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How does Shakespeare Introduce the idea of Destiny During Act I?

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How Does Shakespeare Introduce The Idea Of Destiny During Act 1? Shakespeare introduces the theme of destiny not only by what the characters say, but using the attitudes of the character, their actions, and the plot itself. He shows the power and influence that fate has on the characters, but certain individuals, such as Capulet, have the ability to control it and even go against their destiny. The language that Shakespeare uses also brings the theme of destiny into the play; talking about the authority of the stars and how they show certain characters futures. They seem to control various peoples actions, such as Romeo's dream, in which the stars show how his desire for love will lead him to his death. Destiny brings forth two offspring of both rivaling families, of which they are preordained to fall in love with each other: "From forth the fatal loin of these two foes A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life" From the prologue we see Shakespeare has introduced destiny into these rivaling households, by bringing forth to new kin which fate has chosen to bring together, despite the attitudes of their elders. After The quarreling of the Montague's and the Capulet's, we see Romeo expressing his depression to Benvolio: "Why, such is love's transgression. ...read more.


On, lusty gentlemen." The language Shakespeare uses tells the audience that Romeo has foreseen in the stars that he is destined to die. At the time the future in the stars was a big believe to people, and that it was possible to have fate guide you. Even though Romeo has been told this in his dream, he is so desperate to have love that he is willing to accept destiny to obtain it. This illustrates that Romeo is always destined to be controlled by fate. It is foretold that the two lovers will come together, but it will end, as there is no other way in which "the continuance of their parents' rage" can be brought to an end then to kill themselves. "Whose misadventur'd piteous overthrows Doth with their death bury their parents' strife. Which but their children's end nought could remove." The prologue brings forth the idea that the destiny of the two lovers' deaths is the only thing which will stop the feuding of the parents. The words "take their lives" show that it is out of their own free will, and that it will not be a conscious decision, but rather an act of fate. In the Capulet's house, Lady Capulet and the Nurse are discussing Juliet's future marriage life: "I'll look to like, if looking liking move: But no more deep will I endart mine eye Than your consent gives strength to make it fly." ...read more.


The quarreling between the two shows the difference between age and youth "It fits when such a villain is a guest; I'll not endure him." - Capulet shows that he has control over what he does, where as the rebellious Tybalt acts on instinct, showing him to be not only controlled by fate, but to be destined to start fights with the Montagues most of his life. After the banquet, Juliet's passion for Romeo desires her to ask who he is: "Go ask his name.-If he be married, My grave is like to be my wedding bed." Here the words used make clear to the audience that Juliet is controlled by love and her destiny to be together with Romeo. She states from the words 'my grave is like to be my wedding bed' that if she is not able to marry Romeo, she will die, yet again showing her love for him. In Scene One, the Prince is forced to break up the third quarrel between the Montagues and Capulets: "Throw your mistemper'd weapons to the ground And hear the sentence of your moved prince." Using the language shown, the Prince is able to show he has a higher authority than the rivaling families. Because of this, he shows an influence to be able to control the destiny of the rivaling families, and commanding them to stop their fighting, as it will lead to the families' banishment. ...read more.

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