Romeo and Juliet as a Tragedy Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy, which was written by William Shakespeare in 1599. The Elizabethans totally believed in fate, they believed that your destiny was fated. They also believed that fate was fickle, it could change, one day everything would be good and the next day things could be really bad. If you challenged fate, it would take up the challenge. If it wasn’t fate there are many more things which could have caused the tragedy; the feud, this means that everything that happens in Verona ends in violence, Friar Lawrence, shouldn’t have married them and shouldn’t have suggested such a dangerous plan, which was playing with their lives, the Nurse should have stopped Juliet getting involved with a Montague, but also Juliet’s parents should have payed more attention to what she felt and wanted. Or it could have been just bad luck and bad timing. In the play fate is strongly implicated as controlling the tragedy. Right at the start Shakespeare wants the audience to know that fate will play a huge part in the play and in the prologue it says that Romeo and Juliet will die ‘from forth the fatal loins of these two foes, A pair of star-cross’d lovers take their life’. The prologue is saying that the stars control Romeo and Juliet’s lives and it says that the stars are against them. They are destined to die. At the start of the play, fate works in favour of Romeo and Juliet because firstly the servant has a list of guests for the ball but he can’t read and Romeo just happens to be there at that time. He then decides to go because he sees Rosaline’s name. Then when he is at the ball Capulet knows he… … middle of paper … …ows something bad will happen. So the characters contribute a lot to the tragedy. In conclusion I think that Romeo and Juliet was partly down to fate but a large part was down to the characters because some was purely fate, such as right at the start when Romeo just happened to be in the right place at the right time, with the servant who couldn’t read. But a lot of the tragedy is down to the characters because if the Nurse hadn’t have agreed to be the go-between it would have been very hard for Romeo and Juliet to communicate, and if the Friar hadn’t have married Romeo and Juliet, then Juliet wouldn’t have had to worry about committing bigamy and she wouldn’t have had to take the potion. So I think that fate was against Romeo and Juliet but some of the characters made things worse, which all resulted in the tragedy.