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The role of fate is important in Romeo and Juliet - How has Shakespeare explored the concept of fate and destiny that two young lovers have no free will?

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The role of fate is important in Romeo and Juliet. How has Shakespeare explored the concept of fate and destiny that two young lovers have no free will? In the play Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, there are six different themes; love, conflict, religion, revenge, fate and destiny. Fate plays an important role in the play. We initially perceive fate in the prologue, line 6 "A pair of star crossed lovers" whose lives are encompassed by fate which prompts their death. Fate has a very significant role throughout the play. Romeo and Juliet were convinced fate was working against them. In the beginning Romeo fears some "consequence hanging in the stars" will begin its" fearful date" on the night he meets Juliet at the Capulet ball in Act 1 Scene 5. Also in this scene we witness images of death, "My grave is like a wedding bed". ...read more.


Juliet is bewildered whether she likes Romeo or not. We see this in her soliloquy, "beautiful tyrant", "damned saint". Love in the play is represented as something taking over something. Conflict is also what led to the death of the two young lovers. It first started in Act 1 Scene1 the street brawl between the Capulet and the Montagues then the death of Tybalt followed on. The Prince then banished Romeo from Verona. When Juliet hears Romeo is going to be banished from Verona she seeks the help of Friar Lawrence. The Friar then concocts a potion for Juliet. He sent a letter through Friar John telling him to pass it to Romeo in Mantua. By fate the letter was not received. When Romeo arrived at Juliet's tomb hearing the news that she died, Romeo slays himself. When Juliet awakes and sees Romeo's dead she takes the dagger and stabs herself. ...read more.


Authority in the play is based on a person's status. Fate is provoked by images of death by Romeo and Juliet, Friar Lawrence. The momentum of the play speeds up as we reach the climax. "Black funeral", "melancholy bells", "buried course", these images of death are seen in Act 4 Scene 5, where they find Juliet dead. With the images of death the characters were led to their destiny. "Death that hath sucked to the honey of thy breath" and "To Juliet's grave, for there must I use thee". From the play we can distinguish all the themes are visible; fate, love, religion, revenge, fate and destiny. But fate is the most important theme. Shakespeare has shown destiny by showing each theme and stating that "two star-crossed lovers" have no free will. From the prologue we can see that images of death by fate have been shown. The society is separated because of the "ancient grudge" between the Capulets and the Montagues. Total: 786 words Elizabeth Absalon 10B ...read more.

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