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Examining the Theme of Fate in the Play Romeo and Juliet.

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Examining the Theme of Fate in the Play Romeo and Juliet. Fate means the ultimate power and the out come of an event. The Elizabethans believed fate meant destiny. In the play Romeo and Juliet's fate plays a major role in both their lives. We know this because the prologue says "A pair of star cross'd lovers .......their death mark'd love" This means Romeo and Juliet's love was written in the stars and everything that happened to them was pre-determined and would end in their deaths. There are many "what ifs" in this play and again this draws you right back to fate. For example: * What if Juliet had woken up sooner she might have stopped Romeo from taking the poison and dying. * What if the nurse and Friar Lawrence did not agree to help Romeo and Juliet then maybe they would not have got married? ...read more.

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Romeo says this before gate crashing the Capulet's ball. This shows us that Romeo believes fate is written in the stars and something bad will happen. Act 2 Scene 3 (line 90) "Wisely and slow: they stumble that run fast" (Friar) The Friar Lawrence said this when Romeo went to ask the Friar if he would marry himself and Juliet. This is a warning for Romeo because the Friar believes those who act on impulse will have a negative out come. Act 3 scene 1 (line 119-120) "This day black fate on mo day doth depend: This begins the woe others must end" (Romeo) Romeo found out that Tybalt had killed Mercutio. Romeo says this because deep down he knows this will only be the beginning of the tragedy. Act 3 Scene 5 (lines 54-57) "O God! I have an ill-divining soul: me thinks I see thee now thou art so low, as one dead in the bottom of the tomb: Either my eyesight fails, or thou look'st pale" (Juliet) ...read more.

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the Friar hears a noise and thinks it maybe the watcher. The Friar is telling Juliet of the death of Romeo and explains that powers greater than they can control have ruined their plans. Summary In the play 'Romeo and Juliet' fate played a major role. I think that the fate involved in the play is effective just as much now than when the play was originally written back in Elizabethan times. Elizabethans believed massively in fate. It played a major role in their own lives making 'Romeo and Juliet' more entertaining because of how much fate was contained in the play. I really enjoyed the play and I felt I understood the play more because I also believe in fate and how much control it as over our lives. The fate involved in the play I feel makes it more tragic and emotional making the audience ask themselves all the way through the play what if? By Tyler Littleboy ...read more.

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