upon the very equality of the families' social standing that has been driven forward by a long skein of injuries and slights.Not only has the issue at odds been lost to time and the overlay of fresh events, there is no effective mechanism to resolve it at hand.Although Tybalt of the Capulets is the most aggressive character on the stage, Mercutio's twice-spoken curse, "a plague a' both houses! ll.91, 106), makes it plain that the sides are equally to blame for his death, and by extension, for the tragedy that befalls the lovers.Beyond this, however, we are never told what the original cause of the war between the Capulets and Montagues was.The characters themselves all believe that their lives are controlled by destiny and luck, and Romeo is a prime example of this.When Romeo and his friends journey to the Capulet’s ball in Act I, scene iv, Romeo hesitates to go because he has had a bad dream: ...[M]y mind misgives Some consequence, yet hanging in the stars, Shall bitterly begin his fearful date With this night’s revels and expire the term Of a despised life, closed in my breast, By some vile forfeit of untimely death (I, iv. Romeo not only acknowledges the power of the stars, which tell what fate has in store through astrology, but he also believes that his destiny is to die.The play moves directly from the Prologue to a lower case example of the mutiny as a confrontation unfolds between servants of the Capulet and Montague households.As Sampson and Gregory square off against Abram and Balthasar, the vulgar obscenities and gestures which they exchange undercut any sense of real danger.