Romeo and Juliet’s tragic demise was due to their transgression, their ‘passion’.” (Encyclopedia Britannica, “Shakespeare”). However one accepts fate to be taking place in Romeo and Juliet, it is clear that certain events are taking place, and they aren’t as a result of direct conscience decisions by characters. These events of fate have immeasurable affect on the characters and story. Among the lessons of love and hate in this play, this message, that we are not always in control of what happens to us, is very important and relevant.
Controlling every miniscule detail of the play from human behavior to action sequences, to the ultimate climax of the tale. The power that fate has is surprisingly destructible yet inevitable to audiences as they come to realize the given characteristics that cannot be changed, even to avoid death. The moment Romeo and Juliet initially saw one another, they were sure their love was meant to be. This feeling was brought on because their love was the solution of the stars, or forefathers, to cure the rivaling families’ animosity. Fate contributes to the development of The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet by relating to astrological terms, human behavior, and fate as an agent of destruction.
William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet According to the dictionary, fate is the “inevitable destiny or necessity destined term of life; doom.” This means that fate can be described as a pre-planned sequence of events influencing ones life. Romeo and Juliet would have been performed to an Elizabethan audience who believed very strongly in “fate” and “fortune”. Fate was destined to happen and no one could alter it. Throughout the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare constantly utilises the motif of stars to convey and develop the prominent theme of fate. Even and early as the prologue, the words “A pair of star-cross’d lovers…” reveal Shakespeare’s intent in conveying the association of fate with this motif.
This conveys to the reader that no matter what actions Romeo and Juliet take during the course of the play, their destinies remain doomed. Farther along in the prologue, Shakespeare continues to interpolate fate into his play, referring to the love of Romeo and Juliet as “death-mark’d,” (I. Prologue. l. 9) another word describing fate. By using this specific word, Shakespeare informs his audience that the love of Romeo and Juliet is destined to end in death. Because of the use of two very strong words describing fate, “star-crossed” and “death-marked,” a reader easily sees that Romeo and Juliet possess little control over the events that eventually lead to their deaths.
From the very beginning, Shakespeare shows clearly that Romeo and Juliet’s lives are controlled by fate, and also that they are destined to suffer tragic consequences. This is made clear in the Prologue, where they are described as ‘Star-cross’d lovers’, this emphasises that they are controlled by the stars and nothing can be done to change this. Shakespeare also uses the phrase ‘Death-marked love’ to show the audience that their love is doomed, and it will lead to something tragic. Fate is referred to throughout the play, especially by Romeo and Juilet themselves. Romeo...
Topic: ‘A pair of star-cross’d lovers take their life.’ Discuss the part fate plays in Romeo and Juliet. The classic idea of the fate that is embodied in the famous play “Romeo and Juliet” has an exceptionally crucial force, pulling the characters into an emotionally heightened state. The fate that is portrayed in the play becomes tremendously suspenseful which undoubtedly superintends the two young lovers to meet in the first place. The evident aspects of the play which unravel the role fate plays in the lives of Romeo and Juliet include the young lovers finding that they are from different families, the unfortunate death of Tybalt due to a misunderstanding and the unpredicted failure of Friar Lawrence’s plan to reunite the two star crossed
William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet Works Cited Missing Shakespeare cleverly masks the true meaning of Romeo and Juliet behind the idea of a pair of 'star crossed lovers' controlled by fate and destiny. Close study of the play reveals a very different meaning. Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet' is all about the human condition. It is based around two star crossed lovers, who's affections are torn apart by their family's feuds. The play is structured so that the ending is inevitable, and all outcomes are due to the characters human conditions and the effect that others apply to the situation.
This is why the love of Romeo and Juliet is prompted by the role of fate. However, fate is feared by the characters. Romeo is afraid of what fate has lead him up to, “is love a tender thing? It is too rough, too rude, too boist’rous and it pricks like thorn”, “I fe... ... middle of paper ... ...e story, the entire play covers common ground, that is the themes of fate, love, conflict, status, gender and death. The role of fate is the most important of all themes because all the themes tie into the role of fate.
Romeo and Juliet, have three main causes for their deaths: the role of fate, through its control over everyone, the role of the feud between the Capulets and Montagues, and the role of Romeo, in the death of himself and Juliet. Friar Laurence has a role in their deaths, but has pure intentions and is not to blame. Throughout the play, fate had a major role in everyone’s beliefs, actions and demise, with the tragic deaths of Romeo and Juliet being a predetermined outcome dictated by fate. Foreshadowing is evident throughout the play and predetermines the events that will unfold. Superstition was a common belief in this time, with each individual believing in the spiritual.
A great argument could be made any way for this fate versus free will debate, but I feel that Shakespeare decided to show fate in the text as a surface level detail. He had different characters use fate in different ways to convey their feelings. This use of fate, especially with Friar Lawrence, helped show the idea that it was the choices of everyone in Romeo and Juliet that eventually ended in the tragic deaths of Paris, Romeo, Juliet, Tybalt and Mercutio’s death, as well as the death of Lady Montague of grief. Works Cited Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare