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Fate and the blindness of young love

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Fate and the blindness of young love Fate and love plays a major part in plays as far back as the Greek and Elizabethan days. Shakespeare uses this as a theme in many of this plays. In Romeo and Juliet, the whole play is based upon fate and love. There are various parts in the play where fate is mentioned or played out. The very first time it is mentioned is in the prologue. The prologue tells the audience that something bad is going to happen to the two teenagers before the play has even started. The audience is told that with their course of love, they are doomed. "a pair of star-crossed lovers take their life." Pg1, L: 6. It says that tragic accidents will happen to take away their parents hatred for one another. "Whose misadventures piteous overthrows doth with their death bury their parents' strife." Pg1. L: 7. Fate sets in when the servant Peter, not being able to read, happens to come across Romeo in the street and asks him to read the guest-list. Romeo would never have known that Rosaline was going and probably would not have gone to the party. He then would never have been able to meet Juliet. ...read more.


"Is it e'en so? Then I deft you, stars!" pg191 L: 24. The next part of the play cannot be blamed on anything other than fate. The plague suddenly hits the village that Friar John has to pass through to deliver the message about Juliet's plan to Romeo. It is no ones fault that the message could not reach him, it is simply bad luck. Friar Lawrence explains what "unhappy fortune" pg107 L: 17, Romeo and Juliet have had. Shakespeare shows that the play is all about fate when Romeo is about to kill himself. Friar Lawrence arrives only seconds after Romeo drinks the poison. This scene points out how it was Romeo and Juliet's destiny to die. Romeo is aware that his life is filled with bad luck and the only way he can escape it is death. "O here will I set up my everlasting rest, and shake the yoke of inauspicious stars from their world-wearied flesh." Pg205 L: 111. Friar Lawrence also realises that the stars have control over their lives when he sees Romeo lying dead before him. "A greater power than we can contradict hath twarted our intents." Pg209 L: 153. At the end of the play, Shakespeare uses the Prince to conclude that fate had everything to do with their deaths. ...read more.


Juliet could have gotten married to Romeo for the wrong reasons; she did love him but also wanted to lose her virginity. Being so young, she thought that the only way to do that was to be married and in love with that person. "And learn me how to lose a winning match." Pg119 L: 12. Throughout the play, Romeo and Juliet tell each other they will do anything for one another because they are so in love. When they do die, they die for each other. Romeo-"Here's to my love. O true apothecary. Thy drugs are quick. Thus with a kiss I die." Pg205 L: 120. Juliet-"O churl! drunk all, and left no friendly drop to help me after?" Pg 209 L: 163. Shakespeare shows that the play is all about fate and the blindness of young love with all the quotes he has included. The beginning and the ending of the play both state that fate has something to do with the deaths of Romeo and Juliet who died of love for one another. This is proclaimed repeatedly throughout the play. The plot and the things that happen all link to fate and young love. Shakespeare saw his play as two themes: fate and young love, as he constantly replicates it throughout the story. ...read more.

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