Theme of Fate and Coincidence in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

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Romeo and Juliet

Do you believe in fate and coincidence? In the play Romeo and Juliet written by William Shakesphere many coincidences occurred that could have changed the outcome of the story if they had not happened. In the beginning of the play the prologue states the words “star-crossed lovers” indicating that the play will not turn out well. There are many instances in which Shakesphere shows these coincidental events in his play Romeo and Juliet. An example of a coincidence in the play is that, Capulet asked the servant to read the invitation list and invite the people. He couldn’t read, so he went to find someone who could, he came upon Romeo and it just so happened that Romeo's love Rosaline was on the list. Romeo snuck into the party and ended up falling in love with Juliet. If the servant would have been able to read he would have never approached Romeo, Romeo would have had no knowledge of the party and would have never met Juliet.

One of the most important coincidences in the play that keep Romeo and Juliet from being together, is that their families are enemies. If the two families wouldn’t have been enemies the tragic deaths of the young lovers would have never occurred. Another coincidence in the play is that the wedding that Juliet’s father had arranged was moved up a day. This ruined her plans of faking her death so she could escape with Romeo and turned out with both of them being dead. If the date of the wedding would have not changed Juliet could have succeeded with her plans and ran away with Romeo and they would still be alive.

In conclusion, these are only a few instances in which Shakesphere shows coincidental events in his play Romeo and Juliet.
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