How Does Fate Affect Romeo and Juliet

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- William Shakespeare’s tragic play, “Romeo and Juliet”, was written in 1597. This tragedy is based on the passion of love, including images of fate and death. - Elizabethans strongly believed that fate controlled their lives and everything was planned out. Most people believed that the power of the stars could foretell the future. In the prologue, Shakespeare mentions Romeo and Juliet’s destinies: “A pair of star cross’d lovers take their life” this suggests that stars take control of the two lovers’ destiny. - The prologue suggests that fate will play a very important role in “Romeo and Juliet. It is written as a sonnet, which usually deals with the theme of love. The Montagues and the Capulets hold an “ancient grunge” against each other. Romeo and Juliet are “star-cross’d lovers”, fate has determined that Romeo and Juliet cannot live happily together and their love is “mark’d” by “death”. “But their children’s end, naught could remove”, it also tells us that the two lovers will end their parents’ fight by dying. Romeo and Juliet are destined to die and they cannot escape from their fate. - Entirely by fate, an illiterate servant of the Capulets asks Romeo to invites Romeo to their party. Romeo believes that something will happen if he goes to the party and he talks to fate as if fate exists. “Some consequence yet hanging in the stars”, it is foreshowing that the chain of events will “expire the term” of Romeo’s life with “untimely death”. Romeo premonition seems to be in keeping with what the Chorus tells us in the Prologue. “He”, the god, “hath the steerage of my course” suggests that God is directing Romeo’s fate and he is more melodramatic than religious. However, despite his forewarning, he goes to the party because he trusts fate. - Romeo and Juliet meet at the party and Juliet foreshadows her death for Romeo. In the first conversation of Romeo and Juliet, they share a sonnet which uses the images of saints and pilgrims. “For saints have hands that...
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