Romeo and Juliet: Fate

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Fate: the course of someone's life, or the outcome of a particular situation for someone or something, seen as beyond their control. This is exactly what determines Romeo and Juliet’s beginning and end. The play, The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare, is about two young lovers in Verona, from opposing families, whose passion to be together against all odds, leads to their demise. Shakespeare introduces their relationship as “A pair of star-crossed lovers” (Prologue.1.6) which stems from the belief that the stars rule the fate of people’s lives. Romeo and Juliet could not control their destiny because it was predetermined for them to be together eternally.

Fate strongly affects the way that Romeo and Juliet first meet and fall in love with one another. First, of all people, Capulet servant Peter asks Romeo to read the guest list of the Capulet party. This leads to Romeo seeing his initial love, Rosaline, on the list and tempts him to want to attend so he can see her. It was Romeo’s destiny to be chosen to read the list that encourages him to attend the affair. Without ever reading the list, Romeo would never have the chance to meet Juliet due to their feuding families, which would keep him from attending the party. At their first meeting, Romeo uses religious images to express his feelings for Juliet by saying, “O, then, dear saint, let lips do what hands do! / They pray; grant thou, lest faith turn to despair.” (1.5.105) In this quote, he talk to her as if she is a saint and prays that she will kiss him. He tells her that if she doesn’t kiss her, he will lose all faith. This is where divine intervention plays a role in their destiny.

Additionally, after the party Juliet soliloquizes on her balcony and doesn’t know that Romeo is just below her. As fate would have it, he hears her and confirms his love back to her. When Romeo proclaims, “My life were better ended by their hate / Than death proroguèd, wanting of...
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