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By cmellobear Apr 27, 2014 731 Words
Fate is defined as a force, principle or power that predetermines events, it is the inevitable events that are destined by this force. Romeo and Juliet's fates were intertwined from the moment of their birth, families driven by hate pushing two young lovers together. At their impressionable age, love can seem like the only aspect of life. Having overtaken their thoughts and lives. How could they have denied each other the passion they felt? If fate is real then there was nothing that anyone could have done to help these star-crossed lovers from their path. All events surrounding the lovers such as: the feud between the two families, the horrible series of accidents that ruin Friar's well-intentioned plans, the tragic timing of Rome's suicide and Juliet's awakening all work in the hands of fate.

Shakespeare intends the audience to see that the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet was destined to happen’ In the play, Romeo and Juliet written by William Shakespeare, is about two “star crossed” lovers who are destined to end in a tragic accident. Fate is the path that leads to the future and cannot be altered no matter the outcome. Set in Shakespearean time, fate was believed to be in control of people’s lives. The fact that Romeo and Juliet would never live a peaceful life, none of the tragedies would have not taken place if they had not met. In the prologue of the play, Shakespeare outlines that “two star’d crossed lovers take their life”. This foreshadowing creates the sense that fate shall claim superiority. The powerful nature of Romeo and Juliet’s love is also a prime factor that leads to the tragedy. Romeo and Juliet were responsible for their own physical deaths, but fate played an important role in putting the two lovers in suicidal mindset. One of the main sparks to Romeo and Juliet’s downfall could have been avoided if the Montague’s and Capulet’s did not have a feud and if Romeo and Juliet did not meet. The Montague’s and Capulet’s have been in a family feud for a long time, and this is one of the reasons why Romeo and Juliet were fated to meet. When the Capulet’s decided to host a ball, fate was the one who brought one of the Capulet’s servants to Romeo to help read out the guest list. Romeo, who discovered that Rosaline was attending, decided to “Gate- Crash” to see his love. As Romeo entered the ball he says “I fear too early; for my mind misgives some consequence, yet hanging in the stars”, meaning that Romeo sensed an urge that something terrible will happen. Knowing this Romeo continues on despite knowing that fate cannot be altered. When Romeo and Juliet encountered each other, they fell in love at first sight. Fate brought Romeo to the ball to make him forget about Rosaline and fall for another woman from the opposite family

Fate plays a major role in the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet. The prologue describes Romeo's and Juliet's fate, which we see come up many times later on in the play. Throughout the play, Romeo and Juliet unwittingly realize they cannot exist in such reality and that a tragic fate awaits them. The two families, the Montagues and the Capulets continue being rivals all the way to the end of the play until the inevitable event takes its place.

In the play, there are many pieces of evidence that further present the prologue's sad foretold reality. Even as early as the first scene of the play, we already see some evidence to back up the prologue. "[Romeo]…And makes himself and artificial night." (I, i, 38) This passage can be seen as the foreshadowing of Romeo's suicide. Another line said by Montague, which is "Unless good council may the cause remove" (I, i, 140), also is evidence of Romeo's tragedy. In the first act, Romeo is introduced. His great sadness is shown right away and the theme of love is seen as well. Through Romeo's mellow mood we see how desperate he is for love. Romeo is in love with Juliet, which is the daughter of an enemy to the house of Montagues. Fate is definitely involved here, and this innocent love is the first step in a chain of events that lead to the fate driven tragedy.

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