Theme Of Fate In Romeo And Juliet

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From the beginning, Romeo and Juliet were star-crossed lovers. Their love was secret and would have been frowned upon by their families. Their love and untimely deaths would not have happened if fate hadn’t manipulated events. Fate is a constant occurrence, a controlling force, and a major theme in Romeo and Juliet. Throughout the play, fate is a regular occurrence, and is mentioned or subtly hinted at. When Romeo is on the way to the Capulet’s party he foreshadows what will happen, exclaiming that he has a bad feeling about going to the party, and a disaster will happen because of his presence there: “ I fear, too early: for my mind misgives / Some consequences, yet hanging in the stars / Shall bitterly begin his fearful date(1.5. 112-15). Hanging in the stars is a reference to fate. It suggests that if Romeo arrives at the Capulet’s party he will ignite a series of circumstances that lead to his eventual death. This is an example of how fate is subtly hinted at in the play. An example that fate is a constant occurrence is when Friar John fails to deliver his message to...
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