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Romeo & Juliet - How fate and fortune affects Their relationship

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Rahel Ahmed Romeo & Juliet - How fate and fortune affects Their relationship Astrology played a leading role in people's lives during Shakespeare's time. People believed that stars and planets controlled their destiny. They also believed in things such as the wheel of fortune, which was thought to be controlled by a woman, thus the ups and downs of life. In many of his plays Shakespeare's theme is fate and fortune, this was important in Elizabethan England because many people had faith in ups and downs of their daily lives and examples of such plays are Macbeth, Hamlet, Mid Summer Nights Dream as well as Romeo and Juliet. From the outset of the play, fate and fortune are seen to play a large role in the lovers' lives. Romeo, at the beginning is suffering from heroes, "Ay me, sad hours seem long." "Not having that, which, having, makes them short." "Out of her favour where I am in love." Fate dealt him a cruel blow as Rosaline will not love him back and has decided to turn to becoming a nun. Fortune comes in the guise of Benvolio who suggests they go to the Capulet's Party where Romeo can choose from many pretty women. "Be ruled by me, forget to think of her." ...read more.


The balcony is a symbol of the hammer that is trying to stop them, but Romeo's vaulting up to Juliet shows that nothing will be allowed to get in the way of their love. The friar scolds Romeo's constant falling in and out of love but agrees to marry him to Juliet believing the marriage would end the feud between the two families. "Young men's love then lies not truly in their hearts but in their eyes." The marriage forges a fortunate alliance making the two families kinsmen. This, however, is what creates the downfall for the lovers. The marriage between Romeo and Juliet takes place and they believe that their love will blossom but fate refuses to give them this wish. Once they marry they believe they are at the peak of the wheel of fortune looks dominant. Fate closes in and wreaks havoc upon the couple, in the form of Tybalt's anger. Tybalt seeks Romeo to torment and torture him for going to the Capulet's party and for the sake of the Feud. Romeo doesn't want to fight Tybalt because they are now kinsmen and it would be a fight against Juliet, his love. "Tybalt, the reason that I have to love thee, doth much excuse the appertaining rage to such a greeting villain ain I none, therefore farewell I see thou knowest me not, Mercutio is dealt with a mortal wound and dies by Tybalts sword." ...read more.


Once Romeo hears about Juliet's death he believes his life is worthless. He runs to a drug shop and asks the shop keeper for the most vulgar poison he can give. The owner refuses, Romeo however is so desperate he gives all his gold away to the owner and requests a poison that is so powerful it can kill twenty men in an instant, Once he receives the poison he doesn't want to kill his self in the open, he wants to lie beside his wife when he dies. Just when she awakens she finds Romeo beside her, she realises that he is dead; crying she tries kissing Romeo to get a bit of the poison passed onto her, it isn't enough to kill her, fate doesn't allow a bit of poison that is enough to kill twenty men to kill a single person, she picks up Romeo's dagger and stabs into her self thinking that if they cannot live together here they can up there. Throughout the play, fate and fortune have played a role that provided the storyline with undulating highs and lows before fate took dominance allowing a small peak at the end when the two families acknowledged alliance. It took bloodshed to bridge a gulf of enmity when it could have only taken a few words of understanding to get them together. ...read more.

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