Act 5 scene 3: How does Romeo's response upon learning of Juliet's death reinforce the belief in fortune and fate?

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Romeo response to Juliet's death with utter resolve. He tells Balthasar that he is going to descend into Juliet's vault to see her one last time and to get the ring he gave her, but even in this speech it is clear that he means to do more. He essentially tell Balthasar that if he tries to stop Romeo in any way, Romeo will kill him, too. When Romeo is confronted by Paris, the same resolve is seen. He doesn't want to kill Paris, but if Paris tries to stop him (which Paris does), Romeo will kill him (which Romeo does). Romeo is convinced that it is his fate to die with Juliet, telling the grave that he will "cram it with more food." If Romeo had received the Friar's letter in time, he would not have come to this point. Thus the idea of fortune and fate continue to dominant the action.

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