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What is the Significance of Fate and Destiny in Romeo and Juliet?

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What is the Significance of Fate and Destiny in Romeo and Juliet? 'From forth the fatal loins of these two foes, a pair of star crossed lovers take their life.' As we all know, 'Romeo and Juliet' is a tragic story of romance. Romeo and Juliet's death was a result of many misfortunes, but they were mostly victims of the society in which they lived and their own passions. Thus, fate and destiny are undoubtedly the most responsible influence for the couple's heartbreaking tragedy. Fate and destiny have very similar meanings and are usually, and easily, perplexed. Fate is your overall circumstances or condition in life. Destiny is an event that will inevitably happen in the future. Although fate and destiny are significant, there is also the possibility that the actions of some characters were self induced. Elizabethan England was completely different to today's society. What we find acceptable currently, would have been frowned upon. The two audiences respond to the play differently. An Elizabethan audience would not question events such as Romeo and Juliet's death as they were a violent society and accepted it as a consequence of life. As Romeo and Juliet's death may not have affected them, the fact their deaths were due to suicide, would. ...read more.


This is an example that they were destined to meet and fall in love and fate and destiny enables this to happen and the play to unfold. Before the ball scene, Romeo speaks of an unknown danger, 'hanging in the stars'. This sighting of events expected to occur being written in the stars, explains how life is predetermined. It also shows Romeo that his life is destined to be fateful and full of woe. At this point in the play, Romeo does not fully understand that he has no control over what is written in the stars, and if he had noticed this here, maybe his life would have been longer and prosper than it was. The Friar warns Romeo that people who act in a brusque manner often have very negative and destructive consequences. This warning reminds the audience that Romeo's life is already predetermined and that is nothing he can do to control or change what has already been foreseen. Before Mercutio is killed, he yells out in anger that 'A plague o both your houses'. These words are a reminder to the tragedy that is to occur. It triggers the audience into remembering that the prologue has already informed them of the predetermined. Romeo himself realises that fate and destiny has much to do with the events that have already happened. ...read more.


As the two audiences have different views, they also have different ideas of the purpose and source of life. The Elizabethan society believed much more in astronomy and the stars. They believed that every star represented a person from the past. They also assumed that a higher power had planned out their life, like a road map, and there was nothing they could do to change anything from happening. Today society sees life as a rollercoaster and it can take you anywhere and you can choose your own road to travel with many different forks along the way. Today's audience believe there is no plan and whatever you want to achieve in life you can. Romeo and Juliet's death could have been caused by the strength of the love of the couple and the hate of the families. Fate and destiny are hugely significant as they met entirely by fate and fell in love immediately. Their relationship was carried by bad luck and they both tragically die. Shakespeare has countless times when he could have saved both of the lovers, but he does not. He gives little hope that the two will survive, but as the play goes on, that hope is destroyed. Shakespeare had intended everything to happen for a reason. The prologue makes the audience aware of the events to come. Truly fate and destiny are the most dominant forces in the play, and are hugely responsible for both the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. ...read more.

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