Theme Of Foreshadowing In Romeo And Juliet

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In order to draw the reader in and gain their full attention, an author will often use the concepts of fate and foreshadowing. The art of foreshadowing encompasses the idea of showing or indicating an event or events beforehand (Random). Now the author does not always make these hints so clear or blatant. This creates the feel that the reader must go on in order to figure what has been foreshadowed. Fate and foreshadowing are often a joint ideology in Shakespearean writing. Throughout all of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and Julius Caesar, the role of fate and foreshadowing sculpt the plays in their entirety. The story of two star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet, was a play written based on the ideas of fate and foreshadowing. For…show more content…
As Mercutio scolds this, bloody murder is taking place. Two negative things in the matter of no time foreshadow a downfall upon Rome and Juliet in the near future. The spark shared between Romeo and Juliet also foreshadows negativity. Romeo is a Montaque while Juliet is a Capulet. These two families are huge rivals and never have gotten along. They must keep their love in the secrecy of themselves and themselves only. If either one of their families were to find out about their love it would have cause chaos in both households. It is not their fate to be lovers, in fact it IS their fate NOT to be lovers. Everything is against them, their families are rivals, Romeo kills Juliet’s cousin and Romeo is actually living when Juliet kills herself. In Act 5, Romeo states “ ‘Of a despised life clos’d in my breast, by some vile forfeit of untimely death ‘ “(Examples). Romeo is saying he will be dead before it is his natural time to go, foreshadowing an early death. Throughout the whole play Rome and Juliet are always referring to death in a metaphorical manner. Ignorant to the fact that they are attempting to change their fate, at the same time, also provoking an early death. The way their…show more content…
The soothsayer was looking out for Caesar because he sensed a bad omen coming his way. Julius Ceasar was too ignorant to even acknowledge him. On March 15, Julius Caesar was stabbed 23 times in the back by his own men. If he had taken precaution after hearing the soothsayer say that line to him, things could have wound up differently. As Caesar begins to gain more and more power, his headstrongness increases as well. When a person starts to get cocky and arrogant, just as Caesar is, one can assume that negative things will be coming their way. The fall of the Roman Empire begins due to his arrogance. The people who were once Caesar’s friends and loyal soldiers began to plan his assassination. Shakespeare uses fate for the drama it brings in this play. Caesar himself even recognizes fat throughout the storyline. “ ‘ It seems to me most strange that men should fear… seeing that death, a necessary end. ‘ “ (and Lawrence). What he is saying is that he believes some events are a natural occurrence and one cannot prevent these things from happening. It is quite ironic that he believes fate exists but is ignorant to his own. By boasting his power he shades himself from realizing he is tempting his fate and even his death. Also, Calphurnia attempts to warn Caesar on not going to the city to give his speech due to her very
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