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Fate in Romeo and Juliet

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Fate in Romeo and Juliet In the Prologue, Romeo and Juliet are described as 'star-crossed lovers" How important do you think fate is in affecting the outcome of the play? Romeo and Juliet is one of Shakespeare's most celebrated plays. It is a legendary love story that keeps the audience spellbound until the end. The events in the play are all delayed and don't happen on time. Romeo just misses the letter from Friar Lawrence; Juliet awakens from her deep slumber minutes before Romeo drinks the poison. All these events occurred due to coincidence; or did they? Fate is the fixed decree by which the order of things is prescribed; the immutable law of the universe; the inevitable necessity; the force by which all existence is conditioned and determined. That is fate, destiny in simpler terms. Fate is affecting the romantic tale of Romeo and Juliet throughout the play. In this essay I will show you how and when fate makes it's discrete but evident appearances. The first of fate's many appearances is made in the prologue itself, where references to fate are made. The prologue refers to Romeo and Juliet as an ill fated couple with the use of its words "star-crossed lovers" (prologue, line 6) which can be clearly defined as against the stars. ...read more.


However Romeo is not the only character referencing to fate. In Act 2, Scene 6, Line 9, Friar Lawrence comments on the marriage of Romeo and Juliet with the words "these violent delights have violent ends." In this line Friar Lawrence is also trying to counsel Romeo to tone down his powerful love because it may end unsuccessfully. Also the audience already knows that the play Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy so it is going to end in death, therefore the Friar's words are more than just wise statements, but in reality they reinforce the concept of fate and remind the audience of the role of fate in the tale. Mercutio's dying words in Act 3, scene 1, line 106, are curses to the Montague and Capulet households "a plague o'both your houses." Mercutio utters this prayer thrice reinforcing the idea. He seems to hold only the Capulet's and Montague's liable for his death. He wishes bad fortune on both of them which ultimately shows that his prayer was answered at the death of Romeo and Juliet. Mercutio's dying prayer could have been all it took to make fate take its next step. The events after this play out as determined by fate. On discovering the death of his best friend Mercutio, Romeo kills Tybalt, king of cats, as an act of vengeance. ...read more.


In this exclamation Romeo is trying to show his defiance to fate by killing himself so he can be with Juliet. In actual fact this decision made by Romeo ensures that both he and Juliet die and fulfil their destiny. One of fate's clever scheme's. The last quote I would like to mention is Friar Lawrence's acknowledgement of fate in Act 5 Scene 6, Line 153-154 where Friar Lawrence tells Juliet that a higher power either god or fate has ruined their plan; "A greater power that we can contradict hath thwarted our intents" From this we can interpret that the friar is speaking of fate which is set in stone and which we cannot change. This is where Fate has won its last battle with the tale of Romeo and Juliet. Overall it is in my opinion that not only did fate have a major role to play in Romeo and Juliet but fate also affected the tale on an increasingly big scale. The story of Romeo and Juliet was meant to end in tragedy despite the amount of lives taken and the sadness it caused. It was written in stone that they would die and so they did. No amount of defiance or resistance would have changed their destiny. However I believe some decisions in the play made by Romeo and Juliet were incorrect and this influenced the end result. ?? ?? ?? ?? Aasiyah Sidat 01.01.2010 10Z ...read more.

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