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How Does Shakespeare Use Fate To Enhance The Dramatic Presentation?

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How Does Shakespeare Use Fate To Enhance The Dramatic Presentation? Fate plays a major role within the confines of Romeo and Juliet. Not only is the thematic idea of fate an effective alternative explanation for the events of the play itself, it also has an effect upon the audience's perception of the stories retelling. Shakespeare often uses the idea of fate and predestination in his tragedies, most notably in Macbeth and King Lear. Whilst in these plays fate is presented through a series of in character revelations; in Romeo and Juliet fate stand's alone from this as it utilizes a completely separate performer to introduce fate as an idea, perhaps suggesting its increased significance, even from these highly noted tragedies. ...read more.

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Fate of the stars is mentioned again before Romeo enters the house of Capulet for the first time he speaks of an unknown danger "hanging in the stars." This notion of events expected to occur being written in the stars explains how life is predetermined by fate. Romeo senses that something bad is going to happen. Fate allows Romeos destiny to take place. Friar John never delivers the letter to Romeo and fate allows Romeo to hear of Juliet's death and go to be with her by drinking poison. It is fate that did not allow the friar to reach Romeo in Mantua. And thus, it is also fate that Romeo buys the poison and eventually kills himself by Juliet's side. ...read more.

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The concept of fate described is the most commonly accepted interpretation. There are other possible readings of fate in the play: as a force determined by the powerful social institutions that influence Romeo and Juliet's choices, as well as fate as a force that emerges from Romeo and Juliet's very personalities. Fate shows itself to the two lovers without them knowing the real meaning of what is happening. Juliet tells Romeo of her vision of him dead at the bottom of a tomb, and Romeo has a dream that Juliet finds him dead. This is foreshadowing to the already destined event these two lovers will soon face death. This is yet another example where fate has a role in the lives of Romeo and Juliet; it is something that they cannot control. ...read more.

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