Theme Of Fate In Romeo And Juliet

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In Romeo and Juliet, a play by Shakespeare, the characters are subject to fate and destiny and hence, have no control, whatsoever, over their lives. Shakespeare repeatedly refers to fate, the idea of a predetermined future or a hidden power beyond anyone’s control through various techniques. There is a sense of inexorable doom throughout the whole play which is made evident through the characters’ repetitive acknowledgement of destiny, as well as the constant foreshadowing and coincidences that take place. Romeo and Juliet have their entire lives played out according to fate and destiny which is obvious through the many references to their predestined future. The various characters of the play recognise destiny and fate for playing a role…show more content…
The Capulets send out an illiterate servant to deliver invitations for a party, who just so happens to ask Romeo for help, ‘can you read anything you see?’ (1.2.60). This encounter originally encourages Romeo to attend the party in hopes of seeing Rosaline, but he ends up meeting Juliet, who he falls madly in love with, ‘did my heart love till now?’ (1.5.51), even though by social relation she happens to be his ‘great enemy’ (1.5.136). It is quite an ironic coincident that Romeo goes to the party to find Rosaline, the girl he loved to find Juliet, the girl he loves so much that he dies for her. Romeo’s response to the servant, ‘Ay, mine own fortune in my misery’ (1.2.58), could be interpreted as him recognising fate playing a role of misery his love life. A series of unlucky coincidences involve Romeo not receiving Friar Laurence’s letter in Mantua, causing Romeo much distress, which led him to buy poison from an Apothecary who, coincidentally, sells it to Romeo only because ‘my poverty, but not my will, consents’ (5.2.75). Romeo arrives at the tomb to find Juliet “dead”, provoking him to drink the poison, ‘Here’s to my love!’ (5.3.119). Moments later, Juliet wakes up to realise Romeo is dead and she too is prepared to ‘die with a restorative’ (5.3.166). Curtesy to fate, the Friar’s letter did not reach Romeo in Mantua which encouraged Romeo to buy poison, which it had to be from an Apothecary in need of money. This led to another unfortunate coincidence of Romeo killing himself by Juliet's side just moments before she woke up. The many coincidences that take place throughout the play are clear examples to prove that Romeo and Juliet lived their entire lives according to their predetermined
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