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Discuss the Aspect of Fate in Romeo and Juliet.

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Discuss the Aspect of Fate in Romeo and Juliet. The aspect of fate in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, I think, plays a very large and powerful role, which ultimately sets off a chain reaction which changes and disrupts the lives of many characters in the play. A number of things that occur could have been avoided, but weren't, as a result of fate. Uncontrollable conflicts are also triggered off because of fate, which causes terrible events. All actions the two lovers make lead to 'out of control' circumstances. Shakespeare hints at the outcome throughout the story and makes the reader of the play hope more and more that Romeo and Juliet can live together. Unfortunately, the fate of Romeo and Juliet isn't a very preferable one. Fate can be defined as destiny, as it is Romeo and Juliet who are responsible for their deaths; if they hadn't fallen in love at first sight then the chain reaction leading to further conflicts wouldn't have been set off, or even more, if Romeo had decided not to attend the masked party at Lord Capulet's house. The destinies of these two "star crossed lovers" are not set from the start of the story, but almost all events that take place bring Romeo and Juliet closer to their inevitable fates. ...read more.

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Before Romeo enters the house of the Capulets, he speaks about an unknown danger "hanging in the stars". Romeo senses that something bad and tragic may happen, based on his fate. When Romeo learns that Juliet is dead, he immediately says he defies fate, by saying that he defies what is written in the stars. He refuses to accept that Juliet is dead. What Romeo doesn't realize here is that he has no control over his destiny. No matter how angry or motivated he is to change what is written in the stars, he cannot. It is already predetermined. The audience are reminded that Romeo's fate is already predetermined when Friar Laurence warns Romeo that people who act impulsively often have very negative consequences (and also perhaps destructive). This indicates that there will, in fact, be negative consequences to Romeo's actions. The next fate occurrence is when Mercutio yells out in anger "A plague o' both you houses!" three times. These words are another reminder to the tragedy that is 'fated', as if it were, to occur. It is also an example of a foreshadow. Romeo and Juliet have very little to do with what happens to them at the end of the play. ...read more.

Conclusion

This is a seemingly perfect plan, and gives the readers a sense of hope, but the plan is ruined when they discover that there was a quarantine in Mantua, and Romeo was unable to get the letter. This is the point in which Romeo decides that it would be best if he committed suicide. Also, when Juliet wakes up from the sleeping potion and asks where the Friar is, the Friar responds by saying that some 'higher power' has changed their original plans. That higher power is none other than what people have no control over - fate. Through fate, the friar does not make it to Juliet's tomb on time. Romeo kills himself before the friar tells him that Juliet isn't really dead. This is not the friar's fault; rather it is fate that that he doesn't get there in time. In conclusion, William Shakespeare had countless times where he could have saved both of them, but he does not. He gives the reader a little hope that the two will survive, but with each event, that hope is crushed. Although Romeo and Juliet did not have to kill themselves, none of the tragedies would have occurred, had the story not been so unpredictable. Truly, fate is the most dominant force in the play, and is most responsible for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. ...read more.

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