Fate In William Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet

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Fate In William Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet In the Shakespearean play Romeo and Juliet; besides love and revenge, fate is one of the main themes in the play. The whole play revolves around the concept of fate, and Shakespeare makes his audience quite aware of this on the prologue at the start of the play. Fate is an uncontrollable power or thought that is said to make things happen, fate is destiny. It is predestination where everything in and around your life is set out for you. Some people believe in fate, that there is a higher power that, that someone controls everything we do, that we have no free will. People who believe in fate believe that their life is pre-destined and set in the stars even before you are born. However other people do not believe in fate and say that everything you do is your own choice, and if you try hard enough you can make your own future. In this play Shakespeare plays God, he controls everything does in the play. From what people do and say, to where they go and even how and when they die. By playing the role of God he is omniscient, he makes the audience aware of this. By doing this he creates dramatic irony, where the audience knows what is going to happen before the characters do. Shakespeare does this so the audience know just enough, not all the details, otherwise there would be no need to watch the play. The prologue practically sums up the story in a few lines. One of the most important lines in the prologue is “A pair of star cross’d lovers.” This means that fate is written in the stars, that two people will fall in love. Also adding “Take their life.” Onto the end means that the stars are crossed against them and that their life/lives will end in a fatality. The line “Death mark’d love” also tells us that their love is already marked by death. In act 1, scene 2 fate first enters the play.
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