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Romeo and Juliet are referred to as "star-cross'd lovers". Discuss the concept of predetermined destiny (fate) and how it relates to the play.

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Topic: Romeo and Juliet are referred to as "star-cross'd lovers". Discuss the concept of predetermined destiny (fate) and how it relates to the play. Some people may not believe that fate is something that truthfully exists in the world. Others, however, believe that every event is predestined and laid out before them like a roadmap to life; in other words, fate. William Shakespeare's play, Romeo and Juliet portrays fate as an exceptionally crucial force. Fate seemed to control their lives and force them together, becoming a great influence on their love, and the ending of their parent's hatred. A large part of the beliefs for both Romeo and Juliet involve fate. They believe in the stars, and that their actions aren't always their own. ...read more.

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act, unaware that they are Montagues, and informs them about the Capulet party: "My master is the great rich Capulet, and, if you be not / of the house of Montagues, I pray come and crush a / cup of wine" (1,ii,86-88). What were the chances of the servant to run into the Capulet's most loathed enemy? It is by fate that Romeo and Benvolio discover the party. This sets everything up for the two lovers. They meet at the party, instantly falling in love. They realize later their identity, but they are in love and won't let their names get in the way of that strong emotional bind. Romeo and Juliet throughout the play have dreams of their death, visions of fate. ...read more.

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Though it seems like an honest accident that Balthasar is the one to tell Romeo about the turn of events, it is more likely that fate holds a much greater influence. By fate, Balthasar comes to Romeo and tells him what he believes to be true, but the piece of information he offers is a cause of the tragedy. The flaws in the friar's plan leaves Romeo a desire to die, which leads Juliet and Romeo to their destiny: death. Fate is clearly the most dominant force in the play. Fate brings Romeo and Juliet together, and sets up their love. However fate can only take us so far, the rest is up to ourselves. In the end, it was their own actions that brought upon their deaths. As said by William Shakespeare "It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves." Analytical Essay on Romeo and Juliet By Humaira Ansari 9A ...read more.

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