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"Romeo and Juliet" - the theme of fate and destiny.

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Romeo And Juliet By Michaela Glynn Shakespeare's most famous tragedy is probably the tale of "Romeo and Juliet". The immortal tale of two 'star-cross'd lovers' destined to an early demise, originated in Italian folklore. Shakespeare's prologue is possibly the most insightful piece of the play regarding their death and the explanation of it. The "ancient grudge" immediately sets the ominous tone of the play. This allows the audience to understand that their "death" is the only way their "parents strife" could end: "But their children end nought could remove". The recurring theme of fate and destiny, which frequents many Shakespeare's plays, is seen also in the prologue. Shakespeare introduces Romeo and Juliet through the prologue as "star cross'd lovers" implying they are ill fated. The description of their love as "death marked" assures the reader of the plays tragic genre and the inevitability of their deaths. The prologue informs the audience of the "ancient grudge" between the Montague's and Capulet's and prepares them for the eventual bloodshed. Although we never learn why there was a "grudge" it seemed to have become a habit for the families to hate one another. Romeo and Juliet suppress their love in order to keep it from their families, this is all due to the 'ancient grudge'. ...read more.

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The reader knows 'Montague' doesn't know or understand Romeo his conversation with 'Benvolio'. Romeo was upset about 'Rosalin' due to the fact he thought he was in love. Benvolio asks Montague if he 'knows the cause' of Romeo's sorrow and he replied 'I neither know it, nor can learn from it'. This shows Romeo couldn't talk to his father about 'Rosalin' but spoke to 'Friar Lawrence' about his sorrow. It also suggests he wouldn't be able to understand Romeo's dilemma. Romeo seems to be closer to 'Friar Lawrence' by how he referrers to him as 'father' this is ambiguous because he is a priest and also like a father figure to Romeo, the Friar refer's to Romeo as his 'good son' suggesting they have a very close bond. Romeo also confides in him about his love for 'Juliet', which must mean he trusts him because he would be shamed if his family knew. If Romeo and Juliet could talk to their parents they wouldn't of had to die to be with each other and there would be no reason for them to hide their love. Their parent's should not have 'an ancient grudge' between them, since they don't seem to know how the feud started and they shouldn't have dragged the younger generation into the feud. ...read more.

Conclusion

If he didn't think he was, he would never have gone to the party and met his true love Juliet. The whole play is based on their fate, to bring peace between both 'households'. Their death, as tragic as it is, could never have been avoided. I feel the main reason Romeo and Juliet died was because of their fate. Romeo and Juliet could not determine their fate, and their death happened for a reason. Their fate was to meet and die for their love and to 'bury their parents strife'. Before the play began we knew they were 'death marked' so the other factors which feature in their death only happened because it was fated. If Romeo and Juliet had spoken to their parent's about their love for one another their fate would still end in death to re-unite their 'households'. Also if the friar's plan were successful their fate would still be to die at the 'bottom of a tomb' because of Juliet's premonitions. Fate in the play was how the 'grudge', premonition's, Friar's plan and parents all contributed to their death. Without them destined to die they could have avoided their death but because it was 'death-marked', meaning it was out of anyone's control. Shakespeare wrote in the prologue the reason for their death was fated, and their death was destined to 'bury their parents strife'. The main reason for their death was their fate. ...read more.

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