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Examine the role of fate in Romeo and Juliet.

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Lauren Wood Examine the role of fate in Romeo and Juliet There are a lot of events in the play that fate plays a part in. Fate plays a big part in this play. Most events that happen to Romeo and Juliet are not their fault at all, and it is fate that affects their lives. We know from the prologue that eventually in this play, Romeo and Juliet will die. As it states in the prologue "A pair of star cross'd lovers, take their life." This is saying that these two people meet, Romeo and Juliet, and it ends up costing them their life. There are suggestions throughout the book that are repeated that Romeo and Juliet will die. When Romeo is talking to Benvolio, in act one, scene four, as it states in the text "I fear too early, for my mind misgives some consequences yet hanging in the stars, shall bitterly begin his fearful date, with this nights revels, and expire the term of a despised life clos'd in my breast, By some wile forfeit of untimely death. ...read more.

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Here Juliet is having a sort of premonition of what might happen. In act two, scene six, where Romeo and Juliet are to be married Romeo is talking to the Friar before Juliet arrives and he says "Then love-devouring death do what he dare, It is enough I may but call her mine." The friar then warns him that fate has a habit of accepting those challenges, and to tread carefully. In act three scene five, when Romeo and Juliet are about to depart, Juliet asks Romeo if they will see each other again, and he says that he will see her again, but then Juliet says "O God, I have an ill-divining soul, Methinks I see thee now, thou art so low, As one dead in the bottom of a tomb, Either my eyesight fails, or thou look'st pale." This is interesting because the next time she sees Romeo is when she wakes up in the tomb after taking the friars potion, and sees Romeo dead because he has killed himself, so here there is another premonition of what is going to happen to Romeo and Juliet. ...read more.

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Although fate is seen in a negative aspect there are parts of the play that it has happened positively. For instance, the clown in act one, scene two. If that clown had not have asked Romeo if he could read the letter, then Romeo wouldn't have known about the party and gone to it to see Rosaline and met Juliet. On the other hand, if the clown hadn't have asked Romeo to read the letter, both Romeo and Juliet would still have been alive. Timing in this play is also crucial. If the monk delivering the friars letter to Romeo hadn't been delayed, then Romeo would know that Juliet would be safe, and not dead. If Balthazar hadn't heard of Juliet's death and rushed off to tell Romeo, Romeo wouldn't have gotten any message, and the friar could have taken Juliet when she woke up to him. If Friar Lawrence had arrived at the tomb five minutes earlier, he could have stopped Romeo from killing himself, and Romeo and Juliet could have lived happily somewhere else. If Juliet's drugs had worn off two minutes earlier, then she would have woken up just before Romeo got there, and she would have been alright, and Romeo would not have killed himself. ...read more.

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