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Is the death of Romeo and Juliet due to fate or flaws? Do you know any quotes from the...

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boo | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 28, 2007 at 5:56 AM via web

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Is the death of Romeo and Juliet due to fate or flaws? Do you know any quotes from the text that support either side?

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gbeatty | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted March 28, 2007 at 9:05 AM (Answer #1)

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The phrase "star-cross'd" would refer to the heavens, like an astrological prediction. However, I think the wonder of the play is the way that they die due to both. If they didn't love so passionately, if Juliet had married Paris, if Romeo had been true to Rosalind, if they hadn't gone so crazy with grief at the end (all of which would be flaws), they'd be alive, but those flaws kill them because of the specific situation.

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poetryking | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 29, 2007 at 12:44 AM (Answer #2)

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read the chorus and yes it is fate

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