• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

explore the role fate plays in romeo and juliet

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

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.

Middle

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.

Conclusion

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.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Romeo & Juliet section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Romeo & Juliet essays

  1. what role does fate play in romeo and juliet

    Shakespeare is showing that it is like normal peoples lives that fate has been decided for everyone. The reason Romeo meets Juliet is at the Capulet party. The servant runs into Romeo and Benvolio on the street, and asks Romeo to read the guest list to him as he is

  2. How did Shakespeare create tension in act 1 scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet

    The Capulet despise the Montagues' who they have been at war since "ancient times" (prologue) so when the nurse tells Juliet that Romeo is the some of her fathers "great enemy" (act 1 scene 5).this adds to the tension in the play.

  1. In this essay I will examine the role that Friar Lawrence plays in Romeo ...

    death to be with him and he would not have believed that she was dead. Although I do not feel that he should feel responsible for the death of Mercutio and Tybalt as the fought without the knowledge of Romeo and Juliet being together.

  2. Romeo and Juliet - Fate

    The final deaths of them both (Romeo and Juliet) is the "consequence" that he is talking about and the bitterness that starts the pathway to their ultimate tragedy is their first encounter, since they are supposed to be opposing enemies. For these reasons, Romeo and Juliet's first meeting is compulsory and sure to happen, fate being the most powerful force at work, determining their future.

  1. How effectively does Shakespeare use scene 1 to introduce the main themes in 'Romeo ...

    Shakespeare would have also been able to give the audience some idea of what to expect throughout the rest of the play. This was very effective as it used tight rhythm and rhyme designed to draw the audience in. The prologue at the beginning of 'Romeo and Juliet' beings '

  2. Romeo and Juliet experience disaster in their lives partially due to inadequate parenting. Examine ...

    Thursday to marry Paris she shall never speak to him or ever look him in the face or answer him again. The inadequate parenting of Juliet is also the responsibility of her mother, Lady Capulet. Lady Capulet a rich member of society, 20 years younger than her husband, does not

  1. Show how Juliet's relationship with her parents and Friar Lawrence's single mindedness contribute to ...

    She also tells Juliet that she is not too young to marry since: 'Here in Verona, ladies of esteem,' this means that many ladies at her age are already married and have children, as they are mothers. The nurse was excited by his prospect of Juliet marring Paris, but yet to find out what will be ahead!

  2. In William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, fate plays an extremely powerful role throughout the ...

    (Act 1, Scene 5, 152) were the two expressions that Romeo and Juliet exclaimed. Juliet had the right idea when she showed her frustration with the feud, and its influence on Romeo and Juliet's relationship, in her soliloquy on the balcony, and said, "What's in a name?

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work