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Academic Journal of Humanities & Social Sciences, 2020, 3(6); doi: 10.25236/AJHSS.2020.030619.

Analysis of Causes of Tragic Fate in Romeo and Juliet Based on Shakespeare’s View of Fate


Li Jie

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Li Jie

China Foreign Affairs University, Beijing, China, 100037


Romeo and Julie is the most famous play of Shakespeare, and the tragic fate of its characters is mainly revealed by the tragic story between Romeo and Juliet, which has high literary aesthetics and artistic values. Based on the Shakespeare’s view of tragic fate, this paper mainly analyses what Shakespeare’s views of fate were in his time and discusses what kinds of causes eventually trigger the death of Romeo and Juliet. Besides, the author aims to explore different personal weaknesses that these characters may have in the play, and finally concludes how these characteristics of different characters push the whole play to develop. Through the full analysis, the author finds out that various reasons are contributing to the tragic ending such as the two households’ resentment and rage, Paris’ love to Juliet, Romeo’s pursuit for idealistic love, Juliet’s insistence on free love, and the old and patriarchal society, etc. At last, the author concludes that at the very start of writing Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare would like to express his indignation to the feudal society and the patriarchal rules by telling the tragic fate of Romeo and Juliet, with which he also criticized the decadent and feudal system at that time.


Romeo and Juliet; Tragic Fate of Characters; Shakespeare’s View of Fate; Shakespeare

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Li Jie. Analysis of Causes of Tragic Fate in Romeo and Juliet Based on Shakespeare’s View of Fate. Academic Journal of Humanities & Social Sciences (2020) Vol. 3, Issue 6: 164-168. https://doi.org/10.25236/AJHSS.2020.030619.


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