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Fate in Romeo and Juliet

By mckeeabbie23 Feb 26, 2014 691 Words
In Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, fate plays a substantial role. The Capulets and Montague quarrel plays a big part in this play because it starts this whole cycle. Romeo meets Juliet at the Capulet party, and when Romeo gets banished because he killed Tybalt, Juliet fakes death to be able to be with Romeo in marriage in Mantua. At the end Romeo and Juliet both die because of the misunderstanding that Juliet is faking her death. Did fate play a hand in all of this madness? Fate played a major role because there was never a moment without something that would not have happened without fate in the story of these star-crossed lovers.

Without fate, Romeo and Juliet would have never met. When Peter asked them to read the guest list for him, he did not know that Romeo and his friends were Montagues. They would not have known about the party without this and since Romeo and Juliet met at the Capulet’s party, this meeting between Peter and Romeo started the whole cycle. Fate put Romeo on that street and it made Peter ask them. It made Romeo forget about Rosaline and fall in love with Juliet. Like Capulet says, “He has a reputation throughout Verona as a virtuous and well-behaved young man. I wouldn’t insult him in my own house for all the wealth in this town. So calm down. Just ignore him” (903-904). The Capulets only knew of Romeo, but they had never met him. That means that Juliet definitely would not have known Romeo without fate helping.

Fate also caused Juliet’s cousin and Romeo’s friend to die in the same day. It was just a normal day. Then everything changed in a blink of an eye. Tybalt did not have to fight Romeo and his friends, but him and his friends decided to. Imagine what would have happened in the story if fate had not just jumped right in and cause the fight to happen. This by his voice, should be a Montague. “Fetch me my rapier, boy. What dares the slave, Come hither, covered with an antic face, To flee and scorn at our solemnity? Now, by the stock and honor of my kin, To strike him dead I hold it not a sin” (903). Tybalt is naturally aggressive, but why was he there at the same time as Romeo and his friends? They did not plan to meet, but they did. Fate in a single day caused two young men to die.

Another way that fate played a role in Romeo and Juliet is that from the beginning they knew that they were being troubled by fate. Even in the prologue it implies that they are troubled by fate in the story, “Doth with their death bury their parents' strife.The fearful passage of their death-marked love, and the continuance of their parents' rage, which, but their children’s end, naught could remove” (901). The Friar married them to end their parents rage, but little did he know that in the end it was only their death that could end their feud. The theme of fate continues throughout the story, but it all has to do with these star-crossed lovers.

As shown in the reasons above, fate plays a tremendous role in this story. There are so many examples of fate, and so many reasons why. Romeo and Juliet is a tale of fate. There is no way around it. It is in every corner and on every page. Most books and plays just have a few examples of fate, but in Romeo and Juliet there are almost to many to count. Shakespeare’s writing always has the best examples of fate and Romeo and Juliet is one of my all-time favorites. This play makes you feel for the characters, and puts you in their position. This gives us a better feel for the role of fate and how it affects the characters. There is never a moment in this play that does not have an example of fate in it, and if there was, it would change the story forever.

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