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How does Shakespeare Make TheAudience Aware Of The Importance Of Fate In Romeo And Juliet?

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How does Shakespeare Make The Audience Aware Of The Importance Of Fate In Romeo And Juliet? In the Shakespearean play Romeo and Juliet; besides love and revenge, fate is one of the main themes in the play. The whole play revolves around the concept of fate, and Shakespeare makes his audience quite aware of this on the prologue at the start of the play. Fate is an uncontrollable power or thought that is said to make things happen, fate is destiny. It is predestination where everything in and around your life is set out for you. Some people believe in fate, that there is a higher power that, that someone controls everything we do, that we have no free will. People who believe in fate believe that their life is pre-destined and set in the stars even before you are born. However other people do not believe in fate and say that everything you do is your own choice, and if you try hard enough you can make your own future. ...read more.


Without knowing it by Benvolio making Romeo go to the party is leading Romeo to his inevitable death. Juliet has also forgotten about meeting her supposed "love" Paris. Fate is really obvious in this scene because if Romeo hadn't been in the square at that particular time, if the Capulet servant hadn't asked Romeo to read the invitation and Benvolio hadn't told Romeo to go to the party, Romeo wouldn't have met Juliet. Before Romeo goes to the party he makes a speech saying "some consequences yet hanging in the stars and also by some vile forfeit of untimely death." This means there will be a consequence of going to the party- someone death. He feels that by going to the party it will be the start of something bad. This is a literal devise called foreshadowing, where someone knows what will happen but they just don't know when or where. Fate reappears at the Capulet party. When he gets there and he sees Juliet and Juliet Romeo they both instantly fall in love. ...read more.


Whilst Tybalt is a master swords man Mercutio is only a master of wit, so the odds on mercutio winning the fight are doubtful. However it could have ended with smiles because it was only a play fight. But again fate arbitrates; Romeo stands between Tybalt and Mercutio and Mercutio doesn't see Tybalt thrust his arm under Romeo's and into his chest. If Mercutio had not being killed then Romeo wouldn't have gone hysterical at Tybalt and said "either tho or I, or both must go with him!" meaning someone will have to pay for the loss of Mercutios death even if that's himself. At this point in the play Romeo realises that fate is controlling what he does by saying "This day's black fate." Romeo challenges Tybalt because of this, he feels that someone or something else is controlling his body. The surprised expression Romeo has when he relises he has beaten Tybalt is because Romeo never should have beaten Tybalt Because Tybalt was the better swordsman, and it also proves that fate was controlling Romeo. Romeo did not expect to win which shows that he put his life in fates hands ...read more.

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