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Fate and Destiny's Role in the Deaths of Romeo and Juliet.

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Fate and Destiny's Role in the Deaths of Romeo and Juliet Fate is an extremely powerful force or power that predetermines one's events of life, consequently transforming their life dramatically. It is this in explainable entity that defines one's destiny although it is no longer as significant as it once was, some people still believe it is clearly obvious that fate was responsible for various events in their life. It is evident that fate played a major part in the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. "A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life" as stated in the prologue portrays that the remainder of the play relates to fate and destiny as it says Romeo and Juliet are fated to die. Romeo has a presentiment that something awful is about to occur in Act 1, Scene 4, prior to visiting the Capulet ball. On his way to the ball he recalls a vision in a dream the night before. ...read more.


In the second act of the play, Juliet is concerned by the rapidity of her relationship with Romeo. She expresses these concerns when talking with Romeo on her balcony. In the line (2:2, 116-117) she says "I have no joy at this contracts tonight... it is too rash, too unadvised, too sudden." This shows her awareness of how quickly the relationship with Romeo has expanded. In Juliet's soliloquy, Romeo overhears her concerns with her family and also Juliet speaking aloud of her love for Romeo; "Deny thy father, and effuse thy name" (2:2, 34) which means Romeo must no longer be a Montague if names comes between her love for Romeo. Juliet continues, saying that names are not important and Romeo would still be the same person, even if he was not called Montague, "So Romeo would, where he not Romeo called, retain that dear perfection which he owes" (2:2, 45-46). In the song "Romeo and Juliet" by Dire Straits, fate is mentioned in the lyrics related to Shakespeare's play and the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. ...read more.


These are all different factors that led to the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. In conclusion, however, my opinion is that fate is largely responsible for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. The number of events fate has changed or defied is overwhelming. Factors it performs such as the illiterate servant coincidentally meeting Romeo and having him read the list which encouraged him to attend the ball, leading on to meeting Juliet, I feel can only be performed by something powerful such as fate. It is clear from the very beginning that the too star crossed lovers were destined for death. The plague that struck the time the letter was supposed to be sent is surely an act of fate. Romeo even claimed he was "fortune's fool." (3:1, 136) We cannot forget other factors such as Friar Lawrence actions of duping the families with eh "death" of Juliet and also the prince failing to prevent the feuds between the families reaching mayhem but after assessing all of the viewpoints, Fate is definitely responsible for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. ...read more.

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