Romeo & Juliet Forshadowing

Topics: Romeo and Juliet, Characters in Romeo and Juliet, Romeo Montague Pages: 3 (775 words) Published: September 27, 2010
Kevin Power
Period 2
Romeo & Juliet Foreshadowing Essay

In the majority of Shakespeare's works of literature there is some variation or form of foreshadowing. Throughout his work of art, Romeo and Juliet, there is quite a few obvious examples of foreshadowing and then there is other more abstract instances of it. Within Romeo and Juliet there are multiple foreshadowings that I shall discuss.

Technically the Prologue is not foreshadowing, which hints at future events, but rather telling what happens. The Chorus’ sonnet sums up the plot of the play by talking about the two feuding families, and the star-crossed lovers who take their lives which results in the resolution the family’s alliances. Somehow Shakespeare is still able to make the reader be consumed by his play even when they’re aware of the outcome. This talent is unbelievable and I was astounded by how engrossed I was during the reading of Romeo and Juliet because of it. He is able to tell you the conclusion without spoiling how it gets there.

One example of the numerous foreshadowing in this novel takes place right before Romeo and his friends enter the party. At the door of the Capulet estate, Romeo makes objections then Mercutio says that they are wasting time and Romeo replies to that, “I fear, too early: for my mind misgives/ Some consequence yet hanging in the stars/ Shall bitterly begin his fearful date/ With this night's revels and expire the term/ Of a despised life closed in my breast/ By some vile forfeit of untimely death. But He, that hath the steerage of my course/ Direct my sail! On, lusty gentlemen.” This quote foreshadows the incidents that take place in the rest of the play, "consequence" does begin its appointed time "date" that night, and that series of events does terminate the duration "expire the term" of Romeo's life with premature "untimely" death. Shakespeare is exceptionally discreet with his foreshadowing and keeps in mind the slightest details....
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