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explore the role fate plays in romeo and juliet

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Fate plays a major role in the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet. The prologue describes Romeo's and Juliet's fate, which we see come up many times later on in the play. In this essay I am going to concentrate on Act 1 Scene 4, Act 1 Scene 5 and Act 5 Scene 3. In the Elizabethan era, fate plays an important role in people's lives. Many people believe it to be written in stone, and unchangeable. In Romeo and Juliet, fate is one of the main themes, described as having power over many of the events in the play. Throughout the play, Romeo and Juliet unwittingly realize they cannot exist in such reality and that a tragic fate awaits them. The two families, the Montagues and the Capulets continue being rivals all the way to the end of the play until the inevitable event takes its place. In the play, there are many pieces of evidence that further present the prologues sad foretold reality. It points out that Romeo and Juliet have fate against them. It says that their love is "death-marked," and they have no control over what happens. It is their misfortune that leads to the sorrowful and tragic ending of the play. ...read more.


After Romeo approaches Juliet, and speaks to her for the very first time. Romeo speaks of Juliet's hand as the shrine to which pilgrims (his lips) travel to worship (kiss). Juliet says 'o then, dear saint, let lips do what hands do', and they kiss. Juliet is presented as unearthly, this is related to fate as if to show that she should not be on this earth and this is what happens at the end. This first conversation between them two forms a sonnet, the sonnet is a fourteen-line lyric poem in mainly iambic pentameter, with a formal rhyme scheme, which are mainly love poems. It is the most accepted form for the language of love. This is fate, one without the other would not have been able to form this sonnet, and the two halves show that they need each other. While they are kissing, the nurse interrupts with a message that Juliet's mother wishes to speak to her. Romeo asks the nurse who Juliet is and learns that she is a Capulet, 'o dear account, my life is my foe's debt', and he is saying that his life depends on his enemy. Juliet says 'my grave is like to be ma wedding-bed', if Romeo is married then she does not want to live. ...read more.


After this kiss he has taken the sin back, this is fate that he is meant to die. It is like a curse for something he has done that just before Juliet wakes up he drinks the poison and dies. Juliet wakes up from the sleeping potion and asks the friar where Romeo is. The friar responds by saying, 'A greater power than we can contradict hath thwarted our intents.' That some higher power has changed their original plans. This higher power is 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 can tell him that Juliet is not really dead. This is not the friar's fault. Rather, it is fate that he did not get there on time. Overall I believe that the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet is fate driven. All the events that happen in the play lead to one major event, for which the play is said to be tragic, in which for most part fate plays a large role. Both destined lovers realize their love cannot be pure and simple, and that no matter what they do, it will be tragic. The two families, whose strife can only be stopped by the predetermined love of their offspring, seize the hatred between them. ?? ?? ?? ?? Explore the role of fate in Romeo and Juliet Nikhil Khagram 10U ...read more.

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