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Romeo and Julietis often interpreted by Modern British Society as a play about Fate and the Blindness of Young Love.

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Romeo and Juliet is often interpreted by Modern British Society as a play about Fate and the Blindness of Young Love Shakespeare has used fate as a powerful force in Romeo and Juliet. Fate has also played a major role in other Shakespeare tragedies and playwrights, such as Macbeth, where "weird sister" means "the sister of fate", Julius Caesar and The Winter's Tale. Throughout the play, the reader is being questioned whether the events taking place are being controlled by the characters or by fate. We are firstly introduced to the acts of fate when a servant who cannot read happens to ask Romeo for help in reading aloud the list of guests attending Capulet's party, and in return, invites Romeo to go. Servant: Now I'll tell you without asking...I pray come and crush a cup of wine. Rest you merry. If Romeo and Benvolio hadn't been wandering the streets at the same time as an illiterate servant, the chance of considering attending the party would be much lesser. We come across a double act of fate when Romeo has accepted the invitation to the feast, but still has doubts about attending as he has had dreams that as a result of this party, an unsettling incident is destined to occur, but has not yet been revealed. Romeo: I fear, too early, for my mind misgives Some consequence, yet hanging in the stars Shall bitterly begin his fearful date With this night's revels However, owing to fate, he decides to go the Capulet's house, despite his intense qualms. ...read more.

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Juliet: That may be, sir, when I may be a wife. Paris: That "may be" must be, love, on Thursday next. Juliet: What must be shall be. Friar: That's a certain text. We know as readers that when Juliet makes the statement: "What must be shall be", she is actually referring to her engagement to Romeo. And then when the Friar goes on to say: "That's a certain text", we know that fate will now step in and take its hand. The blindness of young love is another theme that plays a major role in Romeo and Juliet. We first encounter Romeo's obsessive love for Rosaline, where he describes his situation with the words: "Why, such is love's transgression," meaning that this is the kind of sin that is committed in the name of love. As readers, we already know that because of Romeo's obstinate behaviour in this scene, his love for Rosaline is not true, but that he is just simply infatuated. When Benvolio continually tries to persuade Romeo that there may be other attractive women at the feast, Romeo stubbornly persists that no one can be better than Rosaline: Benvolio: Tut, man, one fire burns out another's burning, One pain is lessened by another's anguish... ...Go thither, and with unattained eye Compare her face with some that I shall show... Romeo ...One fairer than my love? ...read more.

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He tries to draw the line between 'loving' and 'doting', and the fact that this love can be like his failed love for Rosaline: Friar: Young men's love then lies Not truly in their hearts, but in their eyes... ...For doting, not for loving, pupil mine In the prologue, when the chorus is introducing the tale of Romeo and Juliet, they mention how the story ends with the deaths of the two star-crossed lovers. This is where the acts of fate and young love link together to put forward another main theme. The first time we encounter a remark made by Romeo relating to the theme of star-crossed lovers is when he says: "O, I am fortune's fool." He is saying that he is like a household fool, being held by Fate for its enjoyment. This links to when he has been banished and recalls the flattering truth of sleep. However, the irony he encounters is that everything he has dreamt is true - but resulted in a disastrous way. He starts to believe strongly that fate is taking over once and for all when he makes the remark: Romeo: Is it e'en so? Then I defy you, stars? When the Friar warns Romeo about his blindness towards this love, we are again coming across the theme of star-crossed lovers. It is the Friar's advice that is ironic, when he makes statements such as: "These violent delights have violent ends, and in their triumph die like fire and powder...Therefore, love moderately; long love doth so..." Ting Chin 004507 13th December 2003 ...read more.

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